Little Christmas Tree Decoration

Little Christmas Tree Decoration

This craft is very simple to do and you can really go to town with decorating it! Prop the little Christmas tree decoration up on your mantelpiece, use it to make a Christmas card, or hang it from your real Christmas tree. You could even plant it in a tiny pot and use it to decorate your Christmas table.

Watch Tilly make the tree in our video, or scroll down for written instructions…

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Little Christmas Tree Decoration

You will need:

Lollipop sticks (popsicle sticks), green (or plain, painted green)
Green pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
Beads (optional)
Glitter glue (optional)
PVA (white) glue – for making a card or hanging decoration
Ribbon – for hanging the decoration

Little Christmas tree decoration

Instructions:

1. For a simple Christmas tree:

Place the pipe cleaner on top of the lollipop stick, at right angles to it, and about 1 inch down from the top with about 1 inch protruding to one side. Holding it in place with your thumb, wrap the pipe cleaner tightly round the lollipop stick and then trim.

Do the same 2 or 3 more times down the lollipop stick, each time making the “branches” slightly longer.

Christmas tree card

2. Make a Christmas card:

Run a thick line of PVA glue along the lollipop stick and place the tree onto a folded card. Weight it down while the glue sets. We added a gel star sticker above our tree.

3. Beading your tree:

Even the youngest kids will find it easy to push little beads onto the branches of the tree. We used pearly beads on our glittery pipe cleaner tree, and bright plastic beads on our plain pipe cleaner tree.

Beaded Christmas tree decoration

4. Make a hanging Christmas tree decoration

To make a hanging decoration, you will need two lollipop sticks. Make a loop of ribbon and sandwich it between two lollipop sticks, gluing it in place. Younger children should wait for it to dry and the continue as before. Older kids should be able to continue straight away if they hold the sticks firmly in place while they wind the first loop of pipe cleaner around the lollipop sticks!

Christmas Printable Books


Christmas Activities

Christmas Printable Books

Santa’s Train
Printable Book

A short, printable Christmas book about a train for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short sentences to copy. The pages are: Santa is in the cab of the steam engine. Elves are shoveling coal in the coal tender. Reindeer are in the cattle car. Candy canes are in the boxcar. Carolers are singing in the observation car. Gingerbread men are in the dining car. Snowmen are in the coach car. Gifts are in the baggage car. The tree is in the caboose.

Santa’s Mystery Train
Printable Book

A short, printable Christmas book for early fluent readers with fill-in-the blanks on each page. The pages are: Santa is in the cab of the steam engine. Elves are shoveling coal in the coal tender. Reindeer are riding in the cattle car. Candy canes are packed in the boxcar. Carolers are singing in the observation car. Gingerbread cookies are baking in the dining car. Snowmen are melting in the coach car. Gifts are hidden in the baggage car. The tree is in the red caboose.

Christmas I See…
Printable Book

A short book about Christmas to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The pages are: I see a star, angel, tree, reindeer, stocking, Santa Claus, candy cane, holly, and gift.

Christmas Tree Activity Book
Printable Book

A short activity book about Christmas trees to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The activities are: decorate a tree, do a maze, color by number, connect the dots, and match the trees.

I Can Decorate A Christmas Tree Activity Book
Printable Book

A short, printable activity book about decorating a Christmas tree for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The decorations are: a star, an angel, Santa, lights, candy canes, snowmen, snowflakes and everything.

Christmas Letters
Printable Book

A short book about the letters in the word Christmas to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The pages are on carolers, holly, reindeer, icicles, Santa Claus, tree, mittens, angel, and star.

Christmas Counting Book
Printable Book

A short, printable book about the numbers with a Christmas theme (for early readers), with pages for the student to color, items to count, and short phrases to copy.

Christmas Counting Book (with numbers)
Printable Book

A short, printable book about the numbers with a Christmas theme (for early readers), with pages for the student to color, items to count, and short phrases to copy.

Reindeer Shape Book to Print

A short activity/information book about reindeer to print, with pages on connect-the-dots, word unscrambles, anatomy, facts, and questions.

How Many Reindeer?
Printable Number Book

A short, printable book for early readers, about reindeer and the numbers from 1 to 10, with pages for the student to cut out, items to count and color, and short phrases to copy.

Santa Claus Activity Book
Printable Book

A short activity book about Santa Claus to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The activities are: finish the drawing of Santa, do a maze, color by number, connect the dots, and match the Santas.

Santa Has…
A Printable Book

A short activity book about Santa to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color, words to finish, and short phrases to copy. The words are: cap, boots, belt, buckle, mittens, jacket, pants, beard, and mustache.

The Gingerbread Man’s Clothes

A short book about clothes to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, clothes to color, and a short phrase to copy. The clothes include buttons, cap, belt, mittens, pants, scarf, vest, and shoes.

My Gingerbread House

An activity book about a gingerbread house to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, pictures to draw (walls, door, windows, roof, and chimney), and short phrases to copy.

Snowman

An activity book about snowmen to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, activities to do (matching, color-by-numbers, connect-the-dots, unscramble the words, drawing, and label the snowman), and short phrases to copy.

This Snowman Has…

An activity book about snowmen to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, words to finish (hat, eyes, nose, mouth, scarf, and buttons), and short phrases to copy.

