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Kid Craft: Paper Mache Christmas Trees

Hi Everyone, I shared this fun kid's Christmas craft over at Design Dazzle.  I wanted to re-post it here on my blog in case you missed it.

One of the things my kids love to do is decorate the house for the Holidays.  When I told them we were going to decorate these  little Christmas trees with paper mache, they were doubly excited since it combined 2 of their favorite things, a fun craft and decorating for Christmas!  We did a paper mache project once before (see it here) and they loved it!



Crafting with Paper Mache is really easy and can be done with a very young child to an older kid.  (Even I enjoyed making my tree!)  Paper Mache can be pretty messy, so you will want to cover your work surface with some sort of drop cloth.

See the materials needed and directions after the jump:


Materials needed:
  • Styrofoam cones (different sizes)
  • Very lightweight scrapbook paper (about 3 8 x 11 sheets per tree)
  • Paper mache mixture (1 cup flour, 4 cups very hot water mixed together) 
  • Modge Podge and a foam brush

Directions:

1.  Mix up the paper mache solution and set aside to cool.

2.  Tear or cut your paper into 1 inch by +/- 6 inch strips.  (I chose to tear my paper strips so the white paper core would show, but it's your choice.)

3.  Dip your paper into the paper mache mixture, making sure it is saturated.  (I put several strip in the mixture at a time so the strips could "marinate".)  Apply the wet strips to the styrofoam cones.



4.  Apply the wet strips to the styrofoam cones.  Use your fingers to smooth the strips flat and try to wipe off any excess paper mache.



5.  Keep going until the cones are covered.  Let the cones sit in a dry place overnight or until they are completely dry.


6.  Once the trees are dry coat them with a layer of modge podge for protection.


That's it!  Now everyone sit back and admire what you have made!



Thanks again Toni, for inviting me to be a part of your 100 ideas of Christmas Wonderful!

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21 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! I tried to do a paper mache turkey and only 1 out of 3 turned out even halfway okay! lol I am going to be posting it next week on my blog. But I'd love for you to add your project on my linky party that open right now! I have a party every Friday and Saturday on my blog:)

    http://www.shecookscraftsruns.net

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  2. so very pretty and creative love them
    come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  3. I LOVE crafts the kids can do too!

    I have a weekend party I'd love for you to share this on:

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

    Bobi

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  4. What a fun idea. They turned out great!
    Ruth

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  5. Those are so cute! I'd love to have you join my Pin Me Linky Party because this is an awesome idea! I'm going to pin it now!

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  6. This is such a fun idea, I like how you included this kids!
    welovebeingmoms.blogspot.com

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  7. Fun idea! We would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/11/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_15.html

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  8. Holy, I love these! They turned out fantastic...I hope you're planning to share them this Wednesday so that I can feature them on Show & Tell. xoxo, Tauni

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  9. So cute! I am totally goung to try this!

    xo,
    Chrissy

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  10. Love, love, love these! So pretty! I would love to try it with leftover wrapping paper or washi tape!

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  11. SO adorable! ANd I love that the kids did it! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

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  12. So crafty children, thumbs up, very beautful, Thanks for making me smile :-) have a wonderful week

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  13. Beautiful job!!!! great idea for the kids too!! I'm a new follower. Link here if you are interested- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2012/11/tuesday-linky-party-2.html

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  14. Love this project! So pretty! Pinned it! Visiting from Someday Crafts. Happy Thanksgiving! Angie xo

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  15. GREAT job! I'm doing some glittery Christmas trees.

    soprettyinpaint.com

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  16. How fun and pretty! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  17. Great idea! I love that your kids could help make them!

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  18. Those are so cute! Love that idea and I definitely want to try it!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  19. Featured you today!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  20. I linked to this project on my blog http://www.westmamadesigns.org/2012/12/04/christmas-crafting-fast/#

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