Here's a DIY holiday craft for kids that's super simple and oh-so-festive! I can't take credit for the idea, as my daughter made her first Puzzle Christmas Tree during story hour at our local library. Ms. Suzanne, the wonderful library volunteer who reads stories and does crafts with the children, told me that her former elementary students used to make these Puzzle Christmas Trees every year at school. The kids at the library enjoyed creating their trees so much that I just had to share this marvelous idea on my blog (with Suzanne's permission, of course)!
Let's Make It!
- Green, yellow, and brown construction paper
- Pen or pencil
- Yarn or string (24" piece)
- Scotch tape
- Star-shaped tracer (We traced a cookie cutter, but if you don't have one, see below for a free printable tracer.)
- Glue (optional)
- Decorations (We glued confetti stars and ribbon for the Puzzle Christmas Tree we made at home, but my daughter decorated her tree with crayon at the library.)
1) First, a grown-up must prepare the craft. On a sheet of green constriction paper, use a ruler to make a triangle in the shape of a Christmas Tree. Draw four wavy lines to separate parts of the Christmas tree to make the puzzle pieces, as shown below.
2) Use the ruler to make the trunk of the Christmas tree, and trace a star for the top. A cookie cutter works wonderfully as a tracer, but if you don't have anything star-shaped on hand, feel free to print this star.
3) Cut out the Christmas tree, trunk, and star. (Note that the bottom wavy line of the Christmas Tree is now the very bottom of the tree, rather than the original straight line that you made with the ruler.)
4) Cut your yarn/string (about 24" long), and tie a knot at the top of the string to make the hanger for the tree.
5) Now it's time to get the kids involved and have some fun! Show your child the construction paper pieces, and ask him/her to assemble the tree- just like you would a puzzle.
Beginning with the star, tape the puzzle pieces to the string, leaving about an inch of space between each piece as you make your way down.
6) Decorate the tree however you like! As I mentioned previously, my tot used crayons to decorate her Puzzle Christmas Tree at the library (tree on right), and we used ribbon and confetti stars for her tree at home (tree on left). If you prefer to glue decorations, make sure that they are lightweight, as bulkier items that require more glue may be too heavy for the tape to hold.
These Puzzle Christmas Trees are special because they're two activities in one. Kids can have fun assembling the puzzle, and then they can turn the puzzle into something festive for the holidays. I can see why Suzanne would make this craft with her elementary students every school year. The trees are super easy to prep, and the finished products would look fantastic hanging from the ceiling or tacked to a bulletin board. My tot loved making her Puzzle Christmas Trees, and I'm excited to have a new holiday craft idea for when I'm back in the classroom! Thank you for the fabulous idea, Suzanne!
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