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Recycled Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

If you’re looking for recycled holiday projects, this Christmas tree craft using recycled toilet paper rolls is so fun! Kids will love it.

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Crafts: Tree Plaque

I’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 had been thinking about toilet paper roll Christmas crafts I could do so 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 Christmas wall decor.

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas 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
This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preshool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

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

Painting a toilet paper roll white

While 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.

This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preshool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

This 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.

Striped painted plaque

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

This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preshool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

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

This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preshool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

Then 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.

This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preshool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

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

This DIY tree plaque is one of our favorite easy Christmas crafts for kids! Make it out of toilet paper rolls (so cheap!) - and sparkle it up with Mod Podge. Fun to make at school . . . or for preschool age children. Even toddlers can do it with help!

Hang and admire your toilet paper handiwork. Or your children’s toilet paper handiwork. You know, whatever. Happy Holidays!


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Stephanie

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

This is so cute! I bet my daughter would love this for her room!!

NIcolas

Tuesday 17th of December 2013

Looks fantastic! It's also the first time I hear about mod pdge glitter, I will start using for my own crafts. Thanks for the tip!