Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments

Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments with  foil, tissue paper and craft jewels.  An easy and beautiful Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.

We have made a LOT of easy Christmas crafts here in my daycare over the years, and many of our ornaments are actual Christmas TREE ornaments.  What I mean is: the ornaments themselves look like Christmas trees.  These Tin foil Christmas Trees  are one of my very favourites.

The inspiration for these foil and tissue trees came from Dilly-Dali Art’s Christmas Tree Stars.  If you haven’t yet seen them, pop over and check them out.  Then come on back and find out how we made our trees.  They’re really easy, and most of the supplies can likely be found around your home.

tin foil  and tissue paper Christmas tree ornaments

Supplies for Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments:

supplies for tin foil tissue tree ornaments

For your convenience, I’ve included affiliate links in this post.

How to make your Foil and Tissue Tree Ornaments:

We started with some cardboard triangles that I had cut out ahead of time.

child wrapping cardboard with aluminum foil

The Hooligans covered the triangles with tin-foil.  Working with tinfoil is fun for little ones, and it’s easy for them to work with because when they crumple it up, and it sticks to itself.  No need for tape or glue.  children coating tin foil with mod-lodge

Then we coated the trees with modge-podge, and covered the surface with squares of coloured tissue paper.

sticking tissue paper into mod-lodge

The next step was a bit tricky for children this young: you tap and press the tissue with a brush dipped in modge-podge, to completely cover all the tissue.  I had to help with this process as tissue was sticking to little fingers and lifting off, and the squares were ripping a bit as they brushed them.  Not to worry – a few more pieces of strategically placed tissue squares covered up any damage.  Aren’t they looking pretty already?  And we’re not done yet!  In hind-sight, I would make sure ALL the foil got covered with a piece of tissue.

cardboard triangles covered with tin foil and tissue paper

Before we could proceed to the next step, our trees had to dry, so we, so we headed out to make the most of our FIRST SNOW FALL!!  Yippeeeeee!!  By the time we got out there, the snow was really coming down.  The good, sticky kind!  What a blast!3 year old rolling snow ball3 year olds building snowman

After lunch we finished decorating our tin foil trees!  The Hooligans covered them with sparkly gemstones.  2 year old putting craft jewels on tree ornament

Wowzers!finished tin foil and Christmas tree ornaments

We added tinsel around the edge of one tree, which the two year old loved, but the Threes opted to leave theirs as-is because the tinsel was fairly thick and covered up some of the gems. Punch a hole in the top and thread it for hanging. Looking for more easy Christmas crafts for toddlers and preschoolers?  Check out my Hooligans Xmas Crafts Pinboard!  You’ll find loads of beautiful, inexpensive Christmas craft ideas for kids.

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    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks so much! And yes, it was so nice to FINALLY get some snow. I don’t think it’s supposed to last long though. :(

  1. says

    I absolutely love these! I can just imagine how beautiful and sparkly they will be nestled on a tree branch amongst the lights. Now I want to make some ornaments like these!
    Tell the Hooligans they did a great job!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks Aleacia! I never would have thought of this if I hadn’t seen your Christmas Tree Stars. You’ve got me thinking up all kinds of foil and tissue possibilities! If you make some, I’d love it if you linked them up to my facebook page!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Kierna! I think you can actually make modge-podge by adding water to white glue. I’ve seen directions floating around the internet in the past.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks Julia! Have fun with it! If you take pics, feel free to link them up to my facebook page. We’d love to them!

  2. happyhooligans says

    Thanks for all your comments, gals! Wow, this craft was a popular one! Hmmmm, I wonder what else we can cover with tissue and foil…

    • happyhooligans says

      Who doesn’t love modge-podge? lol Actually, it’s better suited for older kids because of the trickiness of the modge-podge.

  3. says

    Great idea, we will be trying this!
    I’ve just found your lovely blog, love all the projects you do with your hooligans, thanks for sharing!

    • happyhooligans says

      Have fun with them, Kim! You’ll LOVE the way they turn out. I’d love to see pics if you want to link them up to my Hooligans f/b page. :)

  4. Teresa Williams says

    I plan to use this idea with my foster care clients. We are having an open house and this will be a great craft for them to make for our tree in the office. I think its a great craft for all age children. Thank you so much.

    • happyhooligans says

      I’m honoured to be your inspiration, Teresa! You’re right. This one is good for all ages. I hope the children enjoy making them!

  5. Tracey McInally says

    Am so excited to do these with my class of 4 and 5 year olds. Always looking for new, fresh ideas. Thanks!!

    • happyhooligans says

      Have fun with them, Tammy! We’ve made similar ones for Easter and Valentine’s Day, and they’re always so pretty!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you, Karla! Of all the Christmas crafts we’ve ever done (and we’ve done hundreds over the years), this is one of my absolute all time favourites! So glad you liked it too.

  6. Lil C's Mom says

    Very cute! These will make great gifts for aunts/uncles/grandparents. And they’re all supplies we have on hand.

  7. says

    Hi! I’m definitely going to do this with my kids!

    FYI – your affiliate links are all going to the tin foil. I’ll buy the jewels through your link if you fix it. :-)

    • happyhooligans says

      How bizarre! Thanks for the heads up! I’ll fix it. Give me a couple of minutes. And thanks for letting me know!

    • happyhooligans says

      So strange. I just fixed them, and they still all lead to the foil. There must be something weird going on with the foil code. Hang on. I’ll take the whole list out, and start fresh. Gimme a few minutes. :)

    • happyhooligans says

      Ok. I think the links are all good now. :) I’m going to check some other posts. Crossing fingers this hasn’t happened every time I’ve listed my material. There will be a lot of fixing to be done if it has! Thanks again for letting me know. I really appreciate it.

  8. Karen says

    Lovely idea! This will work to keep my 2 little toddlers busy at home, now that the weather is getting a little cold to go out, thanks!

  9. says

    I bet these look beautiful on the tree with the lights reflecting the foil and glittering up the jewels! I’ll be featuring this in an ornament round-up at The Crafty Crow soon!

  10. says

    Hi ! Jackie
    Love it….. I love your decor style, I like this simple ideas using foil and tissue paper. Looks amazing. Great idea.. I will be trying it. Thanks for sharing this beautiful concept with fabulous idea.

  11. NickiG says

    Thank you – I made these with my school-kids and the four-year-olds I was looking after – they especially liked sticking on the jewels and they looked beautiful on the Christmas tree.


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