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Video:Hand Print Christmas Tree

with Chris Davis

Looking to create some unique Christmas ornaments? Hand print Christmas trees are a great craft to teach your kids. Here are instructions for making these fun Christmas tree crafts.See Transcript

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Transcript:Hand Print Christmas Tree

Hi, I'm Chris Davis for About.com. Looking for a great family project to keep Santa's elves busy? Try creating hand print Christmas trees. It's a great activity for all age levels and it's a lot of fun.

Hand Print Christmas Tree Craft Materials

Supplies needed for this activity are as follows:
  • Green construction paper
  • Brown construction paper (for the tree trunk)
  • Yellow construction paper (for the star)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments to glue on the tree

Cut Out Christmas Tree Shapes

First, have your kids trace their hands on a piece of green construction paper. If you are working with toddlers or babies, you will want to do this step yourself. Cut out the hand print and repeat these two steps several times. You can also trace your first print instead of retracing your child's hand. The choice is up to you. Depending on the desired size of your finished tree, you will need to make several prints. Start at what will be the bottom of the tree. Glue several hand prints in a row with the fingers facing down. Starting with the second row, use one less print and have the fingers overlap the next hand a little bit. Continue working up the tree much like building a pyramid out of blocks.

Decorate Your Christmas Tree Crafts

Cut a small rectangle of dark brown paper – this will be the tree trunk – and glue it below the tree. Follow this step with cutting out a yellow star for the top of the tree. From this point, continued decoration is up to you and your helpers. Add glitter, small ornaments, or photos to dress up your tree. We like adding current photos and writing the year, so that we can share the trees as keepsakes. Writing a Christmas message on the tree can also add a special touch. Create small trees as ornaments to share with family members and large trees to hang on a wall. If you have several children, you can mix the prints onto one tree and create a family collage. No matter what you do, be creative and have fun.

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