Happy Thanksgiving All.. I’ve got a special guest post for you today.. enjoy!! Emily
Hello, everyone! My name is Jennifer and I write over at Engineer Mommy, where I like to share easy DIY crafts, delicious recipes, kids’ crafts and more. I am a big fan of Nap Time Creations and Emily is such a talented lady, so I am super excited to be sharing with you all this easy kid’s craft of a Magnetic Christmas Tree.
I can’t believe it’s already Christmas season! Is it just me or is Fall flying by this year? As my husband and I start to think about putting up our 10 foot Christmas tree, I’m always aware of the fact that our two
rascals daughters will want to rearrange ornaments, pull down ornaments, move the presents around, etc. So I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to get the kids involved in the season in a safe and structured way. This Magnetic Christmas Tree has individual ornaments and individual gifts that can be rearranged by the kids, all while hopefully leaving the real tree alone (fingers crossed!) This easy craft tutorial is a perfect way to keep the kids engaged in the holiday, while also sparking their creativity and artistic skills. Let’s get to the tutorial now, shall we?
Magnetic Christmas Tree Kid’s Craft
- Round metal pizza pan
- 3 sheets of bright foam
- Green acrylic paint
- Brown acrylic paint
- Magnetic tape strips
- Washi tape in various patterns / colors
- Small round stickers
The first step is to simply paint an outline of a Christmas tree directly on the round pizza pan. I found it easiest to draw the outline first with a Sharpie marker, and then fill it in with the green paint. Also, don’t forget to draw the tree trunk with the brown paint. Here is what my pizza pan looked like after the painting was done. Make sure you let it fully dry before touching it… I learned that tip the hard way! 🙂
Now it’s time to start making the ornaments and gifts. For the ornaments, all I did was cut out small circles out of the various colors of foam sheets. The circles don’t have to be perfect – this is a kid’s craft, after all.
Now it’s time to decorate your ornaments. Be sure to recruit the little ones for this step! On some circles, have them help you place small stickers. On other circles, have them help you draw dots, lines, waves, etc. Here is our collection of ornaments, decorated by me and my 3 year old.
For the gifts that go under the tree, cut out squares and rectangles of various sizes & various colors of foam. Use washi tape to form ribbons on the gifts or use markers to draw little bows. Check out our stash of gifts! Pretty cute, right?
Don’t forget to cut small pieces of the magnetic tape and adhere them to the back of all the ornaments and gifts. These magnets will allow your ornaments and gifts to stick to the Christmas Tree! Keep in mind that very young children, who may still be putting objects into their mouths, need to be closely supervised whenever playing with magnetic toys.
And here is the finished product. I think it’s such a sweet and adorable Christmas craft for kids.
I can also tell you that it was a huge, huge hit around here!
I hope you all enjoyed this easy Christmas craft for kids. If you want to see what else I’ve been up to, please feel free to visit me at Engineer Mommy, where I write about completing DIY home décor projects, cooking delicious weeknight meals, keeping my kids entertained, managing an efficient household and more.