Paper Mache Christmas Trees
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This Paper Mache Christmas Tree Craft is a hands-on, slightly messy Holiday craft the kids will absolutely love!
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: Christmas crafts and getting there hands messy!
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 tons of paper or some sort of drop cloth.
How to Make Paper Mache Christmas Trees
Materials needed for paper mache trees:
- 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
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!
*originally posted on DesignDazzle.com
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
I linked to this project on my blog http://www.westmamadesigns.org/2012/12/04/christmas-crafting-fast/#
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Those are so cute! Love that idea and I definitely want to try it!
Thanks for linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change
Great idea! I love that your kids could help make them!
How fun and pretty! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
GREAT job! I'm doing some glittery Christmas trees.
Love this project! So pretty! Pinned it! Visiting from Someday Crafts. Happy Thanksgiving! Angie xo
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
So crafty children, thumbs up, very beautful, Thanks for making me smile 🙂 have a wonderful week
SO adorable! ANd I love that the kids did it! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!
Love, love, love these! So pretty! I would love to try it with leftover wrapping paper or washi tape!
So cute! I am totally goung to try this!
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
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
This is such a fun idea, I like how you included this kids!
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!
What a fun idea. They turned out great!
I LOVE crafts the kids can do too!
I have a weekend party I'd love for you to share this on:
so very pretty and creative love them
come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com
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:)