Joanna Anastasia

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Recycled cardboard Christmas tree: easy winter craft

Easy winter craft

When the first snow appeared out the window we decided that it was about time for a winter craft. Because homeschooling isn’t only about letters and numbers, but also about fine mother skills, creativity and simply having fun together ( and making mess, just wait and see!).

This little winter craft is really fun for all ages. If you have toddlers on your hand, let them paint the cardboard Christmas tree. If you have preschoolers, they can even cut the tree out and assemble everything all alone. And if you don’t mind cleaning the glitter for days and days to come, then both of them can sprinkle their trees with glitter ! (Yes, I did have glitter for days after.Yes, it did drive me crazy..)

What you’ll need:

Cardboard ( can be old envelopes or a cereal box)
Scissors
Glue
Paint ( green and white)
Glitter

Winter craft

Cut out the Christmas tree. Cut two at the same time, so you have two matching shapes.
It doesn’t need to be perfect! If you’re using a cereal box, or an old cardboard envelope, just glue the printed sides together, and then cut out the tree (this is what we did with one of the pre-assembled-tree-in-making)

Now cut a line from the bottom up in the first one, and from the top down on the second one.

Winter craft

Paint them in green or white, and sprinkle with glitter. Although if you don’t want to have glitter everywhere, just skip this step. Although it’s much more pretty with glitter..

Winter craft

Slide the matching tree sides together, and let it sparkle!

Winter craft

If your kids are older (and I’m assuming more patient then mine are) you could give them some mini pompoms to glue to their trees, or cut out little stars and add them too.

Winter craft

Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll have fun!

Easy handmade ornaments

Today is the Holiday Blog hop: which means, that on top of my awesome easy Christmas ornament inspiration, you get to see other Christmas decoration ideas at once ! Yey :)!

Oh, Christmas Trees! Blog HopSo thanks for stopping by our Holiday Blog Hop! If you’re looking for inspiration for your tree, DIY ornaments, or just want to see some really gorgeous, fun, and creative Christmas trees, then you’ll LOVE the hop,

“Oh, Christmas Trees!”

Don’t forget to follow the links at the end of the post to visit all the great blogs!

 Easy Christmas ornaments

I bought these transparent ornaments last year, when I was heavily pregnant and looking for calm activities to do with my toddler. Of course, in the end, we didn’t decorate them at all. I think I overestimated my at the time two year old daughter. And my at the time energy level ( pretty low). So this year, I decided it’s time to paint them!

But, again, in the end we didn’t paint them. We did something better :). We added gold glitter ! And after my daughters suggestion, I decided to offer them as gifts, so I also painted the names of our family members on them, to make them personalized πŸ™‚

 Easy Christmas ornaments

All you need is:

Transparent ornaments
Glitter
Sharpie

Pour as much glitter as you wish inside the transparent ornament, and personalize it with a hand written name ! And if you’d make it with a three year old like I did, you will have glitter everywhere for a week, including your car. But it’s totally worth it ! πŸ˜‰

 Easy Christmas ornaments

And here is another Christmas ornament that we did, and this one we managed to make last year :). It’s an air dry clay, that’s super easy to prepare, and once dried really really white. We used cookie cutters, and we had so much fun! It’s really a toddler friendly craft, that you could try this year :). And if you click here you’ll find out how to make them :).

 Easy Christmas ornaments

And as you can see, this year my simple & rustic Christmas tree is rather small, but it’s because I needed to put it out of my crawling babies way πŸ™‚ but I still love it, especially because of our hand made ornaments that I did together with Lili :).

 Easy Christmas ornaments

For more fabulous Christmas inspiration, check out these blogs!

Create and Babble

Denise Designed

Lazy Mom’s Blog

Blue Willow House

My Patch of Blue Sky

I am Homemaker