Recycled Christmas Trees

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I don’t know about you guys, but I think a lot of people have turned to online Christmas shopping over the alternative of being in shops. It means you can do it whenever you have a moment and more importantly you can avoid the crowd hysteria that seems to happen every year. I’ll take pyjamas, a laptop, sofa and glass of wine over huffing shoppers. People seem to have a sense of humour failure in December and really that is a serious dampner to anyone’s Christmas spirit. As a kickback effect this means more and more people are turning to doing it online and as a result this means that we get a lot of cardboard packaging.

This year I have been thinking about this and if I can utilise all this cardboard. So it will be no surprise then to see that a lot of my Christmas crafts this year are done using recyclables. What you have in your house. Doing crafts does not have to be expensive and at Christmas we do not want to be spending more on crafts for kids. SO, here is a craft that is easy, cheap and really fun for your Little Feet.

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From this, to this.

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These trees for example, are made of Amazon boxes, kitchen and loo rolls. Now all you need are some fun festive items to decorate them with! If you don’t want to use paint, why not consider using green spray paint or even better, leave them bare as a naked tree style. There is no right or wrong, what ever your Little Feet fancy doing.

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What you need:

  • Cardboard

  • Toilet/kitchen roll

  • PVA and or glue gun with glue sticks (I used a glue gun to stick them together and then the girls used PVA to stick the pom poms on)

  • Paint and paintbrush (green)

  • Pom poms,

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Items to use to decorate:

  • Paint

  • Glitter

  • Sequins

  • Pom-poms

  • Buttons

  • Pine needles

  • Tinsel

  • Felt

Instructions:

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  1. Start by drawing 4+ circles on your cardboard, decreasing in size. These will represent the rows of branches. Cut them out.

  2. Then cut your toilet/kitchen roll into thick slices, these will be your tree trunks.

  3. Now draw little stars to top your tree and cut them out.

  4. Using either pva or a glue gun, stack them up and glue them down.

  5. When the glue has dried paint them green (this can be optional, there is no real reason to paint them, however your kids might enjoy this!)

  6. When the paint is dry get out your pom poms, we had two separate sizes. Pop them in some tupperware and let them decorate the trees with pom poms! You could also use sequins, glitter, stickers, tinsel, anything really!

  7. At this point we decided to make the star on top glittery. We covered it in pva and sprinkled glitter all over them.

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Both Little Feet A and B (4 and 2 years old) really enjoyed doing this craft and I have to say that the finished product looks seriously fab! We have part of the play room decorated with all their Christmas crafts an it is starting to really look very festive!

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If you guys do decide to do this, please take pictures and tag us in them, we want to see them!

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