Can you guess what I made these beautiful tiny trees out of?
Party Hats and Birthday Streamers! I kid you not! I wanted to add some new decorations to our décor, without spending a dime.
I just so happened to have some party hats that I have had for YEARS. At the last party the elastic (that keeps them on your head) got used to make sling shots (really great slingshots and bow and arrows! They even worked! Sometimes my children are so ingenious!).
I saw them doing it, and didn’t mind because we had had these hats for so long. I don’t know, however, why I saved the darn hats, but I did.
This is one that the kids decorated with a pipe cleaner garland and gem stickers!
I have to tell you I had a few fails at first. I knew I wanted to cover them with tissue squares. You know how you did it as a kid: Take a small tissue square and wrap it around the end of an unsharpened pencil, dip the tissue end into glue, stick it onto your paper, pull your pencil out, and wha-la!
I did not have any red or green tissue paper. So, I tried using thin Christmas Scrapbook paper. Then I tried a few more supplies until I stumbled upon the perfect material!
Streamers! I love the texture the streamers gave this, even more than if I had had tissue paper! However, be ready to cut a TON of squares for each tree. Then, cut triple that amount! No kidding.
Another disclosure is that because I used party hats it was hard to get the squares to stay on. Party hats are quite smooth texture and squares will easily slip off. So we would just add some squares haphazardly around the hat. Then, let them dry. Once the glue dries they stay on really well. Then, we come back and fill in. Repeat this step a bunch.
Could be a fun craft to keep your kids busy while you are hiding away in a bedroom, wrapping presents…or busy baking and cooking!