I realized this year one of the benefits of a live tree: the pressure to take it down.
In addition to our first artificial tree, this year we put up a magical forest of conifers on the mantle. We thought we’d build one each day for Advent and tuck a little candy or other prize under each as a way to countdown the days til Christmas, but we couldn’t stop.
This craft is appropriate for kids of all ages.
Supplies: paper in various shades of green, paint (We use black, white, red, rose glitter, and gold glitter paint), brushes and sponges, tape or small stapler
To do (by Lamb):
- Paint some of your sheets of paper with fun designs. We used zigzags, stripes, and even leopard spots.
- Cut paper into cones. You might have a preferred way to do this, but we never found one we loved. One idea: trace circles of various sizes (use bowls or saucers or plates), then cut out. Cut in half, and bend each into a cone. Secure with tape or small staples.
- Build trees out of a single cone, or stack. If stacking, add fringe or a wavy edge to tiers.
- If you feel extra creative, decorate by painting on little birds, squirrels, porcupines, raccoons, etc.!