This past weekend just flew by, but I did manage to make a little craft with my two little ones. We made little Christmas tree wall flags. I really love how these turned out. I had the boys paint rows of dots using their finger tips to make a tree. I think the fact that they used their "fingerprints" makes them all the more special as I now have a keepsake that will remind me of how little they were. <3 This craft was really easy to pull together and was completed with items I had around the house. I also love how making their little art into a wall flag really turns it into a modern Christmas decor item. I decided to hang the tree made by my older son above his bed and the one made by my youngest is above my desk.
My four year-old was able to do this craft by himself after a little explanation. The two year-old also did really well after I helped him get started. Unfortunately, we're dealing with a little sibling rivalry lately, and older brother decided to add a few dots (the bigger ones in the photo) around little brother's tree. I still love it and I think you can still see how well even a two year-old can complete this craft. I love seeing where he got off track a little too. Below you'll find the directions for this craft.
Kids Modern Christmas Tree Wall Flag:
1. Gather your materials:
- cardstock (I cut a standard 8 1/2"x 11" piece into the shape of a wall flag. The base of the triangular bottom portion starts at 6" from the top)
- craft paint (I used acrylic for the black tree and regular washable kids craft paint for the green tree)
- washi tape for the trunk
- wooden stars, star stickers, etc. (You could also just paint/draw a star on top)
- Craft glue and/or hot glue(+ glue gun)
- paint stir stick (You may have one of these around your house or you can get these for free at the Home improvement store)
- Utility knife
2. With a pencil draw horizontal lines across the card stock. I spaced my lines 2 cm apart. The width of the lines starting from the bottom up are: 11cm, 9 cm, 7 cm, 5 cm, 3 cm and 1 cm.
3. a) Have your child dip their index finger in paint and make dots along each line. You may have to help smaller children get the hang of it. (I had mine practice putting dots on a line on a scrap piece of paper first)
b) Make a trunk and put a star on top. I used washi tape for the trunk and had my boys glue on wooden stars.
4. Cut you paint stir stick to the width of the wall flag.
5. Glue the wall flag to paint stir stick and then glue some string or twine to either end of the the paint stir stick. (I did this part myself as I decided to use hot glue to speed up the process a little. Young children should not be allowed near a hot glue gun as serious injury could occur)
6. Hang your child's artwork where both of you can enjoy it!
This was a really fun project to complete with my kids. I hope you give it a try with yours. You can also find another kids Christmas tree craft here.