These Mini Christmas Trees are such a fun craft to make with the kids! It’s a great way to use your extra Christmas tree clippings and your kids have so much fun decorating them!
Can you believe that Christmas is just about a week away? We’ve been doing lots of baking and crafts to keep busy lately and these Mini Christmas Trees were a huge hit with both my children! These are like little personal Christmas trees that your kids can decorate any way they like.
My kids are at the ages where they both really want to help decorate our Christmas tree. This year we let them go crazy and put ornaments wherever they wanted but it still made me cringe a little bit 🙂 We had a few limbs leftover from trimming the bottom of the tree so I thought it would be fun to make the kids some mini Christmas trees and let them decorate them however they wanted.
materials needed for mini Christmas trees
- Cardboard – We always have some extra cardboard lying around so I like to use it for craft projects. Cardboard is sturdy and holds up well over time. You could also use card stock or a thick construction paper.
- Glue – I always like to use hot glue for my craft projects because it dried quickly and holds things together really well. You definitely have to be careful while using it with kids though. I like to operate the glue gun and let the kids stick the stuff on. Elmers glue would also work, it would just take a little longer too dry.
- Tree branch cuttings – I used some of the cuttings we got from trimming our Christmas tree as well as some cuttings off a big juniper bush we have outside. You can use whatever kind of coniferous tree cuttings you can get.
- Decorations – We used nature items to decorate our mini Christmas trees but you can use anything you want! There’s not much growing outside right now but we were able to find some different colored berries, dried flower buds, pinecones that we painted yellow for our stars and bark for the tree trunk. Store-bought items like pompoms, beads, pipe cleaners and other craft items would be great too.
how to make this kid’s Christmas tree craft
These Mini Christmas Trees are super easy and fun to make! Here are the steps:
- You can either trace the shape of a Christmas tree onto your cardboard or draw it freehand. Then, carefully cut the Christmas trees out. I did most of the cutting and let my 4 year old help a little bit.
- Second step is to glue the bark on the tree trunk at the bottom and then start gluing your branch cuttings on. You can arrange them however you like. Try to make sure you cover as much of the cardboard as you can. Once you have all the greenery glued on you can attach your star.
- Lastly, let your kids decorate the tree however they like! They can put as many ornaments as they want on.
this activity is great for kids of all ages!
Kids of all ages will enjoy this Christmas activity (parents too)! Here are some modification suggestions based on your child’s age and abilities:
- Young children – For young kids who might not be able to do as much you can get the tree all ready for them and they can just help put the ornaments on or point to where they want the ornaments to go.
- For kids who are a little older, they can assemble the tree and put the ornaments on themselves.
- And then even older kids will be able to do the entire activity by themselves.
looking for more fun kid’s Christmas crafts?
- Boughs from pine, juniper, pinion, spruce, fur tree
- Decorations (nature items or store-bought items)
- Hot glue gun or Elmers glue
- Draw a Christmas tree shape on your cardboard and use scissors to cut it out.
- Use hot glue or elmers glue to attach the bark at the bottom and then start gluing down your pine tree limbs. Try to cover as much of the cardboard as you can.
- Attach your star and then start decorating your tree with the materials you have.