Snowflakes

An information book about snowflakes to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, activities to do (matching and questions to answer), and short phrases to copy.

Penguin Shape Book

A short book to print about penguins, with pages on 3 penguin species, a penguin unscramble, match the penguins, penguin facts, and penguin questions.

How Many Penguins?
Printable Number Book

A short, printable book for early readers, about penguins and the numbers from 1 to 10, with pages for the student to cut out, items to count and color, and a short phrase to copy.

Winter: I See…

A short book about winter and counting to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, pictures to color, and short phrases to copy.

Winter Colors

A short book about winter and colors to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, pictures to color, and short phrases to copy.

Winter: How Many?

A short book about winter and counting to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, things to count, pictures to color, and short phrases to copy.

Winter: I Can…

A short activity book about winter to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, activities to do (coloring, drawing, counting, finding first letters of words, etc.), and short phrases to copy.

Train: On the Train

Print a short book about riding on a train and colors(for early readers). The student copies a sentence and colors a train car. The pages include a black steam engine, blue passenger coach, green dining car, yellow boxcar, brown gondola, purple sleeper car, gray observation car, orange baggage car, and red caboose.


How Many Arctic Animals?

A short book about Arctic animals and counting to print for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, animals to count, pictures of Arctic animals to color, and short phrases to copy. The animals include the reindeer, polar bear, Arctic fox, narwhal, walrus, seal, ox, moose, orca, and snowy owl.

Winter Holiday Cover Page

A cover page to use with the rectangular Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa pages.

Snowman Necklace or Ornament

 

Snowman Necklace or Ornament

Make a snowman that you can wear as a necklace or use as an ornament.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • White glue (like Elmer’s glue)
  • Paper clip
  • Waxed paper
  • Scraps of construction paper: black, and orange
  • A hole punch (for cutting eyes, and buttons)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (from a craft store) – optional
  • Tiny buttons – optional
  • 2 very tiny twigs (for arms)
  • String or yarn (for hanging it)

 

Working on waxed paper, spread 2 or 3 blobs of white glue in the shape of a snowman. Unfold a paper clip into a V-shape (to use as a hanger).

Cut a tiny hat from black construction paper and put it on the snowman on top of the paper clip hanger. Put the ends of the paper clip into the glue at the top of the snowman. For the snowman’s eyes, use black paper circles cut with a hole punch, or use googly eyes. Put the eyes on the snowman. Add a tiny orange (carrot-shaped) nose. Add a few paper buttons (or small real buttons) down the front of the body.

Let the glue dry – it will take a few days. When it dries, the glue will become transparent. When it is completely dry, peel it gently off the waxed paper. String the snowman on some yarn for a cool necklace or use a shorter string to use as an ornament.

Candy Cane Sleigh

This project, the Candy Cane Craft Candy Cane Sleigh is easy to make. This is a great craft for kids – well its fun for the whole family if you can get some of the candy onto the sleigh instead of in your tummy they look even better!

 

Material needed for Candy Cane Sleigh

Two candy canes
one regular size Hershey bar or other candy bar
wrapping paper
curling ribbon
decoratively wrapped christmas candies
hot glue *used under supervision!

Instructions for your Candy Cane Sleigh:

The first thing you need to do is to make the sleigh: Plug in your glue gun in a safe area; clean kitchen counter works well (high up from kids). Wrap your Hershey’s chocolate bar with paper. To assemble sleigh, you want to make a line of glue on the bottom of the wrapped bar, on the long side but still underneath. Before the glue cools, press candy cane onto it, being sure the hook is over the candy bar (see photo). Do the same with the other side. Now you may unplug hot glue gun.

Wrap the miniature candy one at a time, or in bundles. You can see in the photo I also took a square of cellophane and placed some kissables in and pulled up the sides, and tied with a ribbon. This works well with loose candy (gumdrops, M&M’s). The Christmas candy is usually already wrapped festively so you don’t need to wrap them if you don’t want to (great for kids too).

Once wrapped, “presents” can be taped on (tape loop) in any way you wish. Use your imagination! You could add a “rope” to pull the sleigh. My husband suggested a miniature chocolate foil Santa in the front. These make great gifts, and fun to make at family gatherings! Kids make them while the parents snack on the extra candy.

Honeydew Christmas Tree

My 8 year old is having his Christmas class party tomorrow and it is first thing in the morning. It will be a breakfast type of thing and we were assigned to bring fruit. Green grapes were already snatched up by someone else so we were a bit limited on how creative we could be and make it simple. We ended up with this Honeydew Christmas Tree and we are so pleased with how cute it turned out. I just can never be ok with dropping off a bag of fruit, but that’s just me!
We used 1 honeydew melon, maraschino cherries, 1 pineapple slice from a can, and just a few dark grapes. We were just going to use a 9×13 tray and cut up strawberries for the background around the tree. However, we found these tree trays at Kroger on clearance and it worked out perfect!
We cut our honeydew into squares and just layered them on the tree tray. We cut 1 pineapple slice to look like a star on top. We cut the cherries in half and lined them up to look like garland. We put a few dark grapes at the bottom for the tree trunk.
How easy is that! Green grapes would look pretty on this as well!