Christmas Tree Bags

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

Green card

Paintbrushes

Cotton balls

Cotton buds

Bits of sponge

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Making the Paper

I covered the table in newspaper and let the children have fun.

Jumpy was really happy with a paintbrush.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Making the Paper - Jumpy

Beanie made dots with cotton buds and a paintbrush.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Making the Paper - Beanie

Crevette went for stamping with sponge squares.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Making the Paper - Crevette

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

Scissors

PVA glue mixed with water

Red tissue paper

Kraft paper

Red card

Black pen

Ribbon

Twine

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - What you Need

Crevette and I drew tree shapes on the card.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Tree Outline

Crevette cut them and we stuck them on the bags.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Cutting the Trees

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.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Final Details

I made the tags with a small piece of Kraft paper backed on red card.

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents - Tags

Et voilà!

Christmas Tree Bags for Homemade presents

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Louise
    12/12/2014 / 11:32 pm

    So glad that my cards helped inspire you – these bags look amazing and love the tissue paper baubles – that’s given me some more ideas for our cards now! I love the way your children have gone for slightly different approaches to painting on the green card too x

    • 12/12/2014 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks again for the inspiration Louise; I really loved Jessica’s cards and wanted to do something similar. Funny how they each have their own style already. I could tell their doodles apart without knowing you had done them!

  2. myrecipebookuk
    14/12/2014 / 10:00 am

    These are so cute and I’m sure whoever receives a gift in one of these will really appreciate the extra special wrapping.

    • 14/12/2014 / 12:31 pm

      All ready for the children’s teachers!

  3. 14/12/2014 / 7:00 pm

    Dans cette maison on travaille très bien ! C’est impressionnant tout ceux qu’arrivent à faire! Bravo!!

    • 14/12/2014 / 7:11 pm

      On ne s’ennuie vraiment pas! Mon grand a toujours envie de se lancer dans des petits projets.

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