How to make christmas trees with popsicle sticks


Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

by Debbie Chapman

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Soooo? Do you have your Christmas tree up yet?? My girls have been so excited for Christmas that ours has been up for about a week now and the kids are LOVING it! Every craft project they do, no matter how big or small, they say, “I’m going to hang this on the tree!”

I said they could hang whatever they wanted on the BACK of the tree… ha! Hopefully that doesn’t make me a bad mom for making them hide everything on the back?!

I had to draw the line at my 3 year old’s chalk drawings though. She was just sticking full sheets of construction paper in the tree that were just covered in sidewalk chalk. She had so much chalk on them that if you even breathed on them, there would be a small cloud of chalk dust in the air above them. I’ll be posting the chalk project we were working on together soon, but let’s just say that as a 3 year old, she was a little bit more liberal with the application of her chalk than I was!

These popsicle stick Christmas tree ornaments are So. Much. Fun. I LOVE a good Christmas project that involves decorating a tree, and that’s exactly what this is! You make your outlines from popsicle sticks, and then you can decorate them however you want!

Check out our video for how to make Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees:

 

If you’re looking for more fun and easy Christmas ornament ideas, here’s a few more of our favourites:

Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Tea Light Snowman Ornaments

Popsicle Stick Santas

Popsicle Stick Door Ornaments

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Here’s what you’ll need to make these ornaments:

  • 3 popsicle sticks (one with about 1″ cut from the end of it)
  • 1″ x 1″ square of brown card stock
  • A star cut from glittery card stock
  • A piece of twine, approximately 6″ long
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors and a craft/utility knife

And to decorate them, you can use whatever you have on hand!

  • Tiny pom poms
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhinestones
  • Buttons
  • Glitter

We used the coloured popsicle sticks from the dollar store. The colours were perfect for what we were doing, and it saved us from the added step of painting regular ones.

For the stars: I cut out a template for the stars from a square piece of black construction paper using the tutorial in this video. I trimmed it down until it was the right size. It turned out perfectly! So I definitely recommend watching the video! I’m terrible at eyeballing stars so I needed a little guidance for sure.

Once I had the proper star shape and size cut out, I traced the outline of it onto the back of some thick, sparkly, yellow card stock and I cut out a bunch of them using scissors.

I wanted our trees to have a short bottom side so I trimmed the bottom popsicle stick on each tree. This step is completely optional, but I found it made the triangles look more “tree” like.

Trim off about 3/4″ to 1″ of the popsicle stick by cutting it with a craft (or utility) knife. The knife won’t cut all the way through – which is fine – all you need to do is score it deep enough on both sides, so that when you bend it, it breaks cleanly.

Add two dabs of hot glue to both ends of the trimmed popsicle stick piece:

Then position the two full length popsicle sticks to make a triangle:

I used about 6″ of twine for each of the hangers. Again using hot glue, I glued them to the top of the triangle so they were sandwiched between the popsicle sticks:

Then I used a small dab of hot glue to attach the star to the top and the 1″ x 1″ tree trunk to the bottom. And they were all set to decorate!

We used small dabs of hot glue to attach the tiny pom poms:

So these are the pom pom ones:

For these ones, we wrapped sparkly pipe cleaners around the popsicle sticks:

And for these ones, we strung a few jingle bells onto a sparkly pipe cleaner and zig-zagged it across the trees like garland:

Aren’t they cute!? Such a fun and easy craft!

My 5 year old and 3 year old loved making these! They couldn’t hold back so when they made their own ornaments they were covered in pom poms, pipe cleaners and jingle bells! And they were so proud of them!

I’ll have to remember to go back and write their names on the back of their ornaments with the year! It will be so fun to pull them out each year!

I let both my girls use the glue gun and they did great! After their practice with the pinecone and pom pom ornaments we made a few weeks ago, they were pretty much experts with it. It’s just one of those really small glue guns, so it doesn’t get very hot.

I’ve got to start using popsicle sticks more, because these Christmas trees were great! Once you make the tree, the sky is pretty much the limit in terms of how you decorate them! You can use buttons, ribbon, pipe cleaners, pom poms, even rhinestones to dress them up! It’s a simple holiday craft that’s great for kids of all ages!

About Debbie Chapman, the Author of this Post

I'm Debbie Chapman, founder of One Little Project and author of the book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids. I love creating fun and easy crafts and cooking up delicious recipes for my husband and 3 kids.

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Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees made with Sticker Rhinestones

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You know those packs of coloured popsicle sticks that you can buy in the craft section at the dollar store? I keep buying them. And I’ll be honest. I have NO idea what crafts I’m supposed to do with them!? I’m a pretty crafty person, but those usually leave me pretty stumped. When my kids are looking for a craft, I usually give them a few coloured popsicle sticks, pass them a bottle of glue, some pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes and see what they come up with. lol We get some VERY strange looking cats and a whole lot of magic wands!

