Despite the glam and glitter of the 21st century and all of its gadgets and gizmos, the best presents are still handmade!
They come from the heart and say something special about each gift recipient because you can personalize each stocking stuffer!
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
- Brown paper sack
- Crafting paint (suggested colors: Green, Red, White, Brown, Gold, Silver)
- Colored buttons
- Floral or crafting wire (optional)
- Additional touches such as glitter, confetti, etc.
- Stuffing (you can use cotton balls)
- Stencil in the shape of a Christmas tree (this is optional; you can free hand the design if you feel comfortable doing so.)
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
- Scissors (to add an extra cute touch to the completed craft you could opt to use scissors that cut in a variety of designs. These special scissors are available at your local crafting supply store.)
Now that you have gathered all of the materials and tools you need, find an area to work
in with a fairly large amount of room and lay down some newspaper since you will be
painting. You may also wanted to grab an old rag and a cup of water to use in the
painting portion of this project.
TO GET STARTED:
1) Decide how big or small you want to make your brown paper Christmas tree. You could
make a collection of trees from small to large which would make a festive and decorative touch to your home decor for the holidays.
2) Outline the shape of the tree using a stencil or freehand the design. Once you are happy with the look of the Christmas tree carefully cut the tree out of the brown paper sack. once you have the tree shape cut out you will need to cut out another tree shape to make the backing.
NOTE: You may also want to cut an additional tree shape to use as a pattern for any
additional trees you plan on making. Do this now, since you have a tree shape that you
are happy with!
3) You should now have the front and the back to the Christmas tree. Using your crafting paint, paint the brown paper in any style you wish. You can use your imagination and design a traditional tree or a funky and unique pattern.
SOME TIPS and SUGGESTIONS: Try adding some glitter or small beads for the
ornaments. Purchase some small “jingle bells” at your local crafting store and add
these as an extra special touch. Use some loose tinsel and place onto the tree while
the paint is still wet to add some holiday sparkle to this project!
4) Let the crafting paint dry completely before moving on to the next steps in this project.
5) Once the paint is dry, begin to assemble the tree. Using your hot glue gun, glue the painted “front” of the tree to the backing, leaving an area large enough to put your stuffing into the tree.
6) Once the glue has dried, begin to stuff the tree. When you are satisfied with the look of your tree, glue the opening closed and let it dry.
7) Add any extra touches to the tree (such as the buttons or the crafting wire-which is used to hang the tree- pictured here) with your hot glue.
And that’s all there is to it! You have just completed a unique and adorable stocking stuffer that is sure to surprise and please anyone on your Christmas gift list! This is a fun craft to make with your children as well. They will have loads of fun decorating their own “mini” Christmas tree and can proudly display it next to their stocking or on the front door of your home.
You don’t have to limit yourself to just Christmas trees! Any pattern you can find or make can be your next crafting project. Make brown paper stockings or charming and shiny stars covered in glitter. The sky is the limit with all of the variations you can add to this wonderful crafting project. Just remember the main thing is to have FUN and have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!