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Christmas crafts

Triangular christmas tree

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • 1 sheet of green squar paper size 16 x 16 cm or 12 x 12 cm
  • brown paper
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  • Use a sheet of green square paper and fold it diagonally.
  • Cut it through the middle.
  • Lay one half aside and fold the other half again so you’ll get another triangle.
  • Cut it through the middle.
  • Lay one half aside and fold the other half again so you’ll get another triangle.
  • Repeat this until the paper is to small to cut.
  • Cut a stem from brown paper.
  • Start by pasting the biggest triangle on the stem.
  • Work your way up by using the biggest triangle until you run out.
  • Decorate your tree.
Step 1: fold the green
paper in half

Step 2: Cut it diagonally

Step 3: Fold the leftover
piece in half

Step 4: Cut the leftover
piece in half

Step 5: Continue cutting
leftover pieces in half

Step 6: Nice tree!

Kite christmas tree

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • 1 sheet of green square paper size 20 x 20 cm or16 x 16 cm
  • brown paper
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  1. Use a sheet of green squared paper and fold a kite (see the how-to page about folding).
  2. Fold the small tip inwards.
  3. Cut a stem from brown paper.
  4. Decorate your Christmas tree.

 

Christmas tree from vertical strips

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown and green paper
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  1. Cut 10 strips of paper.
  2. Cut a stem.
  3. Start with the longest strip of paper and paste it on the stem.
  4. Take another strip of paper and cut off a piece.
  5. Leave a bit of space open en paste it above the longest strip exactly in the middle.
  6. Take another strip and cut it smaller than the one before.
  7. Repeat this until you have 10 strips.
  8. Decorate your tree.

Christmas tree staircase

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown paper
  • green  A4 paper
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  • Use a sheet of green A4 paper and fold it.
  • Cut a strip almost to the end.
  • Repeat this and stop 1 cm before the end each time.
  • When you’re finished open the paper and your tree is ready for decorating.
  • Save the strips you’ve cut off. (see the next project below)
Step 1: Fold a piece
of green paper

Step 2: Cut a strip
almost to the end

Step 3: That’s one strip down

Step 4: Repeat this with
the next strip

Step 5: Continue as shown

Step 6: Fold open and
you’re ready!

Christmas tree from horizontal strips

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown paper
  • left-over strips from previous project
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  1. Use the leftovers from the project above.
  2. Cut a trunk.
  3. Find the longest strip of paper and paste it exactly in the middle
  4. Then, find two strips of paper slightly shorter and paste them on either side of the longest strip.
  5. Repeat this until you have 5 strips on each side.
  6. Decorate your tree

Christmas tree from 16 squares

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown paper
  • green square paper size 16 x 16 cm or  20 x 20 cm
  • any colour A4 paper
  • stars
  • glitter

Let’s get to work:

  • Fold 16 squares. See the how-to page for instructions
  • Cut in on the sides twice, repeat on other side.
  • Fold the top to the middle.
  • Fold the incisions downwards
  • Cut a trunk, paste the tree on the trunk.
  • Decorate your tree
Step 1: Make incisions as shown

Step 2: Same on the other side

Step 3: Fold the top edge
towards the middle

Step 4: Same thing on
the other side

Step 5: Fold the
incisions downwards

Step 6: Yet another tree
is done!

Christmas bells

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • yellow square paper in the sizes 12 x 12 cm, 10 x 10 cm and 8 x 8 cm. You could also use golden square paper.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  • Fold 16 squares. See the how-to page for instructions.
  • Cut off one row of four squares.
  • Then cut another 2 squares off, but leave the one in the middle.
  • On top of the bell, fold the edges inwards.
  • Fold the middle square inwards as well.
  • Use the leftover squares to cut a small circle and paste it on top of the bell.
  • Do this with all sizes paper and the project is finished.
Step 1: Cut off 4 squares

Step 2: Cut off
another 2 squares

Step 3: Fold the edges inwards

Step 4: Fold the bottom middle
square inwards as well

Step 5: From a leftover square,
cut out a small circle

Step 6: Your bell is finished!

