Friday, December 14, 2012

Class Christmas Tree Canvas Craft

Here's a cute holiday ornament craft we did this year.  It took about 30 minutes and the teacher used these to decorate her class tree and then we sent them home on the last before winter break.  This goes great with math lessons about graduated sizes.

  1. Mini canvas boards (I bought mine at Michaels - they come in packs of 3-5).  
  2. paint brushes or paint sponge sticks
  3. Six coordinating 3/8 inch spools of ribbon (depending on how big your class is you may need 2 spools of each pattern/ribbon).  I pre-cut each ribbon for every student into the width of the mini canvas board (which for me was 2 inches).
  4. Star stickers - one for each student (I found these in the scrapbook section of Michaels.
  5. Modge Podge
  6. Two spools of 3/8 inch ribbon to hang the canvas with.
  7. Glue gun (to attach the ribbon to hang the canvas with).

  1. Pass out the canvas boards and sponge sticks or paint brushes (the teacher should have). 
  2. Write the children’s names on the back of each canvas with a sharpie (and the date if you like).
  3. Place a dab of paint on the canvas board and the students will cover the board with that one dab of paint.  
  4. The teacher and I each brought in our hair dryers and we helped the drying process along by having the students bring us their canvases and we dried each one quickly. 
  5. After the canvases are dry and the students are sitting back at their desks with them, pass out the ribbon and the star stickers
  6. Explain to the students that they will make a tree with their ribbon on their canvas.  They can do this however they please.  They can cut the strips of ribbon into graduated sizes and organize them in the order they want them on the canvas with the star at the top.
  7. Once they are ready to place the ribbon on the canvas you can either brush the modge podge on the entire canvas for them or you can give them a dab of modge podge and they can use a sponge or brush to spread it over the canvas and then place the ribbon and sticker onto the canvas quickly. 
  8. Lay the canvases to dry again and once they are completely dry I go back over them with more modge podge just to make sure everything sticks on.
  9. Hot glue the ribbon onto the back in a loop so it makes a hanger. 
  10. Enjoy!

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