We love making decorations as a family for our Christmas tree and this year we are joining in again with 10 days of kid made ornaments and this year they are inspired by a book. So ours are tree decorations inspired by The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson.
Each year we buy new christmas books for our Advent basket. This year I bought a book for me. It is a beautifully illustrated edition of The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson.
- US Amazon Link The Fir Tree
- UK Amazon Link The Fir Tree
It is illustrated by Sanna Annukka, who is a British artist of Finnish British origin, who also does design work for Marimekko and has a real Mid Century style. This book will be long admired in The Mad House.
How to make a Tree Decoration
- Craft foam, green card or felt
- Wooden cotton reels
- Bostik Blu Tack or sticky tac
- GLitter star stickers
- Wooden skewers
- Low tac glue stick or Bostik Extra Strength Sticki Dots
- Metalic shiny card cut in to triangles
- Assorted glitter
- PVA glue
- Embroidery Thread and or ribbon
We had so many ideas of decorations that we could do inspired by this beautiful book, so expect more in the coming weeks, but we settled on this one as it is easily adapted for the age of the children involved.
Mine are eight and nine, so needed something that was fun to do, but slightly challenging and both are living using a low heat glue gun at the moment.
Firstly they cut their tree shapes. We were going to stick two triangles together, but Maxi (my mathematician) said that it would be easier cutting a rhomboid boy was he right for the ones we were standing up. This way we had one less edge to glue.
For the one you are hanging then a single triangle shape is perfect as you do not need a back.
It is simpler to decorate your tree at this stage and allow it to dry before assembling. We wanted to stick triangle shapes in shiny card to our trees to make them resemble the Fir trees in the book. To make our decoration hang we used a small off cut of ribbon to create a loop and secured it with the glue gun before covering with a glittery star sticker
Younger children could just stick decorations on with a glue stick or you could use stickers.
Mini Christmas tree forest
For our mini forest the boys decided to do glitter triangles, therefore, they used PVA to create the pattern they wanted on one side of the foam before covering completely in glitter and allowing to dry. They then tapped off the excess glitter on to paper and returned it to the pots.
They then covered the mini cotton reels with either embroidery thread or scraps of brown ribbon and secured them with the glue gun.
We added a small amount of blur tac of sticky tac to the inside of the mini cotton reel before pushing a wooden skewer in to it. We then pushed the skewer through the bottom of the tree and cut it to length (my boys managed this with a pair of kitchen scissors, but be careful as the skewer does ping off).
Then using the glue gun we glued both side of the tree together before topping with a glitter star sticker.
Why not take a look at the other people taking part in this fab series. Today is the first day and there will be many more over the next ten days to inspire you.
So take a look at today’s ornaments at Glittering Muffins, One Perfect Day, Play Trains!, Adventure in a Box, Something 2 Offer and our host Mama Miss
Aww these are fab x
Love love love that you turned them into a forest Jen – the spools with the brown thread was a perfect touch!!
These are so pretty, and that book looks lovely, I’m quite tempted to buy it for myself! Pinning these to try in the run up to Christmas!
Ooh I like these! What a lovely idea – I hadn’t come across the book either.
What a lovely looking book, the illustrations are beautiful, I’m not surprised you’re using t for decoration inspiration. I love that you buy new books each year for advent, what a lovely tradition.
I love home made decorations and these look brilliant – very Scandinavian.
What a great tree craft. I’ll have to show it to the Guide helper.
So pretty! Handmade decorations are always the best!
These look so pretty. My boys would love using the glue gun too.
You are so clever and crafty! Wish I had the time to do things like this with mine… we’re all too busy eating chocolate 😉
These are so clever and crafty, I love them x
Oh I love these and I am off to order a copy of that book right now! Thanks Jen 🙂
These look very effective and a brilliant activity for children.
Oh these are really sweet!
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I love how a book can inspire so much creativity. I will try it with my son.
Great idea! I really love the illustrations in the book too.
Such a great idea!
WE have been inspired…..we are making xmas cards this year
Love the look of your mini Christmas tree forest – perfect decoration for a window sill
These are really lovely Jen. Might try making some today with a poorly girl who is too tired to do much but wants to make some decorations 🙂
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Hi Jen – what a sinmple but really effective idea; my kids would feinitely be able to make these, and they are a little like me, rather challenged in the craft department. Thanks for sharing with the Parenting Pin it Party.