Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Tree Magnet Craft

I saw something similar to this project in the Oriental Trading catalog last year, and decided we could make our own and save some money. The kit you can purchase is for making ornaments, but I decided this would make a nice magnet craft instead.

  • 4 craft/popsicle sticks
  • scissors
  • glue
  • green paint
  • brown paint
  • sequins
  • magnet

  1. Cut the ends off of a craft stick (we used the bigger size that look like tongue depressors) so that it is about 4 inches long. You could also use popsicle sticks, but the dimensions will be smaller than listed.
  2. Take a second craft stick and cut the ends off so that it is about 3 inches long.
  3. Cut the ends off of a third craft stick and then cut it into two pieces, one that is about 2 inches long and one that is about 1 1/2 inches long.
  4. Paint the cut sections of craft stick green. We used acrylic paint.
  5. Take a fourth craft stick and paint about an inch of it brown and the rest green. Allow paint to dry completely.
  6. Arrange the four craft stick sections on top of the whole craft stick (smallest on top, largest on bottom) like a Christmas tree. When you have them arranged the way you want, glue the craft sticks down. 
  7. Decorate your tree by gluing on sequins for ornaments. You could also use beads, buttons, pom poms, or similar items. Allow the glue to dry completely before adding your magnet.
  8. Adhere a magnet to the back of your Christmas tree. We used a self-adhesive magnet. Display your Christmas tree magnet or give it as a gift. We use ours to hold artwork on the refrigerator.

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