I love when a craft project is SO EASY! I’m talking easy to prep, easy to make, and easy on the eyes! Preschool teachers everywhere are going to love this adorable Easy Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree Craft for Kids! It also is a great opportunity for students to practice carefully listening and following step-by-step directions.
Christmas Ornament Crafts:
MAKING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CRAFTS with KIDS
CRAFTING WITH PRESCHOOLERS IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY. YOUR STUDENTS GAIN MANY SKILLS AND CONCEPTS THAT THEY WILL USE IN FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
Easy craft ideas for Christmas ornaments are great to make with early childhood students because it’s a way to celebrate the season while encouraging children to be creative and proud of what they can do all by themselves!
Sometimes during the holidays, it feels like one big, long assembly line of crafts! When I feel like all we’re doing is crafting, I remind myself that this is GOOD! Crafts teach our little ones so much!
I like to make tree ornaments early in December to hang on the classroom tree for a couple of weeks before sending them home or preparing them as gifts.
In addition to learning how to make a cupcake holder Christmas tree craft, your students will:
- Work fine motor muscles
- Practice creativity
- Learn how to listen and follow directions
- Find a sense of pride in a job done independently
Why Is It Important For Kids To Make Christmas Decorations?
Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are many other reasons to craft with young kids during special seasons and holidays.
Develop a Child’s Creativity
Whether you’re making DIY Christmas ornaments, glass ornaments, or paper trees, holiday projects allow kids to be creative.
Making cupcake paper Christmas trees, or Thanksgiving turkeys, leads to discussions about holidays, and new vocabulary words for children.
Christmas has all the fixings to make kids excitable, unfocused, eager, and anxious. Sitting down for a quiet art project can help children learn a great coping tool.
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Materials needed for the Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree Ornaments:
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- Standard cupcake liners
- Mini cupcake liners
- Large popsicle sticks
- Baker’s twine
- Glue gun, school glue or tacky glue
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How To Make the Cupcake Christmas Tree Ornaments
CHRISTMAS CRAFTS with preschoolers
ASKING STUDENTS TO FOLLOW ALONG CAREFULLY TO COMPLETE THE TREE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. YOU MIGHT TAKE A MOMENT TO EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING.
*Make sure to model each step for the students as you create the cupcake liner tree together.
- Flatten your standard-sized cupcake liner and fold it in half. It will resemble a half-moon shape.
- Fold the half moon in half, from left to right, to create a triangle. If you want a sharp crease, show your students how to press the edge of a craft stick onto the fold.
- Repeat the folding process until you have folded four standard-sized cupcake liners.
- Fold one mini cupcake liner in the same way as the top of the tree.
- Fold another mini cupcake liner into thirds as the tree trunk.
- Glue each cupcake triangle closed by applying a line of glue to the edge of each triangle and pressing together. Allow to dry completely.
- Apply several drops of glue down the craft stick.
- Starting from the bottom, apply some glue to the mini triangle that is your tree trunk. Press firmly, ensuring the cupcake covers the whole craft stick. Wait a few minutes.
- Repeat with the standard-sized cupcake liners, moving your way up, spacing evenly and creating any kind of pattern desired.
- Cut a length of baker’s twine approximately seven inches and tie it into a loop. Apply a dime-sized dot of glue about one inch from the top. Allow to dry completely before hanging on the tree.
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Other Ways To Adapt The Christmas Tree Ornament:
Use all mini-sized liners and thin craft sticks. Attach the smaller trees to ribbon or tinsel garland to make cupcake liner Christmas tree garland!
Before you begin the cupcake trees, ask students to plan a pattern. They can choose two different colors/patterns of cupcake liners and plan how their trees will look.
Decorate the Tree
Use plain green cupcake liners for the tree. Add “ornaments” by placing mini pom poms, sequins, or beads all over the tree.
Our Favorite Christmas Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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