I came up this activity while wandering aimlessly up and down the aisle at Dollar Tree, a favorite pasttime of mine. I was on the aisle with the silk plants, and frames, etc. I found a pile of these metal vases upside down, and my brain began to work… I said to myself, “Self, that could be a Christmas Tree, so I bought a couple and brought them home. Originally I just intented to paint and decorate them by hot gluing on Christmas-sy stuff. Then I started talking to myself again, as I am likely to do you see. And I realized this wasnt my project, it was a perfect two in one for kids. First they get to paint, a favorite activity for most kiddos. Then they get to play with it too. This is a fantastic fine motor activity, it can be used for pattering, color matching, hand eye coordination, counting with one to one correspondance, etc. And they can use it over and over through the holiday, put the vase upright and the parts store inside.
Christmas Tree Craft For Fine Motor Activity
acrylic craft paint or you can use spray paint
glue gun and sticks
Scuff the entire outside of your tin vase with sandpaper. Wipe away dust with a damp cloth, airdry.
Paint the entire outside of vase including the top. Allow to dry and repeat 1-2 times until well covered. You can also use spray paint to cover it.
Allow to completely dry overnight.
To make the decorations, I purchased a roll of magnet tape. I cut off small pieces almost as wide as my pinkie, and hot glued them to assorted pom poms. The tape does have a sticky backing but for applying and reapplying the pom pom material does not stay stuck well. Other small christmas tree decorations like tiny presents or plastic balls that Dollar Tree carries would also be great. In the interest of keeping this inexpensive I used what we already had on hand in our art supplies- pom poms. This project only cost me the $1.00 for the vase.
These glitter pompoms would be so pretty to use
I also cut a star from foam and mounted a piece of magnet to the back of it, and you can also include a piece of string or yard for them to loop as garland. Just set the items out and it creates a perfect invitation to play.