Kindergarten Christmas Craft: Christmas Tree

 

kindergarten Christmas crafts

Looking for a kindergarten Christmas craft?  This kindergarten Christmas craft is easy, and would be perfect for little hands.  It makes a beautiful Christmas card.  Furthermore, it is also a great project for first or second grade students.  Here’s what you will need to complete the project:

  • Cardstock or construction paper  (I purchased a pack of construction paper from Dollar Tree)
  • green washable paint  (I purchased the paint from Michaels)
  • brown washable paint
  • glitter (optional)
  • gold or silver star

 

Kindergarten Christmas crafts
Step 1 – Fold your stock card in half.  Use any color that will make your days jolly and bright.  Just make sure that you Christmas tree will show well on whatever color you choose.

Step 2 – Next place a few dots of brown paint on a paper plate.  Add green paint to your plate as well.  Instead of making a circle, you will need to form a straight line on the plate.  You will be dipping the toothbrush in the green paint, so you will need the line long enough so you can cover the toothbrush bristles.

Step 3 – For your information, I found it easier to draw the tree truck on the cardstock in pencil.  It’s easier for the kids to try to paint inside established lines rather than trying to paint the tree truck freehand.  You can sharpen the outline of the tree truck with a small brush once the kids finish painting it.

Step 4 – Allow the tree trunk to dry completely before you proceed.  It should take approximately 10  – 15 minutes.

Step 5 – Once the trunk has dried, dip the toothbrush into the green paint.  Help the children move the toothbrush up the paper to make strokes for the tree branches.  Dip the brush back into the green paint and move the toothbrush down the opposite side of the card to make a branch.

Step 6 – Repeat Step 5 until the tree is complete.  Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 7 – Once the tree is dry, add a star to the top.  (This step is optional).

Step 8 – Add glitter to the branches (This step is also optional).

Last older children can write a message inside the Christmas card wishing mommy and daddy or their grandparents a Merry Christmas.  Let the smaller children write a message or their name as well.  Most importantly, they will be sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

 

How To Decorate A Vintage Sled

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Do you love my vintage sled?  It’s dressed up for Christmas and bringing back so many memories.  I found this beauty in an antique shop in Lancaster, PA.  They had several sleds in the shop, but I was looking for a special sled.  It had to be a Lightning Guider and I just wasn’t going to settle for less. Luckily the owner was in the shop and heard my conversation with a few of the girls that I was traveling with.  She came out and said I have a Lightning Guider in the back if you would like to see it.   It was exactly what I was looking for, and the owner sold it to me for far less than its value.  

When I was growing up we had plenty of snow in the winter and plenty of Lightning Guider sleds to use.  We jumped for joy when school was canceled because we knew  we would be sled riding all day and eating King’s Syrup sandwiches.  They were so yummy and we didn’t have to bother mom to fix our sandwiches. We grabbed the bread, the syrup can and fixed all that we wanted. Anyway after our syrup sandwiches, we would bundle up and head across the street for hours of fun sled riding.  We would stay out until we just about froze. I remember my father pulling off our boots and sitting us beside the wood stove so we could  thaw outI also remember him using sandpaper to sharpen the blades so the sleds would go faster.  Old the good ole days. 

They stopped manufacturing the Lightning Guider in the 1990’s.  What a shame, it was the fastest and the best quality sled on the market.  It is now a classic, and I will hold on to it forever.

I decided to pull the sled out of storage and use it on my front porch for the winter.  I needed fresh greenery for a few center pieces that I want to work on for my tables  so I decided to add it to the sled as well.   Luckily I have plenty of pines, spruce and other greenery surrounding my property.  If you’re not as lucky, check out your local Christmas tree lot.  Most are more than willing to give you a few bundles for free.

I love combining different greenery in my center pieces.  I used 2 varieties of spruce and pine cuttings in this bundle. I tied the bundle together with gardening twist ties and than tied the greenery to the sled with additional gardening twist ties.  The bow was already on the sled so I just fluffed it out and readjusted it.  The bells are from a wreath that I purchased at the local Goodwill.  A friend found the ice skates at a local in Pennsylvania and shipped them to me, lol.  She knew that I would use them for Christmas, lol. The greenery will stay fresh in the cold air through the holiday season.

Did you have a Lightning Guider when you were growing up? If not, share a memory from your days of sledding.

 

 

28 Holiday Recipes, Crafts and Decorating Ideas



Happy Holidays!  They’re around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re looking for delicious recipes, great decorating ideas, and fun crafts for kids.  I like to start decorating after Thanksgiving. Check out my holiday round-up, here’s 28 great ideas for recipes, crafts and decorating.  

I have so many Christmas decorations that I acquired over years, so I’m always looking for a way to re-purpose them. As my readers know, I’m all about budgeting and doing things in the most cost effective way. Not only have I hung to years old decorations, I’m surrounded by woods and evergreens.  So I look for ideas to use with natural items that I can retreat from my neighbor’s or my yard.  A can of paint from the Dollar Store and a new twist on an old item and I’m good to go.  

Lets get ready to whip up fabulous dishes, decorate awesome trees and tables, and spend time making fun crafts with the kids.

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Rainbow Christmas Tree found at Inspired by Charm
White Center Piece found at Discover 0
Candy Cane Sleighs found at  Princess Pinky Girl
Champagne Punch found at Between Naps On The Porch
Chocolate Spoons found at Cherished Bliss
Gingerbread Kids found at Just Imagine
Grinch Punch found at Parent Map
Pillsbury Christmas Tree found at Pillsbury
Holiday Sled found at Junk Chic Cottage
Christmas Party Punch found at Fashion and Pop Culture
Candy Cane Candle Holder found at The Mother Huddle
Popcorn Snowmen found at Creative Kids Snacks
Epsom Salt Centerpieces found at Hing Design
Santa Bread found at Taste of Home
Christmas Wagon found at Style Estate
Baby Food Jar Snowmen found at Hip 2 Save
Snowman Doughnuts found at Dukes and Duchesses
Christmas Mail Box found at Christmas Holiday
Paper Plate Christmas Tree found at I Heart Crafty Things
Oranges and Cloves  found at Your Nest Design
Rainbow Tree found on Ebay
Monogram Wreath found at Martha Stewart
Mistle Toes found at Babble
Pull Apart Christmas Tree found at Electric Recipes
Gift Basket Idea found at Megan Shipton
Wine Glass Center Pieces found at Pinterest
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree found at NEDC Design and Construction
The Stair Case found on the Relax Deco

 I’m loving the Monogram Wreath, Stair Case, and the Doughnut and Popcorn Snowmen. My grandchildren love both, so guess what will be on their snack plates during the holidays.  I hope these ideas have motivated you too. If you need more information on how to create your inspiration, click on the link and go check out these crafty bloggers.  What are some of your favorites?