This Christmas, make a beautiful and very impressive, three-dimensional Christmas tree craft with your kids. Hang it on your wall as decoration. If you would like, turn it into an unforgettable Christmas card, and give it to a friend. Your tree can be as large or small as you would like for it to be. Although the instructions call for a piece of white poster board, you can use any type of thick paper that will hold the weight of the tissue.
You will need:
A large piece of white poster board
Several packets of Christmas-tree-green tissue paper
Several packets of other brightly-colored tissue paper to do ornaments for your tree. You can even make some pretty presents to go under the tree if you would like.
A thick marker or other tool with a similar shape. It should have a flat end which is approximately 1/3″ across
Preparing to design your Christmas tree:
Before you begin putting together your Christmas tree, you should cut your tissue paper into 1″x1″ squares. Separate the pieces according to color.
On your poster board, draw the outline of a large Christmas tree. If you want presents under your tree, draw them now.
You are going to cover your tree with the pieces of tissue. Before you begin, decide how many ornaments you would like to put onto your tree, the color of the ornaments, and where these ornaments should be placed. The rest of the tree should be covered with green tissue paper.
Putting together your tree:
Start working on one end of your tree. Spread glue over a small section of the poster board.
Press a piece of tissue paper around your marker or other tool you have chosen, so that it wraps evenly around the end. Press and shape the tissue so it will hold its three dimensional shape when put into place on the tree. Hold the tissue in place around the end of the marker, with one hand, while you press it into position on the glue you have spread. When it is solidly attached, pull away the marker, and your tissue should stick.
Now repeat this process with another piece of tissue. Continue placing tissue onto your tree, from one edge to the other. Allow your finished work of art to lie flat for several hours until it is completely dry. Now it is ready to hang on the wall.
If you enjoyed decorating your tree, think for a minute about other decorations you could make using this tissue paper technique. What about a wreath? Maybe you could build a large Santa Claus to put on the wall beside the fireplace or near the tree. Use your imagination, and there is almost no limit to what you can create.