3D Pine Christmas Trees

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Fake it till you make it!

Walking home from nursery a few weeks ago, Little Feet A looked up at the trees and noticed that all the leaves had gone. She then added, ‘but the one outside our house still has all it’s leaves.’ Very observant! So then naturally we had a conversation about evergreen trees, pine trees and obviously Christmas trees! This conversation made me chuckle as I had thought of this craft about an hour previously and already had a pushchair full of pine needles, unbeknown to her. I love it when life’s beautiful symmetry alines like that sometimes!

So there is some prep for this and it is adult heavy however, it is a really fun way to spend an hour with your kids and both Little Feet A and B (4 and 2 years old) enjoyed getting involved. Also, there is no need to make it 3D, you can easily just do a 2D one and it is just as effective as I will show you below.

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What you need:

  • Cardboard from package, we used Amazon boxes

  • Contact paper (the stick back transparent paper)

  • Scissors

  • Pen

  • Pine needles from a pine tree.

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Instructions:

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  1. Go on a walk and find a pine tree. Collect a small bag full of it’s needles.

  2. Draw out a Christmas tree shape on your cardboard. Then draw a second small Christmas tree inside this one. There needs to be at least a couple of inches between the two. Cut around the outline of the Christmas tree and then cut out the smaller Christmas tree inside that one. See image above.

  3. Repeat this making sure that the next one is the same size but looks like the one on the right.

  4. Trace around the outline of your trees onto the paper side of the contact paper. You will need 4 lots of contact paper tree cut outs - too for each cardboard tree.

  5. Take the paper side of the contact paper off one of the cut outs and stick it to one side of your cardboard trees. Place with the sticky side facing up. Press along the cardboard to help it stick.

  6. Let your Little Feet stick pine needles on top the sticky paper.

  7. When they have finished, take another cut out contact paper tree, take of the backing and place it on top of the pine needles, face down. Press all over to help it stick, especially on the cardboard bit.

  8. Repeat with your second cardboard Christmas tree. When it is pine needle filled and contact papered up, use your scissors to cut out the contact paper in the vertical opening. This is where we will be slotting the Christmas trees together.

  9. One the Christmas that is whole, cut down from the tip of the tree a quarter of the way down.

  10. Now slot the trees together and there you have it!

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End result!

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Want something more simple?

Keep it 2d!

They are just as fun and effective. Bringing the outside in in an easy sensory craft.

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Ice Baubles - filled with bird seed

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So firstly, if you aren’t a member of the Woodland’s Trust, in particular the Nature Detectives Membership for your kids. Not an ad in the slightest, but it is £1.50 a month and every month your kids get a little pack sent out. A total bargain and great for getting yourself and the Little Feet out with a task in mind. Anyway, one of the emails I received this month had some festive ideas and one of them was creating icy decorations for your gardens. Well I got so excited about this idea. It is so simple and really easy to do. In their idea they used things like red berries and fern branches to decorate the decorations. In our version we have made it bird friendly and have filled them up with a seed mixture. The options are pretty endless.

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A while age I saw these silicone ice cube trays that were completely spherical. My imagination ran away with me when I considered the sheer amount of craft options that I could do with them. As with many things I buy, I always know if something will be useful at some point, even if I don’t know exactly what and when. Well as it it happened they were for this (as a start anyway!). Obviously it is not a requirement you this shape, any ice cube tray will do, even a plastic one. I just prefer a silicone one as it beats having to bang the ice cube tray on the side counter to get them out.

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What you will need:

  • Water

  • Ice tray (Silicone probably easier)

  • Seeds

  • Spoon

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Tree to hang them on

Instructions:

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  1. Spoon in your seeds into your silicone mould.

  2. Fill up with cooled boiled water. This helps the water freeze transparent as opposed to misty.

  3. Cut bits of string, long enough so that there is enough room to hang off a branch.

  4. Put both ends of each of your cut string into each section of the ice tray.

  5. Carefully place you ice tray into the freezer and leave to freeze.

  6. When frozen take them out of the trays and go outside and hang them up.

  7. Watch for birds or squirrels to see who has a nibble!

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