Halloween and Bonfire night are behind us. The nights are drawing in. Decorations and festive treats are filling up the shelves in town.
I think it’s about that time of year when we can safely start talking about Christmas.
Which is good because that is the theme for this month’s Bostik Bloggers craft activities!
I’ve kept it simple and fun with two quick Christmas tree crafts – a super easy card idea and a festive felt activity that the children can play with again and again over the festive period.
First up is the ridiculously easy Christmas tree card, perfect if you like to add the homemade touch to your Christmas greetings.
They are so quick you could easily make a whole pile of them in an evening in front of a festive film.
To make this super simple Christmas card, you just need 2 things:
- A card blank (or just a piece of card folded in half)
- Some washi tape
I’m almost ashamed to write this as a how-to because honestly it’s so easy.
But here’s what you do:
- Cut a piece of tape to be the trunk of the tree, then stick it down.
- Choose which order you’ll use your different tapes in, aim for an alternating pattern if you only have 2 or 3 rolls.
- Cut a length of your first roll of tape and stick it down at the bottom of the tree.
- Cut a slightly shorter length of your next roll and stick it down above the first piece. You can overlap them slightly if you want to.
- Keep on doing this, with slightly shorter pieces of tape each time until you complete your tree.
And that’s it!
So simple, but really effective don’t you think?
If you don’t have washi tape then you could cut strips of patterned paper out and stick them down with glue or double sided tape instead.
My second craft activity is this easy felt Christmas tree.
I made mine to be around A5 size, so that we can use it for a Christmas-themed busy bag. I think it will be great to keep Nerys occupied if we have to sit and wait anywhere during the festive period.
Here’s what you need if you’d like to make one:
- Pieces of felt in various colours, including brown and green for the tree.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Cut your green piece of felt into a Christmas tree shape. I went for a very basic triangle for mine, but you could cut out a more fancy tree shape if you wanted to!
- Cut a small rectangle of brown felt for the tree trunk.
- Cut out some strips of felt, then snip into the sides, cutting out little pieces. This will be your tinsel.
- Cut out a little star to go at the top of the tree.
- Cut out various shapes for your other decorations. Again I kept mine really simple with little circles for baubles but you could get much more creative here.
- Cut out some squares and rectangles for presents, and thin strips of felt for ribbon.
Once you’ve cut out all the different pieces your child can have fun decorating their very own Christmas tree.
Who knows, it might keep them busy while you decorate the real tree this year!
If you want to go one step further with this you could get some big sheets of felt and create a huge version to stick up on the wall for your child to decorate again and again.
So there you go, 2 Christmas tree crafts to start getting you in the Christmas spirit in next to no time!
Do you like to get crafty and creative at this time of year?
I was sent a box of craft materials to create this post, but all words, opinions and creations are my own.