Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Tree Shirt
Make sure your white sweatshirt is clean, toasty and warm.
Make sure your white sweatshirt is clean, toasty and warm.

Ever wonder how the talented individuals at the Christmas shirt shop create those cute sweatshirts covered in Christmas trees, or sparkling snowflakes? Well, you can stop wondering -- the steps below will show you how it's done. Continue reading to learn how to make a Christmas Tree Shirt.

Note: Adult help is needed.

What You'll Need:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Christmas Tree Stencil
  • Felt: 6x8 inches green, brown scraps
  • 21-inch length flat white lace, 1/2 inch wide
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Faux gems: 16 assorted, 1 star
  • Repositionable glue
  • Paintbrush
  • White sweatshirt

Step 1: Using the stencil in the back of the book, trace and cut out the tree from the green felt. Cut a small tree trunk out of the brown felt.

This stencil will help to create the perfect Christmas tree.

Step 2: For the tree garland, use the glue gun to attach one end of the lace to the top left of the tree. Drape the lace back and forth across the tree, folding over and gluing the lace each time it changes direction.

It may take some fancy hand work to arrange the tree garland, so take your time.

When needed, add a spot of glue to any curves to keep the lace flat against the felt. Use the glue gun to randomly attach the gems to the tree. Glue the star gem at the top. Glue the edge of the trunk under the bottom center of the tree so the tree overlaps the trunk about 1/2 inch.

You must allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before moving to the finale.

Step 3: Turn the tree over and apply 2 or 3 coats of the repositionable glue according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let the glue dry for 24 hours, then attach the tree to the front of the sweatshirt. Remove the tree before washing.

Your Christmas tree shirt is ready to wear!

Try This!

Don't want a Christmas tree shirt? No problem! Just make a different shape out of felt and follow the instructions above to attach it to your sweatshirt.

Ready to make a new friend? Continue to the next section to learn how to make a snow buddy.

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