Easy kids craft: paper roll Christmas tree decor

Easy kids craft - recycled toilet paper roll Christmas tree plaqueI’m a big fan of crafts with toilet paper rolls. I don’t know if you saw my desk organizer? I feel very accomplished when I use tp rolls in my crafts, I guess because it can be hard to think of what to do with them. This idea actually fell out on my table, because I had saved a bunch of toilet paper rolls and they spilled out of a cereal box into a kind-of tree shape. I thought to myself, “a kid would love making a Christmas tree decoration out of this.” The truth is, this is a really fun holiday craft for parents to do with their children. Especially if the kids are younger, they’ll need a little help. Older children will probably want to tackle this on their own and choose their own paint colors. But enough chatting, because I’m getting excited to share . . . here’s how to make this easy kids craft.

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood plaque
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Apple Barrel paint – Bright Magenta, Cloudless, Light Pink, Pool Blue, Regency Blue, White
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrush(es)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

IMG_2387Begin by basecoating the plaque with Cloudless. I love that name for a paint color, BTW. Let that dry until it’s really dry.

IMG_2391While the plaque is drying, cut your tp rolls into various lengths. You want three for the tree top and then one for the tree base. I just eyeballed it. Paint the three larger rolls with White and the tree base with Bright Magenta.

IMG_2395This is the part that older kids can handle, but you might have to help the young ones. Make stripes on the back of your plaque with painter’s tape and then paint over the top with Pool Blue. Remove the painter’s tape immediately after painting.

IMG_2396Here’s your plaque after removing the painter’s tape. Let dry . . . and then paint Light Pink around the edge. Let that dry.

IMG_2420Glue your tp rolls down to make a tree using the craft glue.

IMG_2421Then use your paint colors (including the ones you haven’t used yet) to add dots to the “tree.” Just use the end of the paintbrush to make them. They don’t have to be even.

IMG_2429Paint the plaque with Sparkle Mod Podge. You can paint the tree too – it’s up to you! I painted the whole thing.

Easy kids craft - toilet paper roll Christmas tree plaqueHang and admire your toilet paper handiwork. Or your children’s toilet paper handiwork. You know, whatever. Happy Holidays!