- 2 white sheets of Cardstock paper
- liquid watercolors
(or regular watercolors)
- table salt
- 2 small paper plates
- green acrylic paint
- 2 pipecleaners (We used Shimmer Sticks received from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com)
- fauceted beads (received from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com)
- small white poms (received from our friends at Craftprojectideas.com)
- gold glitter (we used our Glitter Shakers received from Craftprojectideas.com)
2. Next, paint a sheet of white cardstock with blue and purple watercolors. Add sprinkles of salt while painting and at the end over all the wet spots. Let this dry completely.
3. While the first two steps are drying, it’s time to make the pretty garland to decorate the trees. We used our silver shimmer sticks and Faceted Beads we received from Craftprojectideas.com to make these. You can find them at your local Walmart. Cut the shimmer stick in half and put beads on each half, leaving a small space empty on each side. We made two for each tree.
5. When your paper plates are dry, cut each plate into thirds. I did this part for my kids. Then have them glue each piece together in a layered effect.
My toddler was able to help with this craft in so many ways. She helped paint the paper plates green and painted the entire background in watercolors by herself. She was a huge help in sprinkling the salt all over the paper as well. She is an expert at putting the beads on the shimmer sticks, and we are getting so much practice with hand eye coordination with her putting the tiny pom’s on all the glue dots. So what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to tackle a big project like this with a toddler!
Our favorite Christmas Tree story this time of year is Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry.Mr. Willowby’s tree comes in by special delivery but when they put it up in his parlor, it’s too tall to fit. Mr. Willoby asks his butler to cut the top of the tree off. Follow along the story and watch as a handful of friendly forest creatures all get to share in the Christmas joy of the tree.