This yarn stamped christmas tree is a fun craft for kids of all ages and is a fun exploration of textures too. It is process oriented and yet the end product is beautiful too.
I love stamping activities and the lovely textures created is so unique and interesting. I always look and try new things to stamp with. Just last week we tried some yarn wrapped block prints and Putti really loved that activity so much that she has asked for it again and again. And afterhaving stamped tens of paper, I suggested her if she wanted to try making a Christmas Tree. Oh her eyes lit up, as she is all ready for Christmas and has been demanding that we need to get her a Tree this year. This is our first Christmas Activity!
For this simple activity you will need:
- some stamp pads/ green paint
- paints in bright colors
- cotton swabs
- cereal box or any thick cardbaord to make a stencil
- brown marker
- yarn / bakers string
- sticky tape/painter's tape
Then let your child start stamping by dipping the yarn wrapped block in paint/stamp pad and then on the paper. The child can happily stamp as much as he/she wants.
Here's how the tree looked after it has been stamped. Carefully peel the tape off and remove the stencil to reveal the beautiful christmas tree.
Allow it dry well. Later on draw a little stem on the bottom of the tree with a brown marker. Then decorate your tree with colorful ornaments which are cotton swabs dipped in bright colored paints. Kids can use their finger tips dipped in paints too. Add a foam star sticker on top of tree or draw it.
Here are the two tree that my girl made today. You can see that in one she has stamped sparingly and hence the texture of the yarn print is more clearly visible. I love that it resembles the pine straws.
- You could allow the child to stamp all over the paper first and then cut a Christmas tree out of the stamped paper.
- You also can use your finger tips or erasers at end of pencils to stamp ornaments.
- If made on thick card stocks in a smaller size, these could make adorable Christmas cards.
Books we read:
The Star Tree by Gisela Colle is a story of an old man who decides to make gold stars just like he did as a child to decorate for Christmas. He walks out to the country and decorates a bare tree with his shiny stars, soon he’s not alone. Thus the stars make their way back to the city.
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