Welcome December! Long-awaited time of Christmas celebration is here. It is so nice to relive feelings and expectations through kids perception of this festive time. This festive time is not just about receiving the material gifts, it is also about the atmosphere you are building inside your family cell.
The hardest part in parenting is building value of non-material concepts like nice wishes, beautiful quotes, warm hugs and charitable gestures. There is no other way of giving the value to homemade gifts unless you’re not making them together with kids. You will be surprised to see how proud they are about their work and participation in creating these gifts or Christmas decoration.
This year we decided to build Christmas wishing tree. As we will be spending most of the December at homes inside our family cell, we decided to fill this tree with wishes like what game to play, what movie to see, what kind of cookie to bake, what to create… to make our family time priceless, cozy and memorable.
What you need to make this Christmas wishing tree?
- At least 15 paper rolls
- Green tempera and a brush
- Cardboard packing
- 3 green paper A4 size
- Decorative elements (stickers, glowing dust, decorative tape, cones decor…).
#1 Glue a tree structure
Glue bottom line of 5 (out of 15) paper rolls first. Continue with the next row of 4 paper rolls, then 3, 2 and 1 on the top.
#2 Paint a tree structure
The fastest way to color your tree is to paint it with tempera or acrylic paint. The paint mustn’t be too wet as it can destroy cardboard material. Wait a bit and dry it well.
#3 Make a spruce tree trunk
Find a stable cardboard or plastic packaging. If you have an empty cardboard box fill it with paper or heavier material to achieve better stability. Wrap the box in gray or brown paper. Glue a tree structure to a tree trunk.
#4 Create a spruce canopy top
You will need 2 pieces of green paper A4 size. Cut it vertically to get 4 stripes. Cut 3 stripes in half to get 6 smaller pieces. Fold the fourth stripe in half to get “roof top”.
Take those 6 smaller pieces and notch one of the shorter axis on every piece of paper. Glue 3 pieces on every side of tree canopy as it is shown below.
At the last stage of gluing canopy top, glue the “roof top”. Now you’re ready to start decorating your Christmas wishing tree.
It’s up to you how you’ll use this Christmas wishing tree. You can fill it with nice quotes, with ideas how to spend family time, with Christmas wishes or even with candies. Make it fun for whole family.