Try this simple and adorable nature weaving holiday craft for kids of all ages! Pair it with the book Pick a Pine Tree and your snowy afternoon plans are set. This pine tree craft makes for the perfect decoration, handmade gift, or holiday fine motor activity.
Nature weaving might be one of our favorite activities! It strengthens fine motor skills, keeps my kids busy for a while, and the creations always turn out so gorgeous. This fun pine tree variation has become a Christmas tradition for us! My boys make a few every holiday season and decorate our home with their lovely creations.
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About Pick a Pine Tree
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis is an adorable book that takes the reader on the exciting and fun journey of picking out and decorating a pine tree for Christmas. The rhythmic narrative and colorful illustrations pull the reader in and makes this an irresistible holiday book that belongs on every bookshelf. You can see the beautiful illustrations and learn more about it here.
The Pine Tree Craft
1. Decide where you want to get your pine tree branches.
We found some branches laying on the ground outside, but you can gather them from a holiday bouquet or your own Christmas tree! The berries that you see in our project are from a bouquet. Please note that many berries are toxic to people and animals, so make sure your children are old enough to handle them or purchase fake berries.
2. Draw a simple triangle shaped pine tree on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.
3. Cut out little lines on the side of the triangle part of the pine tree. I suggest four to six cuts on each side of the triangle. These will secure the rubber bands in their spot.
4. Slide the rubber bands into the little cuts you made on the triangle. You can crisscross the rubber bands or go straight across. I find mixing it up helps with the weaving process.
4. Place the pieces of nature around the cardboard pine tree. Depending on the age of your child, you might need to model the process of weaving the pine branches in the rubber bands. Once children get the hang of it, they will want to make a bunch of pine trees! Try hanging them on the wall, placing them on a holiday themed shelf, or put them on the Christmas tree! Yes, they also make cute ornaments. How will you use your cute pine tree crafts this holiday or winter season?!