At Christmas time, children are particularly looking forward to decorating the Christmas tree. This is one of the highlights of the festival. If you want to carry out this old custom a little differently and at the same time teach the children certain skills, you can make the Christmas tree decorations yourself. Cutting, gluing, sewing – in our article we present 7 suggestions for you to imitate.
Tinker Christmas tree decorations – snowflakes from hot glue
Hot glue is a great material for making 3D objects. With a few glue sticks and a hot glue gun, you can make these simple but adorable snowflakes.
Hot glue gun
- Put the parchment paper in front of you.
- Now draw a snowflake with the hot glue. You can also place a template under the baking paper and trace the lines.
- Sprinkle glitter powder into the glue that is still liquid.
- Let the hot glue cool and harden.
- Loosen the snowflake and hang it on a nylon thread.
Tinker Christmas tree decorations – sock gnomes
Scandinavian elves, still known as tomte or nisse, have a very special charm. According to Scandinavian folklore, they have a floor-length beard. This adorable pixie is ideal not only as a decoration, but also as a Christmas present for friends and family.
pure wool (faux fur)
1. The base for the gnome consists of a simple sock filled with light filling material. Close the sock and trim off the excess material.
2. The round nose is made from a circle and some cotton wool.
3. The beard should be made of a fluffy material. Cut a rectangular piece from the faux fur and attach it to the “body” with an elastic band.
4. Cut the upper part of the sock and place the piece over the body of the imp. Hide the elastic underneath. Now sew the nose on the body, it should sit directly above the beard.
5. Make the pointed pointed cap out of red felt. It is then sewn onto the elf’s head. Your Scandinavian pixie is ready!
Rustic pine cones look great as a pendant thanks to their beautiful shape. But cones don’t just look good when hanging on the Christmas tree. They are also ideal as a Christmas window decoration.
Hot glue gun
1. Cut a pointed triangle out of felt. The elf hat is sewn from this. Glue a pom-pom to the tip of the hat.
2. Use hot glue to attach the wooden ball to the tenon.
3. Make the scarf from a strip of felt. It is wrapped around the neck of the little elk. Glue a small red button on the front.
4. Then glue the cap to the wooden bead.
Felt house trailer
You can easily make a lot of beautiful things with felt! Let the children choose the colors and create their own houses.
Felt (in 4 different colors)
- Draw a trapezoid and a sharp triangle on blue felt. That would be the house and the chimney.
- Then a rectangle is cut out as a door and glued onto the trapezoid.
- Use the craft knife to cut a small square into the trapezoid. Then glue a piece of yellow felt to the back to close the hole.
- The roof forms a triangle again. Glue the chimney to the back of the roof.
Christmas jumper tree charm
If you’re looking to teach your child how to sew, the next idea is perfect for you. When making Christmas tree decorations, children can also learn to sew a hem.
- Draw a sweater on the felt with a marker.
- Now hem the edge with thread.
- Then stick a few pearls on as decoration.
Christmas ornament made of buttons
This styrofoam Christmas tree ornament is a great craft idea for preschoolers. Colorful buttons are ideal for decorating, embellishing or decorating simple objects. This gives them a completely new look in no time at all.
Buttons (different sizes and colors)
Embroidery needles (different colors)
- Attach the heads to the styrofoam ball by sticking an embroidery needle through one of the buttonholes.
- Let the buttons vary in size to fill in the spaces. The best part is that you can just take out the needles and rearrange the buttons if something doesn’t fit.
- Complete the look with a bow.
Shish kebab skewers are also suitable for various things. The colorful buttons come into their own on the dark green Christmas tree and give the decoration a playful touch. Toddlers can help here by sorting the buttons by color.
1. Make a cross with two wooden skewers.
2. Shorten the next two skewers by approx. 2 cm and place them diagonally to the other.
3. All the skewers are glued together with a lot of hot glue.
4. Now buttons are glued along the wooden skewers. Start from the middle and work outwards.