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Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Tree Gift Tags Kid Made

This is a craft we made last year during our Christmas activities and I'm just now getting around to sharing.  I love these gift tags that the kids made last year, and so did everyone on our Christmas shopping list!  When the gift tags are made by kids, they are extra special.  The fun part about these Christmas Tree Stamps are that you can use them for so many things besides gift tags: wrapping paper, Christmas art, or just for fun!



Christmas Gift Tags made By Kids:

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To make your gift tags, you'll need a few supplies:
poster paints in green, brown, and red
paper tube
scissors
glue
crafting paper (this stuff is great for wrapping gifts, as well!)
white paper
hole punch


To start out, bend your paper tube into a triangle shape.  Dip it into a plate of green poster paint. Stamp this onto the paper in rows.


Next, use the cotton swabs to stamp red paint onto the Christmas trees.  You can dab ornaments onto the trees or paint garland with the red paint.  ...or color the whole tree red, like Little Guy did.  It's creative expression, here!

We used the brown paint to paint little trunks on each tree.  This part of the craft is a great way to sneak in some fine motor skills.  Work on pre-handwriting skills with the cotton swab by encouraging a tripod grasp, neutral or extended wrist, and pinkie and ring fingers tucked up into the palm for support.  This is a fun way to encourage an appropriate grasp on writing utensils.



Next allow the Christmas tree stamps to dry overnight or for several hours.  Admire the cuteness.


Cut tag shapes from the crafting paper.  Punch a hole at the top and strengthen it with hole reinforcement stickers.  Cut the Christmas trees from the white paper with a little edge.  Glue onto tags. I threaded the tags onto ribbon with help from Big Sister.  This part is a little difficult for younger kids, but older children can assist.


We used a variety of ribbon types to package up our gifts.  The Gift tags made the presents!


Let us know if you make these gift tags, or Christmas Tree stamps this season.  We would love to see them!  Share in the comments here or on our Facebook page.  We love to see what you are up to!

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