During the holidays my little elves are usually hard at work helping me make Christmas crafts to decorate the house. These crafts make the cutest keepsakes that I store away and bring back out again year after year. Not only that, but homemade crafts are such a frugal way to decorate for the holidays.
These Christmas Tree Paint Stamps may just be the easiest craft I’ve done with the little ones. The foam brushes used in this project are inexpensive and cost anywhere from .79¢ to $1.15, depending on the size. I found mine at Lowes, but you can find them at any home improvement or hardware store. Their wooden handles give little hands something to easily grip without getting covered in paint, making this an ideal craft for toddlers.
How to Make Christmas Tree Paint Stamps
- Foam paint brushes in varying sizes
- Craft paint
- For a Christmas tree with levels of branches: Begin at a bottom corner of the brush and cut a 45-degree angle or smaller. Repeat on both ends until you’ve reached the top of the brush, finishing with a point at the top.
- For a uniform triangular tree: Begin at the top of the brush. Cut from the middle to one bottom corner. Repeat again from the middle to the opposing corner until you’ve created a triangle. *Note: The basic black synthetic foam brushes I used had thin plastic piece inside of them to keep them from being too flimsy. You will need to cut into this plastic piece as well when cutting your design.
- Squeeze paint onto a tray and have your little ones dab the stamps until the trees are completely covered on one side.
- Stamp away!
- If you would like to save your stamps for next year, just rinse them under warm water and air dry.
I had my kids use some green paint I had and picked up a small bag of sequins for them to embellish their trees. They loved stamping away and seeing how each tree turned out once slathered in paint. Out of town grandparents always get a kick out of seeing the kids' artwork, too. The adorable prints the they created with these stamps just might just be surprising them in the mail. These stamps would also be perfect for making gift tags or to cover plain paper for an easy homemade gift wrap.