If it was up to me we wouldn’t be doing anything Christmas related until the 1st December….but I have an excited 4 1/2 year old in the house who has already been asking “what are we doing after Halloween?”. So that’s how I found myself setting up this Sticky Contact Paper Christmas Tree today on the 1st November.
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One of our favourite Christmas books from last year was The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll and although we made small Christmas Trees with playdough and Handprint Christmas Trees we didn’t do anything on a large scale like the book which is where the inspiration for this craft came from.
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It took quite awhile to set this up (around 15 minutes) but this is mostly due to my inability to use contact paper without getting into a fight with it.
Firstly I marked out the shape of a large Christmas tree onto the contact paper and then cut it out. I then attached it to the wall sticky side up using sticky tape. To make the tree stand out I cut strips of green card and attached them directly on to the contact paper around the outline of the tree.
Emma from Adventures of Adam also did something similar with her DIY Sticky Tree but painted a green christmas tree first then put the contact paper over the top which looks a lot more effective. Next time I have the patience to set this up I’m going to try it this way.
I placed the foam christmas shapes onto a tray for Georgia, who has spent the last two weeks dressed as a witch, and she got stuck straight in.
Using the foam shapes meant they could be taken off and reattached over and over again which all my Little Tots have enjoyed doing. You could also use buttons, pom poms, Christmas confetti, stickers….whatever you have.
This is a great activity for practicing fine and gross motor skills as well as counting and story telling with the shapes.
She completed the tree with a large gold sparkly snowflake sticker we found amongst our Christmas craft bits as well as some present stickers she placed at the bottom.
I think I’ll leave this up for the rest of the week so all my Little Tots can enjoy rearranging the stickers on it but then I think we’ll leave the rest of the Christmas activities until December!
- Sparkly Puffy Paint Snowman // The Snowman // Emma Owl
- Loop Loom Christmas Potholders // Madeline’s Christmas // Syncopated Mama
- Christmas Drum Craft // Drummer Boy // Teach Beside Me
- Washi Tape Christmas Garland // The Fir Tree // Mum in the Mad House
If you’re looking for more inexpensive Christmas crafts kids can make we love this book from Red Ted Art – 30 Christmas Ornaments for kids