An easy Christmas popsicle stick craft for kids, this Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree craft is a classic Christmas craft with so many ways for kids to customize them and make them their own!
Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Craft
Every year, my daughter’s school hosts an amazing Christmas party for all of the families to attend.
There’s a big potluck meal (with plenty of desserts), craft tables, activities, entertainment, and Santa usually makes an appearance.
A few years ago, one parent brought in a bunch of pre-assembled popsicle stick triangles for a cute popsicle stick Christmas tree craft. There was plenty of different craft materials on offer for all of the kids to personalize their own little trees.
It was such a hit at the party, that I’ve since started making these popsicle stick trees every year with my daycare kids.
This craft provides:
- basic shape recognition (triangle trees, circle pompoms, square tree stumps, etc)
- fine motor skill practice (whether handling the small craft materials or winding the yarn or pipe cleaners to create a garland)
- language opportunities (the sticks are hard, the pompoms are soft, the pipe cleaners are scratchy, the paper is smooth)
- plenty of opportunity for kids to make this craft their own and be creative
My daughter helped me pre-assemble the triangle trees for the daycare kids so we could just focus on decorating them. While she was able to decorate her trees while the glue holding the sticks in a triangle shape was still setting, for my daycare kids I knew it would be frustrating if the sticks moved as they were trying to decorate.
While I just put down craft paper for this craft, we usually use these sturdy plastic lunch trays for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).
Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Materials
- Craft Sticks <– we bought these pre-dyed ones but you can also paint plain sticks
- Mini Pompoms
- Pipe Cleaners
- Glitter or Glitter Glue
- Jingle Bells
- Paper Stars or Star Beads
- Brown Craft Paper, cut into small squares
Tip: I just dug through my leftover Christmas craft supplies and put a variety of different materials that would work for this craft.
How to Make Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
Form the craft sticks into triangles for trees, gluing at the corners.
Allow the glue to set before setting out the invitation for the kids to decorate their trees.
Set out a variety of different craft materials for the kids to decorate their trees using.
You can show them how to wind their yarn or string to look like garland, or you can just let them explore and figure it out on their own.
I personally think the kids should decorate these however they like, but the brown squares of craft paper make great tree stumps and the stars are a great finishing touch on the top of the tree.
You can attach a magnet to the back of these popsicle stick Christmas trees or hang a loop of twine or ribbon to hang them as an ornament.
Grab your free printable instructions for our popsicle stick Christmas tree craft:
I just went through our craft supplies and grabbed loose odds and ends that would work for this craft, including leftover holly sprigs, jingle bells, etc. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
I just went through our craft supplies and grabbed loose odds and ends that would work for this craft, including leftover holly sprigs, jingle bells, etc.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
I hope your kids love getting to make their own mini trees as much as mine did! We ran out of pre-made tree triangles before they ran out of enthusiasm for this craft.