Hello Crafty Friends! Today is day seven of my series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and its kid craft day! Each year I like to share at least one craft for kids in my series and I’m so excited to share this cute kid’s Christmas tree craft with you today!
These cute Christmas trees are created from felt and green pipe cleaners. Everything is threaded onto the pipe cleaner including the beaded trunk and the felt tree. The top of the pipe cleaner is formed into a loop, perfect for displaying the tree around the house or turning it into a holiday ornament.
There is just a little bit of prep needed to get this activity set up. Grown-ups can cut the felt trees, set up the supplies and set up the beaded tree trunk. Then kids can then take over, creating finishing the beaded trunk and decorating the tree. The tree can be decorated with all sorts of fun craft supplies including buttons, sequins, gems and stickers.
Crafting with kids around the holidays is so much fun. This is a great craft for a larger group since most of the supplies you need come in large quantities. But it is also fun to make with your kids at home or a smaller group. Search through your own craft supplies for similar items that could work. You can also switch up the green felt for green cardstock or construction paper.
Christmas Tree Craft for Kids
I purchased most of my supplies at my local Joann Fabrics. Below I’ve included links to the Joann supplies I used, as well as similar options on Amazon.
- Free triangle tree template – located in my Resource Library
- Apple Green Stiffened Felt by Kunin (4 trees will fit on one sheet of 9″ x 12″ felt.
- Green pipe cleaners/chenille stems on Amazon
- Brown Pony Beads (Brown Pony Beads on Amazon)
- Yellow Pom Poms (Yellow Pom Poms on Amazon)
- Hole Punch
Preparing the Craft
There are just a few things an adult will need to do to set up this craft. Start by cutting out green triangles for the trees and punch a hole in the top and bottom with a hole punch. Use a ruler to make sure the holes line up vertically. Use my free template or draw your own tree template with a triangle that measures 5.5″ tall and 5.5″ wide at the base.
The next thing that is helpful to prepare ahead of time is adding a pony bead to the bottom of the pipe cleaner and wrapping the pipe cleaner so it won’t slip off.
Finally, gather decorating supplies and lay them out using a tray or bowls. This allows children to see all of the fun decorating options and they can decide what to use. You may want to just set out the decorations and keep the pony beads and pom poms separate.
Craft Set Up
Set out the tray of decorating supplies, the pipe cleaner, felt triangle, and a bottle of glue and the craft is ready! The tree can be decorated with all sorts of fun craft supplies including buttons, sequins, gems and stickers.
If your child is old enough to use a glue bottle on their own they can glue each decoration on. I like to repeat the phrase “Just a dot, not a lot” when giving my kids a glue bottle! For younger kids, grown-ups can add dots of glue around the tree and little ones can press the decorations on. Tip: Just put out a few dots of glue at a time. The felt will absorb them if sitting for too long.
Craft Time for Kids!
Kids can add pony beads for the trunk of the tree. My kids each added six more beads. Then slide the green tree triangle on the pipe cleaner and loop the pipe cleaner at the top. Kids can decorate the tree and finish it with a yellow Pom Pom star!
This craft is so cute and fun to display for Christmas. My kids used their tree as ornaments already and love the way the sequins sparkle on our tree.
How to Download the Free Tree Template
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