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Recycled Christmas Tree Craft For Kids

When we think of Christmas we think of tons of different ideas, but one thing that really stands out are Christmas trees!

We all either have a fake or real Christmas tree each year in our homes. There’s picking out the Christmas tree, decorating the tree and taking family pictures with the tree!

It’s a wonderful time of year to specifically focus on our family and kids. This recycled Christmas tree craft is the perfect activity to do just that!

Since it uses cardboard and simple craft supplies, it’s a cheap way to create lasting family memories and amp up the creativity of your kids!

This simple Christmas tree craft is perfect for young kids of all ages, from toddlers, to preschool, kindergarten and early elementary.

If you want to learn how easy it is to make these DIY ornaments, read our step by step tutorial below or watch our quick video!

Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft

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Supplies

  • Cardboard or cereal box
  • Craft paint (in green, brown and yellow)
  • Buttons in various colors
  • Green yarn (optional; if you want to wrap the tree)
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Baker’s twine (optional; to make into an ornament)
  • Christmas tree template (optional; download form located at the end of the post)

Directions

Download the Christmas tree template and print out onto paper. Cut out, then retrace onto the cardboard and cut out the pieces.

Lay the cardboard out onto some newspaper or a paper plate and paint the trees green. Paint the tree stumps brown and the stars yellow. Let dry completely.

Optional: Take the green yarn and wrap around the Christmas tree. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Wrap as much or as little as you want, then glue the yarn to the back of the cardboard.

Glue the stump to the bottom of the Christmas tree.

Glue the star to the top of the Christmas tree.

Take the buttons and glue all over the tree.

Optional: If you’re going to make this Christmas tree craft into an ornament, take the baker’s twine, loop it around and glue it to the back.

Can you believe how simple and fun this Christmas tree craft is?!

It’s a quick and inexpensive way to spend time crafting together as a family, plus it makes a thoughtful homemade gift.

All you need to do is write your child’s name and the year on the back, wrap it up and give it to your favorite family member or friend! They’ll love receive this cute homemade ornament!

cardboard christmas tree craft

Making This Tree Craft With Young Kids

This craft is best suited for older preschool or kindergarten children.

Although this craft is for young kids, there are a few considerations to make when doing with toddlers or young preschoolers.

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To have the best experience possible, we recommend having all the cardboard cut out and ready to go. If you’re using a cereal box, older children with more fully developed fine motor skills may be able to cut the pieces out themselves.

recycled Christmas tree craft for kids

No matter what age the kids are, all of them will enjoy painting the cardboard! Put down an art drop cloth and let them all have a blast painting their pieces.

Once the pieces are dry and they’re ready to move on to the yarn wrapping, they may need a little adult assistance getting it ready. Help them do this by wrapping the yarn a couple of times around the tree and then model how they can continue to wrap the tree up. After they’ve completed wrapping an adult will need to glue the yarn down in the back.

easy Christmas tree craft for preschool

Share With Us

We love seeing how unique each and every one of these Christmas tree ornaments turn out! If you made one with your kids or students, we’d love to see what they look like!

Please take a picture and share them with us on our  Facebook page  or join our private Facebook group and show us in there!

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Recycled Christmas Tree Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Use up cardboard or old cereal boxes and make this recycled Christmas tree craft for kids this winter! It's a fun keepsake too!

Materials

  • Cardboard or cereal box
  • Craft paint (in green, brown and yellow)
  • Green yarn or string (optional, if you want to wrap the tree)
  • Buttons in various colors
  • Glue
  • Baker's twine (optional; to make into an ornament)
  • Christmas tree template (download form located at the end of the post)

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Download the Christmas tree template and print out onto paper. Cut out, then retrace onto the cardboard and cut out the pieces.
    2. Lay the cardboard out onto some newspaper or a paper plate and paint the trees green. Paint the tree stumps brown and the starts yellow. Let dry completely.
    3. Optional: Take the green yarn and wrap around the Christmas tree. There's no right or wrong way to do this. Wrap as much or as little as you want, then glue the yarn to the back of the cardboard.
    4. Glue the stump to the bottom of the Christmas tree.
    5. Glue the star to the top of the Christmas tree.
    6. Take the buttons and glue all over the tree.
    7. Optional: If you're going to make this Christmas tree craft into an ornament, take the baker's twine, loop it around and glue it to the back.

Free Christmas Tree Template

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