‘Tis the season to get crafty! As the jingle bells start to ring and the festive cheer fills the air, what better way to involve your little ones in the holiday spirit than with delightful Christmas tree crafts? Perfect for tiny hands and curious minds, these craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers are not just fun activities, but also fantastic opportunities to foster creativity, fine motor skills, and the joy of the holiday season.
Christmas Tree Crafts
From the sparkle of glitter to the warmth of homemade decorations, our curated list of the best Christmas tree crafts is designed to bring families together for memorable moments of making and decorating. Whether you’re looking for classroom activities or cozy afternoon projects at home, these crafts are sure to light up your little ones’ faces like the star on top of the Christmas tree. So, gather your glitter, paper, and glue, and let’s dive into a world of festive creativity!
Below you’ll find a mixture of different types of crafts, from easy Christmas Tree Crafts to pipe cleaner, paper plate, painting and art as well as handprint and paper crafts!
Easy Christmas Tree Crafts
These are quick and easy crafts that your little ones can do.
Pinecone Christmas Tree
This simple pinecone Christmas tree craft is easy and simple for your toddlers and preschoolers, just some paint, glue and pompoms and you have a cute little tree that you can use as a decoration.
Salt Dough Christmas Trees
Using our favourite homemade clay – Salt Dough (check out our best salt dough recipe) you can create these cute little Salt Dough Finger Print Christmas Trees with your little ones. They make a great keepsake for many years to come.
Felt Christmas Trees
Using a cookie cutter, some felt, glue and decorations your little ones can create a some simple hanging decorations for the tree with these Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Simple Yarn Christmas Tree
Easy and simple this Yarn Christmas Tree would be a quick craft for your little ones to do and if you didn’t want them near the scissors prepare the yarn before hand.
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Cardboard Tube Christmas Tree
Another favourite craft material of ours this Cardboard Tree Christmas Tree is great I love how simple but different it is.
Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
If ever there was a simple way to create a Christmas tree this would be it! These cupcake liner Christmas Trees are easy and simple to make so if you are looking for a quick Christmas craft to do then these are one for you to have a go at.
Christmas Tree Photo Keepsake
I’ve always loved making little keepsakes with our kids at Christmas time, it’s the perfect way to remember how little they once were and this Christmas Tree Photo Keepsake is so cute.
Paper Strips Christmas Trees
Another easy craft for kids – these Paper Strips Christmas Trees are simple and fun to make, use up your scrap paper or even wrapping paper to make them and then let your little ones hang them on the tree.
Christmas Tree Doilies Craft
Similar to the cupcake cake lines but more detailed and pretty in my opinion is this Christmas Tree made from doilies! I love the little detail that has been added which would be a great fine motor activity for your little ones to do.
Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree
Another quick Christmas tree craft for your little ones to do. This one you’ll need a cinnamon stick some buttons and paper and your ready to go. They would be really cute hanging on the tree and smell amazing.
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Paper Plate Christmas Tree Crafts
Easy and simple for little ones to use, paper plates make a great crafting material and there are so many ways that you can use them. Check out these Paper Plate Christmas Tree Crafts below.
Paper Plate Threaded Christmas Tree
A cute little Christmas Tree craft that uses a paper plate but lots of fine motor practice as your preschoolers thread the yarn to create a tree.
Hanging Paper Plate Christmas Tree Swirl
I just love this paper plate Christmas Tree that hangs – if you place it over where there is hot air – a radiator is a great place then as the hot air rises your Christmas tree will swirl around.
3D Paper Plate Christmas Tree
This is such a classic Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to do so I couldn’t miss it off this list a 3D Paper Plate Cone Christmas Tree. Easy and simple your little ones will have fun decoration their trees with what ever you have to hand.
Christmas Tree Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Christmas is a great time to get arty and these Christmas tree art activities are great for your little ones.
Christmas Tree Painting
This is such a cute little art activity for your little ones – it will be a little bit messy but that is half the fun I think! So go ahead and make this fine motor Christmas tree painting with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Christmas Tree Art
This simple Christmas Tree Art activity for toddlers and preschoolers is easy to do, you can use whichever bits and pieces you have to decorate the tree.
Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Art
Another simple Christmas tree art project for your little ones, to create a tissue paper Christmas tree, this even comes with a free template for you to use. The scrunching of the tissue paper is great for little hands to do.
Painted Christmas Tree Art
Complete with a simple template these painted Christmas Trees are great for little ones to express their creativity. Provide them with different colours and see what they make!
Sponge Painted Christmas Tree
I love how this art project combines creativity and learning as your little ones practice their knowledge of shapes! So head on over to this Sponge Painted Christmas Tree and see how you can make art part of mathematics!
Paper Mache Christmas Tree
It’s art, it’s messy but it’s so simple to make at home, this Paper Mache Christmas Tree will look 3D when you have it hanging on the tree! Be aware that this is not a quick art activity drying the paper mache will take a while!
Hand Print Christmas Tree Crafts
What better way to create that with your hands – making handprints these cute crafts for toddlers and preschoolers use hand prints and are just adorable. So here you go our our Christmas Tree Hand Print Crafts.
Hand Print Christmas Pot
This little craft would make the perfect gift for a grandparent – add in some homegrown Narcissus or even a Poinsettia and you have a Christmas Gift that they will love so get the paint and make this Hand Print Christmas Pot Craft.
Family Handprint Christmas Tree
Get everyone in the family involved in this handprint Christmas tree craft, from your littlest member to grandad and you have a wonderful memory of this Christmas that you and your little ones will be able to compare their hands to in the future.
Pipe cleaner Christmas Tree Crafts
Pipe cleaners are a create material for your toddlers and preschoolers to use for crafts, they can be bent into different shapes and are virtually mess free. Just ensure that you have the ends bent so that they don’t scratch themselves. The Christmas Trees are all made out of pipecleaners but very different!
Bead and Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament
A glue free project here so a lot less mess this bead and pipe cleaner Christmas Tree is ideal for your toddlers and preschoolers to practice their threading and fine motor skills.
Popsicle Stick and Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Decoration
This ever so simple Christmas Tree Craft just uses some pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and pompoms to create some really cute decorations.
Standing Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft
This cute little craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make a Christmas Tree that stands up looks fantastic, they can make the trees (or you can in advance if time is short) and then decorate with whatever you have to hand.
3D Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees
Probably one for the older preschoolers with a little help these 3D Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees are a fun and simple craft for little ones to do. I love how colourful they are.
Craft Stick Christmas Tree Crafts
Craft sticks or popsicle sticks make a fantastic craft material for little ones to use. These fun Christmas Tree crafts all use them in different ways.
Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
A classic Christmas craft for little ones that even I remember making as a child. Popsicle stick hanging Christmas Trees are one that has to be made and kept. My kids ones still come out and adorn our tree every year.
Musical Popsicle Christmas Tree
Make music and enjoy a simple craft these musical popsicle Christmas trees are so much fun. You can jingle all day long as you shake them around.
Pom Pom Christmas Tree Ornaments
Have a go making these texture pom pom Christmas Tree Ornaments with your tots. They will have fun adding in the pom poms and decorating their trees. Yes they use popsicles but not on show.
Paper Craft Christmas Trees
Paper shouldn’t be overlooked and these easy Christmas tree crafts for toddlers and preschoolers mainly use just that.
Christmas Tree Paper Bag Puppet
We love these Christmas Tree Puppets – they are fun to make and the kids love playing with them afterwards. They even come with a FREE printable template to make it easier for you to make with little time on your hands.
Paper Cone Christmas Trees
Very similar to the paper plate cones these Paper Cone Christmas tree mean that you can get a little less messy as the paper is already coloured! The trees can then be decorated how you wish!
3D Paper Christmas Tree
Ok, so paper – card they are very similar and this 3D Cardboard Christmas Tree is great for little ones to make. You can decorate it as you wish, but I will do love the little candles that they have made from paper on the tree. That part you may have to make in advance for your little ones to add.
Paper Cone Finger Print Christmas Tree
These finger print Christmas trees use the ready made paper cones that you can find in the store. They are so cute and your little one will love to decorate them with colourful finger prints.
More Christmas Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Looking for even more ideas then check out these other fun crafts for your little ones.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.