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DIY Kids’ Christmas Tree Craft

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12 Days of Holiday Crafts by Crafting Cheerfully

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Two handmade Christmas tree kids crafts made from felt, pipe cleaners, beads and buttons.

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. 

Christmas trees made from felt, decorated with buttons and sequins; the trunk is made from brown beads and there is a yellow pom pom star on the top.

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.

Check out some of my other favorite holiday kids’ crafts including my Stocking Craft and Snow Globe Ornaments.

Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Supplies Needed:

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.  

A tray of cute decorating supplies, sheets of green felt, pipe cleaners and a bottle of glue.

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. 

A white paper triangle is traced on green felt using a red and white pencil.

A ruler is used to mark where to punch holes at the top and bottom of the green triangle.

Holes are punched in the top and bottom of the green felt triangle.

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. 

A brown bead is added to the bottom of a green pipe cleaner and secured.

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.

A plastic tray filled with buttons, foam stickers, sequins, gems, yellow pom poms and brown pony beads.

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. 

A tray of decorating supplies lays next to a bottle of glue, green triangle and pipe cleaner.

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! 

A collage of pictures showing a brown bead placed on the end of a pipe cleaner, followed by more brown beads and a felt triangle to form a tree.

A Christmas tree made from felt, decorated with buttons and sequins; the trunk is made from brown beads and there is a yellow pom pom star on the top.

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. 

Christmas trees made from felt, decorated with buttons and sequins; the trunk is made from brown beads and there is a yellow pom pom star on the top.

How to Download the Free Tree Template

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Christmas. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

 

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