Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 8th 2013 Contents THE CHRISTMAS Tree for me is symbolic of
warmth, love, life, light, togetherness sharing,
and most of all, the vibrancy of our children.
Our home revolves around the tree every
Christmas. We do not go the traditional route
of decorating a high- end tree with glamorous
colour co-ordinated ornaments. Instead,
we hand over the reins to our children and
have them make some of the decorations
themselves, under our supervision of course!
Yes, sounds crazy to many, but we believe
that our tree should not be a tower of rigid
glow and smiles of our kids. Here are some
fun, child-friendly tree-decorating themes
that you can try this year with your kids.
Guide them to do it themselves, ultimately
sparking their creativity and imagination.
Quick Tip: When decorating, always have a
glue gun handy in your house. It is a must
have! Also, pipe cleaners make really great
hanging loops to attach to your ornaments.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT TREE
all sorts, from paper snowmen, to hand-
print reindeer, to hand-painted wooden
gingerbread men, to personalised ceramic
ornaments, felt animal cut-outs, and more.
If your children have done Christmas craft in
school, this tree is a great way to showcase
their work. Also old Christmas gift tags and
Christmas cards can be shaped and hung!
There is no colour scheme for this tree, just
a vast variety of colours for the decorations.
and use this to string the ribbon to tie to
From lollipops, to candy canes, anything
goes for this sweet theme! Kids will love
hanging these candy ornaments on your
tree! You can purchase real candy canes and
hang on the tree. Kids can make peppermint
garlands to drape around the tree. Really
simple! Using a glue gun, glue the ends of
the peppermint wrappers to each other and
that's all there is to it!
You can order many candy ornaments
online prior to Christmas, check our local
craft stores or make them yourselves with
the children. Handmade giant lollipops
are great to stick onto the tree. These are
really easy to make from Styrofoam circles,
wooden dowels, cellophane paper, glue and
ribbon. They give the tree great depth and
add fullness to the look of the decorations.
Other great candy theme ornaments are,
gingerbread men, gingerbread houses,
cupcakes, sweetie paper rolls and chocolate
green and white striped bows placed around
HOW TO MAKE SWEETIE PAPER ROLLS:
Get empty toilet paper rolls, wrap in your
favourite Christmas wrapping paper, leaving
excess paper on either side. Bunch the
excess paper on both sides and tie with
shiny ribbon. Stick into tree or hang from
tree. Resembles little sweets in wrappers!
PHOTO MEMORIES CHRISTMAS TREE
I really love this theme; so sentimental! Get
foam sheets of any colours you like. Cut
them into equal size 5" x 7" squares. Print
4" x 6"-size family photos or any meaningful
pictures of your choice on glossy paper or
board paper. Stick photos evenly on the
centre of the foam squares using a glue
gun or a strong adhesive glue. The foam
such as ovals and stars. Punch holes at the
top of the foam frame, stick a small bow
on the corner or bottom centre of frame,
string ribbon or pipe cleaners through the
hole at top and tie to tree. This tree is a
great conversation piece and I found myself
staring at it for long periods as the picture
ornaments sat snuggly between the lights
of the tree. The pictures almost seemed to
come alive as they were illuminated. This is a
very special, heartfelt, tree. You can also add
a few decorative touches of crafty poinsettia
silver or gold in between.
TOY THEMED CHRISTMAS TREE
I absolutely adore this theme. This tree is
toys, wooden toys, paper toys, and more.
and other characters can be bought at any
variety store. Wooden toy ornaments, such
as toy soldiers, can be purchased from a
craft store or online. Your kids can make
paper toys, such as Christmas paper planes
and paper dolls, themselves! Another great
idea is using Lego blocks to make little
houses, stars or other shapes to hang on
the tree. Using a glue gun, glue ribbon to
the top of the Lego toys and loop around the
tree branches. The garland for this tree can
be made of paper dolls. Just get a template
online, print and cut, and you will have an
easy garland that the kids will love to drape!
This tree is a showcase of colour. Your kids
will really enjoy decorating this tree!
I like to use white lights for these types of
trees as I feel that the intricate ornaments
and colourful decorations pop more amidst
the white/clear lights. The coloured lights can
also be used, adds more colour to the tree
and kids always seem to love the coloured
lights. Regardless of the colour, once your
lights are evenly draped, you will capture
and the illumination of the decorations. So
Suzette Camacho is the founder of Trini
Moms (www.trini-moms.com), the first
parenting network in Trinidad and Tobago.
COTTON BALL SNOWMEN
1. Cut a snowman shape out of Bristol
board: small for the head, larger for the
torso and larger for the rest of the body.
2. Stick brown or black paper dots or
adhesive eyes to the face and an orange
paper carrot for the nose. Also make
simple buttons from Bristol board (draw,
cut and colour). Stick buttons to the body.
3. Get white cotton balls, and glue to each
circle covering the areas around the eyes,
nose and buttons
patterned paper for a scarf and stick on
5. Get a ribbon or pipe cleaner and hang
from the hole at the top.
1. Get brown construction paper, or brown
2. Trace your child's hand on the paper
3. Cut out hand outline
4. Flip hand shape upside down; use thumb
adhesive googly eye to top of thumb, red
sequin for nose at the tip of thumb, punch a
hole above the eye and using a pipe cleaner
insert through hole, and shape into a simple
tusk for reindeer.
brighten the shape, heart or star, for example.
6. Punch hole at the top centre of the body,
By Suzette Camacho
WOW MAGAZINE | 15
December 8, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
| PARENTING |
Links Archive December 7th 2013 December 9th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page