Three Dimensional Christmas Tree Ornament
Cutting down an evergreen tree, placing it in our living rooms, and decorating it has been a popular tradition for many years. Reinforce learning about the evergreen tree and a cool art technique known as quilling while making these cute trees that look and feel three-dimensional.
The art of paper quilling has been around for centuries. Quilling involves creating decorative designs from thin strips of curled paper. Many adults remember curling paper around their pencil to make Santa's beard. When introducing young children to this type of artwork, it is best to start with a large shape or design and pre-cut paper strips.
- Colored construction paper
- Pre-cut construction paper strips in a variety of colors
- Christmas tree template
- Hole Punch
Students will trace or draw a Christmas tree on green paper and cut it out. Decorate the tree by taking a variety of colored pre-cut strips about one-eighth of an inch wide and wrapping them around a pencil to coil them. Place a drop of glue on the tree ahead of time and drop the coiled paper onto the glue. The coils will be the decorations for the tree. Use a yellow coil at the top of the tree to represent a star. Punch a hole in the top and place a piece of ribbon to hang the ornament.
The tree can also be made into a Christmas card by gluing it onto a piece of white paper and writing a holiday greeting on the inside. Once children have mastered simple quilling, they can move on to more intricate designs such as this glittery quilled snowflake ornament.
Tip: An easy way to make 3-D Christmas trees is to make two identical trees out of green paper. Decorate with construction paper, glitter or markers. Cut down the top of one tree and up the bottom of the other tree and slide together. This make a great table-top decoration.