12 December 2012

347/366 cardboard trees

Remember the cardboard birds? And how I said the kids wanted to make cardboard trees? We finally did. 

For each tree, I cut two tree shapes out of cardboard, and cut a slit halfway up from the bottom on one, 
and halfway down from the top on the other. (The slit should be the same width as the cardboard.)
 The kids painted them, we let them dry, and then I slid them together—gently so the paint wouldn't scratch.
It was a fun, easy craft!

And for Cathy, pictures of our real tree.
It's not our usual tree. We bought it from a school fundraiser, and it was decorated by a middle school class. It came covered in beautiful sparkly blue ornaments with sparkly blue tulle. We wanted to make it our own, so we hauled out our favorite ornaments and replaced a few of the blue ones with our sentimental ones. 

The tulle is not something I would normally have, but I really like the added sparkle. 

The red birds (you see one, but there are three) are also not something I would normally have. They were added by Sweetpea. I figure when the kids are out of the house, I'll have full reign over the tree and can decorate it any way I like. For now, it's fun to see their personalities on the tree.


Cathy said...

So much awesomeness in this post! The cardboard trees are adorable. I might have to save that one for next year. I like the tulle too. Especially with the lights at night. Giving up control of the tree has been one of the hardest and best things I've done. I think red birds on a Christmas tree are some kind of good luck or something. Don't quote me on that though.

Jillaire said...

Excellent solution to your tree conundrum. (sp?) Trees here are SO EXPENSIVE we got a pretty short one and left off a few ornaments. Ours are totally funky and I love it. Still, I always want to make more with the kids every year, so I was thinking of doing a cardboard one like yours (saw a similar one in Family Fun) and letting it be the kid tree that they can decorate with homemade ornaments. We'll see if time allows between school and all the homemade gifts!!

Jillaire said...

I was just looking again and noticed the cardboard peacock. Love it!

nana/ma said...

The trees are very pretty and look expertly done! Hmm...must be Marisa and her "elves"! Another successful art project!!

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