DIY Christmas Tree Craft

This time of year, I love to get the kids involved with crafts and activities as a way to make our homeschool a little more fun and spunky! I also like to try to make it as educational as possible. It’s also that time of the year we love to make Christmas crafts! This year, one of the educational crafts we will be focusing on is the history of the Christmas Tree.

Bringing a Christmas Tree inside the home is pretty much accredited with Germany in the 16th century. They would bring a Christmas Tree inside the house, decorate it much as we do today, but with flowers and “pretty things”. The tree symbolized the value of life.

Even in the heart of winter when everything was dead, the tree would still be inside, alive, and beautiful.

Throughout the years, the decorations on the Christmas Tree has changed, but I like to think that the basic meaning still remains. We love decorating the tree in different themes each year and, sometimes, we like to have more than one!

One thing I like teaching my kids in regards to the Christmas Tree is something you can find in the book The ADVENTure of Christmas. It is one of the books we read each year through Advent and as we study Christmas Around The World! 

 

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Christmas Trees are triangle in shape. Many people, myself included, like to think of how that symbolizes the Trinity. During the early years of the Christmas Tree, people placed fresh fruit and edible items on the tree (some continue this tradition today).

Then candles were placed representing The Light of The World. Some of the first “ornaments” besides food items included the Nativity.

Although the majority of us no longer use candles, we all enjoy looking at the twinkling lights. As I sit mesmerized by the lights, I like to think of things I can do such as random acts of kindness, paying it forward, being the hands and feet of Jesus throughout the Christmas Season. Basically, reflecting on how to “be the light” to others.

Creating this craft with my children is a great chance to tie in devotions from our Advent studies and encourage them to also find ways to “be the light.” As our Christmas Tree points heavenward, I like to reflect on my eternal home not being of this world. My kids and I have some pretty in-depth discussions.

This craft is fun and funky, but it is also a great way to have conversations with your kids.

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Ok! Let’s dive into What you need to make this fun DIY Christmas Tree Decoration!

 

DIY Christmas Tree Decoration

 

This winter, I decided to get the kids involved in a fun craft to accompany our Christmas Tree lessons. That’s where this Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Craft comes into play. Enjoy!

Supplies:

 

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • “Ornaments”- can be glitter, sequins, buttons, etc.
  • White Pom Pom
  • Mini Terra/Clay Pot (about 2”)
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Foam

Directions:

Lay out 6 popsicle sticks. Grab a pencil and draw a Christmas Tree shape onto the sticks.

 

Carefully cut the sticks along the line you just drew. (An adult should do this part)

 

 

Layout 2 popsicle sticks vertically and start stacking your tree sticks on top of them. Carefully hot glue each stick to the back (we’ll call that part the trunk!). Leave about ½”-1” on the top to attach your pom pom later.

Grab your paint and paint the whole thing green. Let dry.

Hot glue your pom pom to the empty space on top of the tree parts. (see picture)

Glue sequins, buttons, etc all around the tree! Be creative!

Cut a piece of foam that fits snuggly into your mini pot and glue it in so it doesn’t move.

Stick the bottom of your Christmas Tree sticks right into it!

Add more sequins, fake snow, whatever else you can think of all around the base of the tree to cover up the foam and you’re done!

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DIY Christmas Tree Craft

DIY Christmas Tree Craft

This winter, I decided to get the kids involved in a fun craft to accompany our Christmas Tree lessons. That’s where this Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Craft comes into play. Enjoy!

Materials

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • “Ornaments” can be glitter, sequins, buttons, etc
  • White Pom Pom
  • Mini Terra/Clay Pot about 2”
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Foam

Instructions

  1. Lay out 6 popsicle sticks. Grab a pencil and draw a Christmas Tree shape onto the sticks.
  2. Carefully cut the sticks along the line you just drew. (An adult should do this part)
  3. Lay out 2 popsicle sticks vertically and start stacking your tree sticks on top of them. Carefully hot glue each stick to the back (We’ll call that part the trunk!) Leave about ½”-1” on the top to attach your pom pom later.
  4. Grab your paint and paint the whole thing green. Let dry.
  5. Hot glue your pom pom to the empty space on top of the tree parts. (see picture)
  6. Glue sequins, buttons, etc all around the tree! Be creative!
  7. Cut a piece of foam that fits snuggly into your mini pot and glue it in so it doesn’t move.
  8. Stick the bottom of your Christmas Tree sticks right into it!
  9. Add more sequins, fake snow, etc all around the base of the tree to cover up the foam and you’re done!

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