The downside of online shopping is the pile of cardboard boxes in my garage waiting for trash day. But this craft is not only kid-friendly, it uses recycled packing boxes.
Younger kids might need help cutting through the cardboard, but they will have fun painting and decorating the tree. And when the holidays are a memory, you can send the trees along with the recycling truck. No need to store them, there will be boxes again next year.
Cardboard Christmas Tree
Step 1: Draw a Christmas tree on a large piece of cardboard and cut it out. Our tree stands about 14 inches tall and is 14 inches wide at the bottom.
Step 2: On a separate piece of cardboard, trace a second tree using your first tree as a guide. Cut out the second tree.
Step 3: Cut a slit on one tree about 8 inches from the bottom. Cut a slit in the second tree about 8 inches from the top, so that the two trees can hook together when you are finished painting. (See below picture for reference.)
Step 4: Paint one side of each tree and allow to dry. Paint second side of each tree and allow to dry.
Step 5: Slide the tree with the bottom slit over top of the tree with the top slit. (See top picture for reference.)
Step 6: Paint your tree and decorate with foam stickers, glitter, sequins, or yarn.
What holiday crafts are your kids working on? Let us know in the comments.