My most treasured Christmas decorations are the ones my daughter made when she was little – and the surviving ones my brother and I made when we were little. They’re hauled out every year and even though some are becoming a little tattered around the edges they’re an integral part of our Christmas tradition. I hope these lovely ideas I found on Pinterest will inspire you to make your own precious memories with your kids.
Paper strip tree
This is so simple it doesn’t really need instructions. It’s a perfect way to use up scraps of leftover project paper or any other fairly sturdy paper around the house. If you’d prefer not to work with glue, cut up sheets of gummed paper for your tree.
*Turn this into a card for granny and grandpa.
*Use scraps of Christmas giftwrap.
*Add a few shiny stickers or bubble stickers as tree decorations.
Raid granny’s sewing box for buttons in Christmassy colours for this little wreath. Thread the buttons onto lengths of fishing line, knitting yarn or sturdy thread, tie up the ends and attach a ribbon loop and bow to hang it from the tree.
*Don’t make the wreath too big, or it will sag into an oval instead of keeping the round shape.
*Add beads or tiny round bells here and there if you like.
Music sheet tree
This is so clever and perfect for older kids with more adept fingers. It’s much less fiddly than it looks – the curled papers are attached in long horizontal strips and attached to a foam cone with pins. Find the instructions here.
*Make trees in varying sizes to create a forest display for the mantelpiece.
*Use strips of green scrapbook paper and stick tiny coloured stickers at the end of some of the “branches”.
Hands tree and wreath
Aren’t these adorable?
The wreath is made of kids’ hand outlines cut out on various shades of green scrapbooking paper and glued into a ring. Clusters of textured red stickers and a length of ribbon complete the simple design.
The tree decoration is made of parents’ and kids’ hands, each in their own colour, decorated with hand-coloured circles that look like baubles. You’ll find instructions here.
*For the wreath, create a stiff cardboard ring both as a guide for sticking down the hands and to give the wreath more stability.
*When you’re making the tree decoration, cut out extra sets of hands and make deccies for grandparents too.
These cuties are made of scrap cardboard triangles for trees (painted and decorated), toilet roll stands (painted or covered in fabric and with two slits to hold the tree) and empty coffee capsules for stars (cut and flattened).
* Use paint, stickers or glitter glue – or all three – to decorate the trees.
* If you don’t have coffee capsules, buy a pack of luminous price tags in star shapes from a stationery store.
– Alfie Steyn