Freestanding handprint Christmas tree

I cant believe there are only 15 weeks until Christmas, Where has this year gone?! We can’t wait for Christmas this year now that we have our gorgeous little girl and our big guy is old enough to understand. It may be a little while off yet but there are so many Christmas crafts I want to share this year, so I’ve started a little early! This Freestanding handprint Christmas tree looks great as a decoration and is a gorgeous keepsake too.

You will need

Green card
(or alternatively green paint and white card)
Brown, red, blue, purple, orange and pink paint
Black permanent marker

(one that won’t bleed into paint!)
Gold card
Thin cardboard

(we use an old cereal box)
TP roll
Glue
Scissors.

First you will need to take your green card, draw around your hands (or alternatively, you could print your hands with green paint) and cut out the shapes. You will need four handprints with the thumb pointing left and four handprints with the thumb pointing right.

Position your handprints on your thin cardboard so that you have 3 on the bottom row, two just touching in the centre and two overlapping on the top row. Make sure that you have the thumb part of your handprints facing outwards. Glue down your handprints then cut a star from your gold card and stick it at the top of your tree.

When the glue has dried, cut out your reinforced tree. Now to decorate! To start your Christmas lights. Take your permanent black marker and draw on the lines to create the wires.

Now, take your tray of paints and dot fingerprints all along the black lines to make your fairy lights.
Tip: If your marker starts to bleed, you can blow over it with a cool hairdryer to dry the paint quickly!

To make the stand for your Christmas tree, take your TP roll and cut it about 2/3rds up. Take the larger section and paint it brown.

Once both pieces are dry, Position the tree trunk in the centre at the bottom of your tree. Make two snips in the bottom of your tree where the edges of the tp roll touch it. Slide the Tp roll into these two slits. Position your tree centrally on the TP roll so that your tree can stand freely.

Your Freestanding handprint Christmas tree is finished! How sweet do these look?!

Did you like this Christmas craft? why not check out my Popsicle stick snowflake craft?

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