" Some days we paint with large bold strokes, like when someone finishes a book report or gets a piece of music ready for performing. Most of our days are softer in color. A little dab here a little dab there, following a rough draft, but allowing ourselves to paint outside the lines when we want too. "
~ Deborah Jean

Monday, November 29, 2010

Paper Christmas Tree ~

( made by our son when he was 9 )

What do you do with wrapping paper from past Christmas's, Birthdays and other celebrations? 


Here's a fun and easy GREEN art idea just in time for Christmas! 

These two mosaic paper Christmas trees were made by our children when they were 7 and 9. 

( made by our daughter when she was 7 )

I love the SUN beaming down on her tree! 
This is a fun and easy craft for you and your children to do together on a cozy afternoon. Double the fun and invite some homeschooling pals over for some hot cocoa and a snack! 

Salvaged Christmas cards and  wrapping paper 
Construction paper
Glue Stick
  • First draw have your child draw the shape of a Christmas Tree onto a piece of construction paper. cut it out and glue it to another piece of construction paper of a contrasting color. 
  • Cut paper into various shapes and sizes.
  • Glue the pieces in any fashion that is pleasing to the eye until the entire tree is filled with paper pieces.
  • Notice the different patterns, textures, and colors on your papers as you're working together. 
  • Don't forget to decorate the top of your tree! 

* This paper mosaic technique can be
 applied to other types of sketches and drawings as well. 

The Solstice Evergreen is on our bookshelf . It's our favorite book on the history of the Christmas Tree from around the world... A fun and informative read as you create your very own  paper mosaic Christmas trees together. 

Deborah Jean 

PS.  Wendy over at Living Creatively with Children posted her paper trees yesterday too. Go take a peak!

1 comment:

  1. So cute! It looks like mosaic/ collage art, and I love the wonky shape!!
    Now that it's getting colder, I'm trying to plan more before-supper arts & crafts activities for the kids. Thanks for the idea!


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