This multi-sensory Christmas tree toilet paper roll painting craft really brings the seasonal spirit alive and is super easy clean-up. I love that this easy toilet paper roll craft requires simple materials that you probably already having lying around. I mean, who doesn’t have the end of the toilet paper roll hanging around in their bathroom?!

Christmas tree craft using toilet paper rolls.

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Christmas Tree Toilet Paper Roll Craft Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Small bowl
  • Paper plate
  • Green paint
  • White cardstock paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Shiny confetti dots
  • White or yellow sparkly pom pom

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your circles!” Wait… that doesn’t sound right. Oh well… we will work with it.

The holiday season brings about some wonderful changes and beautiful decorations. My favorite has always been the Christmas tree. We are here to help you make adorable Christmas tree crafts that are lots of fun without requiring a big mess. Plus, it’s fun for all ages – toddlers, elementary kids, and even older kids! Oh, and all of those empty toilet rolls and cardboard tubes that you’ve been hoarding in your junk drawers? We’ll help you with those too!

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How To Make An Easy Christmas Tree Painting

EMPTY TOILET PAPER ROLL ART PROJECT

There are so many different ways to create a Christmas tree painting. Finger painting, paint brushes, plastic forks, and yes, even toilet paper tubes are great tools to use for a fun kids toilet paper roll craft.

This toilet paper roll art is a great hands-on way to explore changes in the winter season. Since kids are already familiar with trees and typically have background knowledge, learning specific information about how a tree changes and goes through a cycle is fascinating and real to students.

I like to use the painted trees project at the end of the unit to review what we learned, to practice the vocabulary, and to have a final finished product to display or give as a gift.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Preschoolers

Using Toilet Paper Roll Crafts in the Classroom

In addition to learning about changes, you can pose additional questions to young learners.

  • What foods can we get from trees?
  • What does a tree need to continue to grow?
  • How is a tree in the fall different than a tree in the winter?
  • What other types of recycled materials could you use to make the project?
Gluing confetti dots onto the Christmas tree painting.

What Preschoolers Learn Making Toilet Paper Roll Crafts.

Christmas crafts with toilet paper rolls

FINE MOTOR SKILLS ARE DEVELOPED BY PARTICIPATING IN ACTIVITIES THAT USE PINCHING, PULLING, PUSHING, AND DRAGGING THE FINGERS OR HANDS. THESE SKILLS HELP WITH TYING SHOES, ZIPPING CLOTHING, AND WRITING WITH A PENCIL.

Additional developmental areas that benefit from making the Christmas tree tp roll craft includes:

  • Cognitive development (problem solving and brainstorming)
  • Identifying shapes, colors, and textures
  • Resilience and following directions
  • Language development (vocabulary and speech)
Painting supplies for the Christmas tree toilet paper roll craft for kids

Supplies Needed for the Christmas Tree Toilet Paper Roll Craft:

  • Toilet paper roll (or paper towel)
  • Small bowl or paper plate
  • Green craft paint
  • White cardstock paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Glue 
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Shiny confetti dots
  • White or yellow sparkly pom pom

How to Make the Christmas Tree Toilet Paper Roll Art

Step One:

Cut a small Christmas tree trunk out of the brown construction paper. Glue the trunk onto the bottom of the white cardstock paper.

christmas tree craft on green background

Step Two:

Pour a small amount of green craft paint into the bowl or paper plate. 

Dip the bottom of the toilet paper roll into the green paint.

Press the toilet paper roll down onto the white cardstock paper, creating a Christmas tree shape. (Tip: You can start on the bottom and work your way up: Start with 5 circles, then on the way up, paint 4, then 3, then 2, then 1.)

toilet paper roll craft using green paint to press circles onto paper

Step Three:

Place glue dots around the tree. Place a confetti dot on top of each dot of glue (to represent an ornament.) 

Glue a white or yellow pom pom to the top of the tree. 

Set your toilet paper roll craft aside to dry. Then, display!

Christmas tree toilet paper roll craft painting. Green painted circles pressed onto a white sheet of paper, decorated with confetti paper for decorations and yellow pom pom at the top for a star.

More Ways to Use Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts

Crafts using toilet paper rolls are a resourceful way to teach students about reusing and recycling.

Create a toilet paper roll craft to spy on your favorite fluffy bunny! Our Easter bunny binoculars are a great hit with kids young and old.

Your kids will love these homemade dolls using old toilet paper or paper towel rolls!

Preparing a Christmas theme for Your Preschoolers

Our Christmas Math & Literacy Pack is the perfect way to prepare your math & literacy centers during the Christmas season. With 35+ differentiated preschool activities, you can have your centers prepared quickly rather than needing to piece together activities.

Get the Christmas Math & Literacy Pack Here– Save Over 60% Now

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.Β 

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