Christmas star from 16 squares

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • yellow square paper size12 x 12 cm. You could also use golden square paper.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  • Fold 16 squares. See the how-to page for instructions.
  • Cut off all four corner squares off
  • Make incisions in the middle of all four sides.
  • Fold the inside corners away from each other into triangles.
Step 1: Cut off 4 corners

Step 2: Make incisions

Step 3: Fold corners away

Step 4: And continue …

Step 5: Almost done …

Step 6: Nice star!

Christmas star from 3 triangles

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • 2 yellow square papers size 12 x 12 cm. You could also use golden square paper.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  • Fold the 2 squares diagonally.
  • Cut them over the folded line.
  • Take 2 triangles and make a big triangle out of them.
  • Lay them over each other so they have 2 “legs”.
  • Take another triangle and lay the tip between de legs of the first 2 triangles.
  • One triangle remains unused, but if you take another square paper and repeat the steps, you can make another star and the paper won’t go wasted.
Step 1: Cut diagonally

Step 2: Put them over each other

Step 3: Add the third
triangle to finish the star

Christmas star from kites, single

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • 4 yellow square papers  size 10 x 10 cm. You could also use golden square paper.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold 4 kites, see the how-to page about folding.
  2. Lay the tips of the short ends of the kites against each other.

Christmas star from kites, double

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • yellow square paper size12 x 12 cm. You could also use golden square paper.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold 8 kites.
  2. Lay the tips of the short ends of the kites against each other.  This is the same as shown in the project above.
  3. Lay another 4 kites over the already pasted kites.

Stable with Joseph and Mary 1

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown square paper size16 x 16 cm.
  • any colour square paper size 8 x 8 cm or 10 x 10 cm.
  • any colour A4 paper

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold the brown square paper diagonally and cut it on the line.
  2. Cut thin brown strips to use as poles and glue the roof on the poles
  3. Take any colour square paper and fold 16 squares.
  4. Cut it trough the middle so you’ll have 8 squares left.
  5. Fold one corner in and make a circle for a face.
  6. Repeat this to make the other character.
  7. Use two small brown strips and place them diagonally across each other. This will be the crib.
  8. Place some straw in the crib for authenticity.
  9. Stick some stars on the paper and you’re done.

Painted christmas angel

Materials needed :

  • Construction paper 120 grams or more
  • blue, yellow, white, pink or brown and red paint
  • a bucket of warm water
  • lots of supervision!
  • golden and silver stars
  • plates

Let’s get to work:

  1. Put all the colours paint on plates.
  2. Stick the child’s hand in the blue paint.
  3. Place the hand on the paper and tell the child to wiggle her fingers.
  4. Let the child was her hand in the bucket.
  5. Stick the child’s hand in the white paint, but not completely, just the top of the palm and the fingers.
  6. Place the hand on the paper and make the wings of the angel.
  7. Let the child wash her hand in the bucket.
  8. With their fingers they can now finish the project.
  9. Make a circle for a head.
  10. Make hair, eyes and a mouth.
  11. Sprinkle the angel with golden and silver stars.

 

Christmas angel from a kite

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • any colour square paper size16 x 16 cm.
  • other coloured paper for the head and wings
  • any colour A4 paper
  • glitter
  • stars

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold a kite and fold the tip inwards. This is the dress of the angel.
  2. Cut 2 circles, 1 for the head and one for the wings.
  3. Cut one circle in half and use it on either side of the dress.
  4. Glue everything together and decorate the project with glitter and stars.

Mary and Jesus

Materials needed :

  • paintbrushes
  • window paint
  • template of Mary and Jesus (see downloads page)
  • transparent sheets

Let’s get to work:

  1. Copy the template of Mary and Jesus on transparent sheets using a printer or a photo copier.
  2. Let the children colour in the template with window paint.
  3. Hang against a window for a beautiful effect.

 

Stable with Joseph and Mary 2

Materials needed :

  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown square construction paper size 50 x 50 cm
  • template of Joseph, Mary etc.

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold the brown square construction paper in a diagonal cross. (see the how to page for instructions)
  2. Cut one line inwards and stop in the middle.
  3. Fold the two parts that are loose from each other and glue them together.
  4. Colour all the pictures of the nativity play and put glue on the rims.
  5. For an extra effect, let the children prick out a window and stick some yellow see through paper behind it.