Peppermint Tissue Trees Holiday Family Craft

Growing up, one of my favorite events to visit was the Festival of Trees in Dearborn, benefiting Children's Hospital of Michigan. I loved the rows and rows of colorful Christmas trees all decorated with a different theme. As I was at the craft supply store a few weeks back, I found some papier-mache cones – and my mind immediately thought of those Christmas trees. A red-and-pink color scheme makes these scaled-down peppermint trees worthy of any holiday home decorating with a decidedly modern twist. Have kids choose any tissue-paper colors they like!

Materials

  • Papier mache cones (various sizes)
  • Acrylic craft paint (red)
  • Foam brush
  • Tissue paper
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

1. Start out by painting your cones red and setting them aside to dry. To assist in painting, put the cone on one hand and paint with the other!
2. As you wait for the cones to dry, you can prep your tissue paper. Start out by cutting long 1" strips of tissue (several sheets at a time) and then sub-cutting them into 1" squares. You'll need quite a few to make the tissue paper base, so make a big batch of them all at once.
3. Once you have a good stack of squares and the cones have dried, you can start to apply the tissue to the cone. Take two squares and wrap them around the eraser end of your pencil to mold the crinkled shape.
4. Next, remove the tissue from the eraser and dip into your glue with your index finger. You don't need a lot of glue to adhere the tissue to the cone.

5. Apply to the bottom of the cone and work the entire way around.

6. Let dry for several hours.

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