We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare today by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! Another one to add to our collection of tree ornaments that look like Christmas trees!
This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Not only will they enjoy the creative process, there’s an opportunity to learn about water absorption and colour blending, and of course there are the jewels. The hooligans love the jewels for their sparkly beauty. I love them for the fine-motor work out that they provide.
This is our second coffee filter craft in less than a week! Pop over to CBC Parents to see the gorgeous Coffee Filter Poppies we made for Rembembrance Day, and then come on back and gather up your supplies.
Supplies for coffee filter Christmas trees:
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- Ice cube tray or small containers
- food colouring and/or liquid watercolours (in varying shades of green and blue)
- coffee filters
- craft jewels
- paint brush
- hole punch
- thread for hanging
* To contain messes and spills we worked on a plastic table cloth. The ice cube tray was placed in a baking pan to prevent it from being tipped.
How to make a coffee filter Christmas Tree:
I put a little water in an ice cube tray. You don’t need much; you want your colours to be intense.
I added a few drops of food colouring or a squirt of liquid watercolour to each section of the tray. We used different shades of greens and blues for each section. In some sections I added two colours so the hooligans could stir them together and see some colour-mixing.
When they’d finished stirring, the fun began.
Each hooligan dripped, brushed and tapped the coloured water onto their coffee filters. Some chose to crumple their filters up and dunk them into the water.
If the colours weren’t intense enough, I would add a few drops of food colouring directly onto the wet coffee filters so the kids could swish those around.
Drying the filters:
You can lay the filters out on a baking sheet to air dry them, or do like we did, and hold them under the heat of a hair-dryer to speed up the process.
Shaping and decorating our coffee filter trees:
Once dry, fold your filter, acordion-style, in half and then in half again. Don’t aim for perfection here. It’s nice to see the layers at the bottom of your “Christmas tree”.
Add a little glue between the layers to hold everything in place. Now it’s time to add some bling!
The hooligans brushed their coffee filters with glue, and added their jewels to the tree. I love how our one year old preferred to add her glue directly to the jewels, and place each one individually exactly where she wanted it. Manipulating these tiny jewels provides such a great fine-motor work-out for little fingers!
When the jewels had dried in place, I punched a hole in the top of each tree, and added a silver thread for hanging.
Stay tuned! We’ll be sharing many more easy and inexpensive Christmas crafts for kids in the days and weeks to come!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.