But you know what those coloured popsicle sticks are absolutely amazing for? Like over-the-top-pretty and makes-me-want-to-make-them-in-every-colour awesome? (Did you like my grammar there?) Making tree shaped Christmas ornaments! You would think I could come up with a different idea after making popsicle stick Christmas trees last year, but I found a different way to make them, and I’m pretty excited about it. These new ones look amazing! Maybe even better than last year’s?

I’m a sucker for bright colours. And rhinestones. I mean come on, who doesn’t love rhinestones!? (Even if you have no idea what to do with them but can’t resist buying a package of those sparkling gems just because they’re… well… just so pretty!)

When my 6 year old saw the pack of sparkly dollar store sticker rhinestones, no word of a lie, she enthusiastically said “Ooooo! Sparkly!!” You could just tell that on the inside she was basking in the beauty of the untouched package of 500 perfectly lined up sparkling sticker rhinestones. Or maybe that was me?

Don’t let the idea of cutting the popsicle sticks scare you off. It’s really not that hard. The kids won’t be able to do it themselves, but once you figure out how to score them and get them to snap, they come together really quickly!

Check out our video for how to make Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees:

 

Feeling inspired to make even more ornaments? Here are a few of our favourites:

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Pinecone Snowmen Ornaments

Easy Pipe Cleaner Wreath Ornaments

Clothespin Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

 

Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coloured popsicle sticks
  • Foam sticker stars
  • Sticker rhinestones
  • Twine
  • Glue gun
  • Utility knife

I bought the rhinestones and the popsicle sticks from the dollar store. I splurged a little on the sparkly foam sticker stars and bought them at the craft store. But if you’re feeling frugal you can just cut stars out of yellow sparkly paper like I did on last years popsicle stick Christmas trees.

You’re going to want 5 different sizes of popsicle stick pieces cut to 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, and 3″ lengths.

To cut the popsicle sticks, use a utility knife (I used my craft knife. I can’t find the exact one on Amazon, but it’s similar to these ones) and score the popsicle sticks on both the front and back. I say “score” but really I mean give it a good cut into the wood as hard as you can a couple times. You probably won’t make it all the way through, but that’s okay.

You have to make sure you score it on both sides of the popsicle stick or it won’t snap evenly.

Then after you’ve done that, it just breaks apart really easily when you bend it. I was surprised how clean of a break it was. No jagged edges or anything.

Using a scrap piece of popsicle stick, maybe about 1/2″ long, add a generous glob of hot glue and sandwich a small piece of twine between the purple popsicle stick “trunk” and the small scrap. You can see the scrap piece better in the next photo.

Evenly space out all of your popsicle stick pieces on the purple popsicle stick then use a glue gun to attach them to the “trunk”.

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for. Go crazy with those glittery sticker rhinestones and decorate your popsicle stick Christmas tree!

I used sparkly foam sticker stars for the stars on the trees, but since the star was bigger than the top of the tree I decided to glue it to the top rather than peeling off the sticker backing. I didn’t want to have a big area of stickiness that wasn’t attached to anything.

Aren’t they pretty?!

I made them with pom poms too. (I just used the glue gun to glue to attach the pom poms).

But I just love how they look with the rhinestones. You can’t go wrong with having a bit of extra sparkle at Christmas time!

All the glittery goodness makes me smile. And my kids love them. Theirs are COVERED in rhinestones. haha

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Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

These popsicle stick Christmas trees are SO EASY to make and they’re so beautiful!

  • 3 Green Popsicle Sticks
  • 1 Purple Popsicle Stick
  • 4 " of Twine
  • Sticker Rhinestones
  • Glittery Foam Star Stickers
  • Hot Glue
  • Cut the green popsicle sticks into 6 pieces in 1/2", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2" and 3" lengths.

  • To cut the popsicle sticks, firmly cut into the popsicle stick on both sides of the popsicle stick a few times. Then bend it and it should cleanly snap apart where you scored it.

  • Add a generous glob of hot glue on the end of the purple popsicle stick, place both ends of the twine on top of the glue, then sandwich the 1/2" piece of green popsicle stick on top to hold the twine hanger in place.

  • Line up the remaining 5 green popsicle stick pieces evenly on the purple popsicle stick and glue them in place with hot glue.

  • Use hot glue to attach the sparkly foam sticker star.

  • Decorate your tree with the glittery rhinestones!

These popsicle stick Christmas trees are SO EASY to make and they’re so beautiful! The kids will need your help with cutting the popsicle sticks, but other than that they should be able to do the rest themselves. I’m pretty sure they’ll love decorating their little trees with the rhinestones!

For even more holiday ornament ideas be sure to check these out!

