Family Time: Winter Holiday Art Projects

At Speedy Blaze we understand the importance of family, and with all that has been happening in the world, it's good to slow down and spend quality time with those you love.


Creating crafts as a family is a rewarding experience, especially during the holidays. Generally, we keep a small bin full of leftover goodies our children think would be great for crafting later; think- toilet paper/paper towel tubes, crayon bits, fabric, ribbon & paper scraps. We also try to have a few other things tucked away in our arts and crafts cupboard; such as- glue sticks, hot glue gun, glitter, kid safe scissors, pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint & paint brushes. Typically, our craft cupboard isn’t fully stocked which always gives us the opportunity to get creative!


Below are a couple examples of Christmas Tree crafts that are easy to do with just about anything lying around the house. Please do not follow instructions- instead, use the instructions as a blueprint to let your family’s own creativity run wild. So, take a minute to look everything over and get an idea of what you want to try- don’t worry I put down more than a few ideas to play with….. Let's get creative!


Christmas Tree Art Project: Paper Scraps

Materials Needed:

  • Scrap paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, left over ribbon, anything you can cut into strips that you can layer into a tree. It doesn’t even have to be green; you can make your tree as colorful as you want!

  • Glue stick, elmer's glue, or hot glue gun (may need an adults help)

  • Scissors (may need an adults help)

  • A paper for your background; a paper bag works really well

  • Pencil

  • Paper to cut a star out of - for the top of your Christmas tree.

  • Paper to cut a stump shape for your Christmas tree.

  • Anything extra you want to use, to get super creative!

Tips:

The picture above may look a little dull, but it’s meant to! I hope to get your creative minds buzzing- what could we do to dress this tree up? Perhaps, paper decorations? Glitter? Get in the Christmas spirit - cut out pictures of gifts you want for Christmas to put under your tree. This is just an idea to jumpstart your creativity! As a parent, or caregiver, please gauge the level of help your child may need. Take a moment to read over the directions a couple times so you can get an idea of how you want to create your tree.

Best Tip: Have fun spending time with your kid(s) creating a festive tree of your own!


Instructions:

  1. Cut your paper/material into strips; they can vary in size and length.

  2. Use a pencil to sketch a light triangle on your background. (Think Christmas tree shaped)

  3. Starting at the bottom of the triangle, glue your strips down to your background working your way up. You may need to cut some of the strips to adjust their size.

  4. Cut a rectangular shape for your stump & a star; glue those down.

  5. While the glue is drying, feel free to cut out decorations or presents to glue to your tree.

  6. Once the tree is dry, decorate it as you like- with what you would like!


Christmas Tree Art Project- Cardboard Stamp/Stencil

Materials Needed:

  • Paint for creating your Christmas tree. If you don’t have paint- you can use left over paper, wrapping paper, or fabric and cut out circles instead.

  • Scissors, glue stick, or hot glue gun- if cutting out circles. (may need an adults help)

  • A piece of paper for your background; paper bags and t-shirts work well too.

  • A pencil, or marker- paintbrush, or q tips work really well too, if painting decorations.

  • Cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper, anything with a cylinder shape you can dip in paint and use as a stamp - OR - use as a stencil to trace and cut out circles.

  • Anything extra you want to use, to get super creative!

Tips:

The example above is just a general idea of what you are going for; please get as creative as you want! You could draw what you want for Christmas in each circle. Christmas morning it’s fun to save some of the different wrapping papers, use the cardboard tube as a stencil and cut out wrapping paper circles to stack up as a Christmas tree. You can use yarn/ glitter & glue to outline each of your circles. Maybe you want to layer your circles instead of stacking them in neat rows. This is just an idea to jumpstart your creativity! As a parent, or caregiver, please gauge the level of help your child may need. Take a moment to read over the directions a couple times and get an idea of how you want to create your Christmas tree.

Best Tip: Create 1 tree as a family; cut out 15 circles of past family Christmas gatherings, to arrange as your family Christmas tree.


Instructions:

  1. Paint: spread the color paint you would around in a circle, a little bigger than your cylinder, on your plate.

  2. No Paint: use your cylinder as a stencil to trace 15 circles with a pencil/marker on your paper/pictures/fabric you’re using. Draw/trace your tree and stump as well.

  3. Paint: Stamp one end of your cylinder into your paint, jiggle it around a little, then stamp it onto your background; following the 15 circle tree pattern shown.

  4. No Paint: cut out your 15 circles and glue them to your background; following the 15 circle tree pattern. Cutout star & stump; glue them to your tree.

  5. Paint: Allow paint to dry; then paint or draw a star & stump on your tree.

  6. No Paint: Allow glue to dry.

  7. Paint: After the paint has dried, feel free to decorate your tree as desired. Using q tips & paint is a great way to decorate your tree.

  8. No Paint: After glue has dried, decorate! Ribbon is great to glue down as garland on your tree!

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