The inspiration for our Christmas tree bags came when I saw the cards Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love had made with her little girl. Check out Louise’s post; the cards would be perfect as the first Christmas cards to make with a pre-schooler.
Our bags did not take long to make, but they provided a quick, enjoyable activity for two days in a row. The first step was to have fun and create customised card that would be used for our trees. I gave the children everything I had in the house for that purpose: several shades of green paint, cotton buds, paintbrushes, a sponge cut into small squares and cotton balls. You could use anything, really.
This is what the children used to make the customised card:
Newspaper to protect the table
Washable paints in several shades of green
Bits of sponge
I covered the table in newspaper and let the children have fun.
Jumpy was really happy with a paintbrush.
Beanie made dots with cotton buds and a paintbrush.
Crevette went for stamping with sponge squares.
We let their artwork dry for the night.
To make the bags and tags, we used:
Kraft string bags
Customised green card
Joyeux Noël & Merry Christmas in festive fonts, printed and cut
PVA glue mixed with water
Red tissue paper
Crevette and I drew tree shapes on the card.
Crevette cut them and we stuck them on the bags.
We stuck Joyeux Noël & Merry Christmas above and below the tree. We then made baubles by crunching small balls of tissue paper before sticking them on the trees.
I made the tags with a small piece of Kraft paper backed on red card.