I can’t believe Christmas is just right around the corner. We just love doing Christmas crafts and have a really cute and simple one to share today. This Christmas tree thumbprint art doesn’t take too much preparation to make a cute and festive personalized Christmas craft.
Materials Needed for the Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art :
- White paper
- Colored paper (To contrast with the white. We used black.)
- Crayon (or something to trace with)
- Paint in Christmas colors like red, green, gold, etc.
Getting the Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art Ready:
To prepare for this Christmas Tree craft, I first made a Christmas Tree template from the colored paper. To do this, I folded the paper in half and drew half of a Christmas tree shape along the folded side. I kept it simple by drawing three connected triangle shapes, with a rectangle for the trunk at the bottom.
Finally, I cut along the lines to make complete the Christmas tree shape, trimming it just a bit to get the desired Christmas Tree shape. You can use this same template to make many Christmas tree templates at a time to do it with a whole class.
After the Christmas Tree shapes are cut, it’s time to do the craft with the kids!
Doing the Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art :
The student will start by taping the Christmas Tree down where they would like it on the paper. We used two pieces of rolled paper under the Christmas Tree shape. Doubled-sided tape would work well too.
Now it’s time to start painting! Dip one finger into the paint and start making finger prints.
Be sure to do fingerprints all along the edge of the shape first. This will help the Christmas Tree show up well at the end.
After making finger prints along the edge of the shape, start making scattered fingerprints all around the paper. It’s fun to try other colors like red or gold too!
After you’re finished making fingerprints all around the paper, it’s time to peel up the shape to reveal your Christmas Tree! This is the fun part. Slowly peel up the colored Christmas Tree shape, being careful not to tear the paper.
Now your Christmas Tree is complete! Try experimenting with the tree in different places, or by using different paint colors.
Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art would be beautiful classroom decorations, would make a great gift, and are perfect to include on a Christmas card. So fun and festive!
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