DIY Decorative Tree

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My children thoroughly enjoy arts and crafts, especially when it involves gluing things together and getting sparkles everywhere! This activity is great when it's too cold to play outside during the winter months. This craft has almost no prep, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour to complete (depending on the decorations you use) and you can choose any theme you want. 

These decorative trees are a nice complement to our other holiday decorations! 

Step 1: What you will need...

Scissors

Glue

1 piece of construction paper (or you could use a paper plate) for each tree

1 salad or desert plate

Pencil or pen

Decorations of your choice 
 

Step 2: Making the tree

1. Place the plate upside down on the construction paper, trace it with a pencil or pen and cut out the circle.

2. Find the middle of the circle and cut a straight line from the outside of the circle to the center.

3. Lay the circle down in front of you with the slit at 12 o'clock, then put a line of glue along the slit at 12:01 on the side facing you and a line of glue along the slit at 11:59 on the side facing the table.

4. Pick up the circle and wrap it around to make a tree shape, pressing the glue and construction paper together gently.

If your child wants to paint or colour on the construction paper, you may find it easier to let them do this before you glue the tree together.

Step 3: Decorating the tree

You can decorate these trees using any theme or trinkets you would like. If you are doing this activity with younger children they may just colour the construction paper using bingo dabbers or crayons before you glue the tree together. Older children may want to start by drawing on, painting or colouring the construction paper with markers or pencil crayons. 

Some ideas for decorating the tree are: sparkles, stickers, glitter glue, ribbon, buttons, gemstones, beads, feathers, mini pom-poms, etc. We thought it would be fun to use small pieces of seashells, a reminder of one of our family vacations by the ocean. For one of our tree toppers we wrapped sparkly yarn around a small pinecone that we found on the ground outside.

We hope you have as much fun making these trees as we did!