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Pinecone Snowmen Ornaments

Easy Pipe Cleaner Wreath Ornaments

Clothespin Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

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We are approaching the middle of autumn, which means winter is just around the corner. And it's time to start preparing for the New Year holidays: think over New Year's gifts for relatives and friends, fantasize about the festive decoration of the house, etc.

The news portal "Vtemu.by" also decided to start preparations in advance. And let it seem to many that it is still too early, but believe me, the time will fly by so quickly that you will not have time to look back when you find yourself at the festive table.

And in this article we want to share with you original ideas and master classes for making Christmas toys from wooden ice cream sticks. With ready-made homemade decorations, you can decorate not only your New Year's beautiful Christmas tree, but also give it as a souvenir complete with the main New Year's gift.

Do-it-yourself Christmas toy Sleigh

DIY Christmas toy Sleigh

Sleigh made of ice cream sticks

And the first Christmas decoration made of wooden ice cream sticks is a sledge! This handmade Christmas decoration surprises with its simplicity and sophistication.

For this craft, you will need 5 wooden ice cream sticks of the same size and 2 more longer ones.

5 wooden sticks will need to be painted in one color (in our case it was white and red), and 2 more sticks will be painted brown.

Using a glue gun, connect 4 wooden sticks together, the outer ones of which should be slightly lower than the central ones (see photo).

Now glue two long brown sticks around the edges.

And at the end we attach the last colored stick horizontally.

We decorate the sleigh with ringing bells and sprigs of artificial spruce. We fasten the loop for which we will hang the toy on the Christmas tree.

DIY Christmas decorations from ice cream sticks

If you do not have a large number of wooden ice cream sticks, but you really want to make a New Year's toy, then you can use this idea.

Decorate a wooden stick with the most common felt-tip pens, thus creating any character. It can be Santa Claus, a snowman, a penguin, a bear cub, a deer, etc. And then attach additional details, for example, felt hats and scarves, buttons, patchwork bows, etc.

DIY Christmas decorations from ice cream sticks

A simple option for making Christmas tree decorations from ice cream sticks can be considered those that you can see in the photo.

To make them, you simply need to glue sticks of the same size together to make a plank, and then, using the appliqué technique, glue eyes, nose, ears made of other materials to it.

In this way you can make a Christmas toy for a cat, a fox, a dog, a bear, a penguin, birds, etc.

New Year's Christmas tree from ice cream sticks

Such beautiful home -made Christmas toys can be made in a matter of minutes using only 3 wooden ice cream sticks, a small piece of decorative cardboard , and a strip of tinsel.

Paint the sticks the color you want.

Glue the popsicle sticks together to form an even triangle.

Cut out a star and a Christmas tree stem (small square) from thick cardboard.

Decorate your Christmas decoration with tinsel, ribbons, beads or rhinestones.

New Year's toys in the form of a Christmas tree may have a different look. It all depends on how many wooden popsicle sticks you have.

DIY Christmas toy Snowflake made from ice cream sticks

And of course, what is winter without beautiful snowflakes. We invite you to dream up a little and decorate your Christmas tree with these fabulous New Year's toys made from the most ordinary ice cream sticks.

Glue sticks together to create outlandish patterns and weaves.

Finished wooden snowflakes can be decorated with beads, colorful buttons, stickers, glitter, etc.

Crafts for the New Year in kindergarten

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I suggest you enjoy your favorite cool sweets to the fullest, and make bright New Year decorations for the Christmas tree out of sticks from them.

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Dear friend, You, of course, love ice cream very much and are looking forward to visiting the New Year's fairy tale. So why don't you and I combine business with pleasure? I suggest you enjoy your favorite cool sweets to your heart's content, and use sticks from them to make bright New Year decorations for the Christmas tree .

So, to make cute Christmas toys You will need:

ice cream sticks, colored paper, paints, markers, clear nail polish, glue, scissors; scraps of fabric, ribbons, cones, buttons, twigs, beads and other little things that are at hand.

It's very easy to make interesting Christmas crafts from ice cream sticks. More fantasy, a little imagination and - voila - the toys are ready!


To make these cute snowmen , paint the sticks with white paints, draw eyes and mouths, glue a “carrot” out of orange paper. Now make them felt hats, tie snowmen with scarf ribbons and tie panicles with a rope.

By the same principle, make Santa Claus and reindeer .

Christmas angels will decorate your Christmas tree with joy, if you find suitable wooden beads for the head (larger and smaller), thread a ribbon through them and glue them to ice cream sticks decorated in delicate white and pastel colors. And do not forget to glue neat snow-white wings on the back.

To make such a delicate snowflake , glue the ice cream sticks crosswise and glue white or multi-colored buttons on them. You can decorate them with shiny beads and glue a small pom-pom in the middle.

a tiny Christmas tree made of ice cream sticks will serve as an excellent decoration for the Christmas tree. You can decorate it with small glass pebbles, interesting wrapping paper cutouts, buttons, etc.


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