It’s 30 something degrees in Houston with ice which basically means the city is shut down and we’re all homebound! Haha! Cue the Northerners saying “Amatuers!” Well, maybe we’re not homebound but it is too cold and wet for the kids to go outside to play so that means I’ve been coming up with Christmas crafts for kids to keep me from pulling my hair out!
I had some little tree forms left over from way back when I made these Valentine’s trees my mantle. I took the idea for some of those fancy glitter trees I’ve seen in the stores and simplified it for a craft that Ethan my 3 year old and I did while Princess Sparkles napped and I think turned they out adorable. And they sparkle! 🙂
Christmas Crafts for Kids: Mod Podge Glitter & Pom Pom Trees
You Will Need:
Foam Tree Form
Sponge for Mod Podge
Elmer’s glue or Hot Glue
2 Paper Plates
Pom Poms (Or Buttons would work as well)
To Make the Tree:
1. Use the sponge to coat the tree in Mod Podge. I let my 3 year old go to town with this one by pouring a bit of the Mod Podge on a paper plate so that the bottle wouldn’t spill. I supervised him to make sure the Mod Podge only went on the tree and not on the furniture or in his mouth. (I remember the glue eaters from Kindergarten!) It was simple to brush it on though and he did did fairly well and only missed a few spots.
2. As soon as you have the tree coated with the Mod Podge begin lightly pouring the glitter over the tree over the paper plate. I helped him with this one to make sure there wasn’t a glitter explosion and turn my kitchen into a rave. We picked up the excess from the paper plate and kept sprinkling it over the tree and turning the tree until it was completely covered in glitter. We poured a little more out as needed.
3. After the glitter and Mod Podge were dry we glued the holiday foil pom poms onto the trees. Elmer’s glue worked on most of them but I helped with the hot glue on some of them. He had so much fun picking the colors and placing them just where he wanted. He obviously takes more after his engineering dad than his more random mom. 🙂
This Christmas craft for kids is a great way to make a holiday memory. They are super easy to make, only take 4 steps, and honestly, the glitter mess wasn’t too bad. My little guy is 3 and did a great job with my supervision, but this is definitely something an older kid could do on their own.
We had so much fun making these little trees which was the whole idea but I was actually really impressed with the way they turned out. We have them near the tree and it’s so pretty the way the pom poms and glitter sparkle with the lights. And it makes my mommy heart melt a little each time he shows them to me and says “I did a good job!” Yes, you did, buddy. Yes, you did!
For more holiday DIY and craft ideas check out my list of Winter/Christmas projects here.