Last year that adorable kid-sized felt Christmas tree was flying all over Pinterest. We made one and it was super awesome. This year I wanted to try something different. Inspired by Twodaloo's adorable (small and three dimensional) Sticky Christmas Tree craft, I decided to make a giant kid-sized sticky tree. I wanted to be sure that we could decorate and redecorate....and redecorate our Sticky Tree just like the felt Christmas tree from the previous year - so I designed ornaments that are reusable and re-stickable (is that a term?)!
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So first thing's first. You're gonna need some contact paper. You could use clear, but ohmygoodness they make green. I am sure I was probably at least 10 times more excited than every other person who'd previously found this listing for this fabulous Green Contact Paper on Amazon. You will need one roll to make a giant tree like we did. Measure out a length of paper (I measured against my kids) and then cut a second piece of matching length. Lay the two pieces such that the printed white grid is facing down and tape a strip of tape to connect the two. I used Scotch Tape. Any clear tape will work.
Next fold it in half like this and draw half of a Christmas tree. Then you can cut along your pattern with scissors.
Slowly peel the white gridded paper off. Use tape of some sort (I used Scotch Tape but masking tape or painter's tape would also work) to mount your tree sticky side out to a wall or window. (If you have a window big enough, my vote is for window. When the light catches it just right, it almost glows!) If you have a kiddo nearby, have them cut a trunk for your tree out of a brown Foam Sheet. You can use tape to stick the brown foam trunk to the window or wall.
Next have said child cut a star out of a yellow Foam Sheet while you use a cup (in this instance a small plastic cup) to trace large (top of cup) and small (bottom of cup) circles for ornaments. We bought this pack of Foam Sheets from Amazon and it worked perfectly - it had every color we wanted (AKA all of them). Then it's time to decorate.
And decorate again!
And then let mom have a turn because it's still fun to play with even when you're 33.
Foam is super sturdy and it comes off and goes on contact paper VERY easily. This is perfection for little X who feels gilted by the permanence of stickers. He really likes to have the choice to stick and unstick things multiple times.
Even little ones dig getting in on the sticky tree decorating action.
And what's more - those blank foam ornaments can be decked out. You can glue foam, sequins, glitter, stickers, or you can draw on them with markers. The sky is the limit.
So there you have it. A super fun tree that the kiddos can decorate and redecorate throughout the holiday season!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.
So fun! And thanks for the mention. I'm stoked about the possibilities of GREEEEEN Contact paper!!ReplyDelete
Gotta give the original sticky trees a shoutout! And totally. So much fun!!!Delete
What fun! Love this idea :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, TotSchoolTotallyAwesome!Delete
Oh my. I think if I made one it would quickly become covered in hair and carpet fuzz and dog fur. Hmm... I like the idea, though.ReplyDelete
Hahahaha - well if you hung it high enough maybe not? Though dog fur does have a way of getting everywhere.... A fuzzy Christmas tree??? :)Delete
ASIA!!!!!! I have been looking for green contact paper to do this exact same thing!!! I never thought of checking Amazon! I am so excited!!!! Aaaaaah!ReplyDelete
YAY Amazon! I found it under shelf liners. Sneeeeaky. :)Delete
Do I need tape for the foam ornaments? Or do they just stick to the contact paper?ReplyDelete
They just stick! It's not SO sticky that they don't come off though. It's the perfect amount sticky. :)Delete
This is absolutely fan freaking tastic looking I soooo want oneReplyDelete
Thank you, Jeanine!!!Delete
Love it, just ordered some green contact paperReplyDelete
Thank you, Sue! And awesome! Yay!!!!Delete
Great Idea! Love the photosReplyDelete
Thank you, Stephanie!!! :)Delete