Ducks 'n a Row: Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

18 December 2015

Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

By Sinea Pies
This paper plate craft is fun for all ages. In just a few simple steps a paper plate is transformed into a conic Christmas tree! Easy enough for preschoolers :)

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When I first discovered this craft, I said "We have to do this in my preschool class. They will love it!" You see, each year my little kiddos make a Snowman Playdough Craft, which we did again this year.  It is such a great take-home that can be put on display. I even give them a little winter-scape mat to put them on. The Christmas tree craft can be a compliment to go with their snowmen or looks great on its own and it is really, really easy and fun to do.

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Miss N is so proud of her lovely Christmas tree! 

Since my students are 3 years old, I simplified the process by making the cones in advance.  They loved painting them using little sponges and tempera paint. 
I bought rectangular sponges from the Dollar Tree and cut them into 6 squares each - a perfect size for little hands.

After painting their trees with green paint, we let them dry for a couple of hours. When we came back, we used multi-colored pom poms dipped in white school glue to be the ornaments. Then we added more glue using cotton swabs as brushes. We sprinkled some glitter on it and, voila,  a lovely decoration.

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How To Make a Paper Plate Christmas Tree

Plain white paper plates
Cellophane Tape
Pom Poms
White Glue

Cut a "pie wedge" out of the plate.
Fold the larger part of the plate around and fasten with tape inside, forming a cone.
Dip a small sponge in green tempera paint and pat or rub the cone till it is covered.
Let it dry.
Next: dip pom poms in white school glue.
Place them as ornaments on the tree.
Paint glue in dots or squiggles on other parts of the tree.
Sprinkle glitter on them.

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