I’ve fallen out of love with Christmas cards recently. They seem so expensive and ultimately wasteful. I want to get the girls to make all our cards this year as well as gifts for their family. We needed an easy Christmas card which they could make a lot of quickly. Luckily Charlotte had an amazing idea for making a Christmas tree Christmas card using a real piece of Christmas foliage. I loved the idea and thought it would work brilliantly as a card and be suitable for children of all ages age 3+ to make with varying levels of supervision.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

This craft only requires a few simple materials.

You will need:

  • A twig from a pine tree
  • blank card
  • sticky gems/sequins
  • stars/embellishments
  • washi tape
  • glue, pen and scissors

crafting with Christmas tree

Choose a Christmas tree shaped twig from a pine tree. Glue to the centre of the card.

Decorate with sticky gems or sequins. Add a gummed star to the top. Alternatively, you could draw it on with a pen.

Choose one of the colours of gem to decorate the edges of the card. You could use washi tape or draw a decoration with pens.

Add a message to the front and inside of the card.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

This was the first card Charlotte made. I wanted her to write the Merry part on the blank area of the card but she always has her own ideas. Charlotte placed the gems at the edge

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

I used similar colours for the gems and the washi tape. I wish I’d used a silver star on top rather than gold to be really colour coordinated.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

If you were going to make this with a lot of children then you would need to pre-cut lots of twigs form a pine tree.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

Younger children would need more supervision. You could also stick the washi tape for them or use a patterned background. You could always paint a snowy background or picture of a house to add the Christmas tree too. You could cut out some presents from coloured paper to put under the tree.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

I like the fact you can make different shaped cards. I always like to make tiny cards, and use them as gift tags. This idea would work brilliantly. I like this long thin card which Charlotte designed. The red background looked really striking.

Christmas tree Christmas cards - an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.

Here is a video tutorial showing the full process.

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