Large Felt Christmas Tree

This is a fun wall hanger for children to decorate.

You wi\nll need a large piece of green felt

a smaller size of brown felt

Hot glue gun

Circles of velcro

Colorful pieces of felt

Piece of string and scissors

First, cut either a tree or triangle shape out of the green (around 2-4 feet in size- depending on how big you want the tree)

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Cut a large square (or rectangle) out of the brown felt

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Hot glue the brown felt to the bottom of the green to make the tree

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Cut a small hole (or small holes) in the top of the tree to tie the string through to hang the tree. Alternative- get a large piece of white felt and hot glue the whole tree onto the large white felt- the cut holes in the top edges of the white and tie the yarn through the holes to hang the tree on the wall.

Cut all the colored felt into shapes of various sizes, take one side of the velcro and stick or glue it to the backs of the shapes. Take the other sides and stick them to the tree in random locations.

 

Hang the tree and have your kids decorate their new toy. They can take the ornaments off and stick them on where every they want.

To make the ornaments:

Cut out the shapes

You can use only the basic shapes or you can cut smaller shapes and hot glue the smaller shapes onto the larger shapes.

Christmas Tree Paper Chain

This is a classic for a Christmas tree. They have been around for decades.

You will need multi colored construction paper, scissors and glue

Cut the construction paper into strips- 1-3 inches in width.

 

Fold the strip and glue the edges of the first circle in the chain

Fold the next link through the center of the first link and glue it closed.

Repeat until the chain is the size you want.

It’s a very simple, yet potentially time consuming, project for children of all ages. You can use it for your banister, tree or any inside decorations.

Christmas Tree Shaped Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

For this ornament, you will need a variety of pipe cleaners- definately one green for the base of the tree. 20181208_1856377950286124226117760.jpgFirst, fold a pipe cleaner into a triangle, take the edges and fold them over and shape out the tree.

Next, take a red (or another color) pipe cleaner, form it into a rectangle and wrap the edges around the bottom of the triangle.

Take more of that color and wrap- measure a little over the length and cut the pieces for a smoother wrap.

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Take another color of the pipe cleaner and measure a bit longer than the top of the tree (leave a tiny hole) and start wrapping. Go 2-3 layers, then switch colors and keep going until you reach the bottom.

Smooth out the tree and reshape, if needed.

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Take a white pipe cleaner (or another color) and cut about 3-4 inches. Stick one end through the hole and wrap the ends together to use to hang the tree.

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Fast and easy Candy Cane Tree Ornaments

You can make these in bulk fast. They are extremely easy- simple enough a toddler can do and you can use these if you dont want to use actual candy canes on your tree.

You will need red and white pipe cleaners. That’s it, just a bunch of red and white pipe cleaners.

Twist the pipecleaners around each other, so they stripe then bend the top to form the head of the candy cane.

If you want slightly harder to make (if you’re teaching your child to braid), use 3 of any color combination and braid the pipe cleaners, then bend the head.

Christmas Peppermint Hard Candy

You will need

1/2 cup of water

2 cups of sugar

3/4 cups of Karo

Powdered sugar

Pan (I used a square  ” by  ”

peppermint extract and green food dye

Put a layer of powdered sugar in the pan and put the pan to the side

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Combine water, sugar and karo in a sauce pan over high heat until boiling. Let boil a few minutes until it reaches 300 degrees (use a candy thermometer

Once it reaches 300, continue to cook for a couple minutes but not too long- it will burn fast.

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Once you get it dissolved and to the right temperature, take it off the heat and add the flavoring and dye then pour it into the pan20181207_1655455680385581792049801.jpg

Check out these super cute and educational snow day worksheets

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Dairy and Gluten Free Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

I originally found this recipe on another blog but made so many substitutions it ended up being it’s own recipe. My kids love it and I think it turned out great

1/4th cup nut milk (I used cashew), unsweetened and unflavored

1/2 cup oil (I used regular vegatable oil)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose baking flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

Blend all ingredients together

fold in

1/2 cup enjoy life allergy free chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped/crushed walnuts

Mold into several logs in whatever thickness you want and put on a greased cookie sheet

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and take out of oven

Let sit for 30 minutes while oven cools down

Reheat oven to 325 and bake again for another 20-30 minutes then let cool.