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Easy Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

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A colorful and easy paper plate Christmas tree craft for kids to make for the holidays.

Start off the holiday crafting with this adorable paper strip Christmas tree. We have recently shared a paper plate Christmas tree that makes use of yarn for the tree branches. Our craft today uses the same design except that we have replaced yarn with paper strips and added a free template for your convenience.

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This makes a great Christmas classroom craft and a fun way to work on fine motor skills. Just imagine a classroom decorated with about 20 colorful paper strip Christmas tree crafts! Wouldn’t it look amazing? Such a darling idea for preschool or kindergarten.

There is something about paper plate crafts and everybody loves them. It must be a combination of the paper plate sturdiness and the round shape.

If you’re looking for more Christmas crafts with paper plates for preschool, take a look at this paper plate Grinch’s heart or these adorable paper plate reindeer unicorns.

Paper strip Christmas tree craft for kids

These paper plate Christmas trees are a great addition to our collection of Christmas crafts.  Every year we are excited to add more simple craft ideas for preschoolers and older kids.

Easy paper plate Christmas tree craft

Easy paper plate Christmas tree craft for preschool

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Supplies:

How to make this easy Christmas tree craft

 
painted paper plates

Step 1: Start by painting your paper plate. We love using a sponge brush for painting our paper plates as it’s easier and faster. Set the paper plate aside to dry completely.

triangle

cut out triangle

Step 2: Download the Christmas tree template and cut one of the two triangle shapes. Use the template to draw the tree in the middle of the paper plate and cut it out.

 paper strips

Step 3: Cut paper strips. We used several green shades but you can stick to just one hue. Turn the paper plate with the face down and start gluing paper strips over the cut triangle shape. You can either apply glue to both ends of the paper strips or directly to the paper plate, right next to the triangle.

Paper strip Christmas tree - trees with stars

Step 4: When you are done with gluing paper strips and are happy with your design, move on to cutting the star and a brown paper square for the tree trunk.

Older kids can decorate the Christmas tree with pom poms or sequin or they can use a snowflake punch to create a bunch of snowflakes that they can glue all over the paper plate.

Easy Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

Easy Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

An easy paper plate Christmas tree craft for kids to make for the holidays. Use paper strips for this colorful Christmas craft.

Materials

  • Christmas tree template - find it at the end of the article
  • paper plate
  • any color craft paint
  • green construction paper
  • cardstock paper: yellow and brown
  • glue

Tools

  • paint brush or sponge brush
  • scissors
  • pencil

Instructions

  1. Start by painting your paper plate. We love using a sponge brush for painting our paper plates as it’s easier and faster. Set the paper plate aside to dry completely.
  2. Download the Christmas tree template and cut one of the two triangle shapes. Use the template to draw the tree in the middle of the paper plate and cut it out.
  3. Cut paper strips. We used several green shades but you can stick to just one hue. Turn the paper plate with the face down and start gluing paper strips over the cut triangle shape. You can either apply glue to both ends of the paper strips or directly to the paper plate, right next to the triangle.
  4. When you are done with gluing paper strips and are happy with your design, move on to cutting the star and a brown paper square for the tree trunk.

Notes

Older kids can decorate the Christmas tree with pom poms or sequin or they can use a snowflake punch to create a bunch of snowflakes that they can glue all over the paper plate.

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