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.

– Life Over C's Cupcake Liner Christmas Ornaments

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for Cupcake Christmas Tree Craft:

  • Standard cupcake liners
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Baker’s twine
  • Glue gun, school glue or tacky glue
  • Scissors

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.

Hand-eye Coordination: Making cupcake paper Christmas trees, or Thanksgiving turkeys, leads to discussions about holidays, and new vocabulary words for children.

Fine Motor Skills: Folding, cutting, sprinkling, and gluing require kids to use minute muscles and movements. With time and practice, these muscles become ready to grip a pencil or tie a shoe.

Calming Space: 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.

Following Directions: This Christmas tree craft with cupcake liners requires step-by-step directions. It’s a wonderful skill to practice that later transfers to reading and listening comprehension.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of the supplies for the Easy Pom Pom Christmas Tree Craft for Kids.

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.

– Life Over C's A cupcake liner folded in half.

Directions:

  1. Flatten your standard-sized cupcake liner and fold it in half. It will resemble a half-moon shape.
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat the folding process until you have folded four standard-sized cupcake liners.
  4. Fold one mini cupcake liner in the same way as the top of the tree.
  5. Fold another mini cupcake liner into thirds as the tree trunk.
  6. Glue each cupcake triangle closed by applying a line of glue to the edge of each triangle and pressing together. Allow to dry completely.
  7. Apply several drops of glue down the craft stick.
  8. 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.
  9. Repeat with the standard-sized cupcake liners, moving your way up, spacing evenly and creating any kind of pattern desired.
– Life Over C's The finished Easy Pom Pom Christmas Tree Craft for Kids.

To hang:

  1. 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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Extend the Activity:

Make Garland: 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!

Create Patterns: 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.

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– Life Over C's Cupcake Liner Christmas Ornaments

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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. 

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