Miniature Christmas Tree Ornament
What you will make:
A simple cone of paper can be made into an ornament that everyone will
enjoy. With just a few standard supplies, you and your children can make
and decorate these
miniature Christmas tree ornaments. You can also make Santa's hat
and bell ornaments using the same cone-shape.
This project is perfect for family, classroom or group craft
time. It requires just a few materials and offers endless
possibilities for individual creativity. This project also goes
along with math lessons to reinforce the concepts of circles,
semicircles, and cones.
Here's what you need:
- Green and yellow construction paper
- Scraps of paper in other colors
- Glitter or glitter pen
- Ribbon (narrow, ¼" or less)
- White glue (PVA, Elmer's)
- Compass or 5"-to-6" plate/lid
- Hole punch
- Optional: Tape
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Miniature Christmas Tree Ornaments
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed
for making the Conical Tree Ornament. If you are doing
this craft with a group, precutting 5"-to-6" semicircles from
green construction paper will make the craft go faster.
- Step 2: Draw Circle
Draw a 5"-to-6" circle on green construction paper. You can use
a compass to draw the circle, or trace around a small plate or
lid that is 5" to 6" across.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out the circle. Fold the circle in half and unfold. Cut
on the fold to make two semicircles.
- Step 4: Form Cone
Make a pinch fold in the center of the semicircle's
straight edge. This is the top of the cone.
semicircle into a cone by bringing the two halves of the
straight edge together. Overlap the edges and glue them to make a
cone. This is your little tree to decorate.
- Step 5: Punch Circles
Use the hole punch to punch circles from several colors of
paper. Glue the circles to the tree as ornaments. You will
need about 20 circles for each little tree. Tip:
If you don’t have a hole punch, cut small circles, squares or
triangles with your scissors. Make them about ¼" in
- Step 6: Add Star
Cut a small star out of yellow construction paper. Glue it
to the top of the tree. Let the glue dry before going on to the
next step. Tip: See Aunt Annie's
project for instructions on cutting a perfect
five-pointed star. You could cut a star from white paper to use
as a pattern, and then trace it onto yellow construction paper.
- Step 7: Glitter Garlands
Draw two garlands (squiggly lines) around the tree with a small bead of glue
or a glitter pen. Dust the glue with glitter. Decorate the
star with glitter, too. Tip: Add a
special touch by writing the year or a name in glitter.
- Step 8: Hanger
Cut a 10" length of narrow ribbon. Glue or tape the
two ends to the back of the tree. After the glue has dried,
your ornament is ready to hang on the tree. Tip:
To hide the ribbon ends, slip the ends through the top of the
cone's seam and tape them to the inside of the cone.
That's it! Now it's time to hang your ornament!
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