Earlier this year we used did an Easter tissue paper painting activity. The one difficulty with using tissue paper to paint with is that not all tissue paper bleeds its colour out. I was thinking of how to get around this problem for this paper plate Christmas tree craft. Then I remembered – crepe paper! That stuff will lose its entire colour the moment it gets a drop of water on it.

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To make your own paper plate Christmas tree you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Crepe paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Tape/stapler
  • Glue
  • Sequins

Cut your crepe paper up into squares.

paper plate christmas trees

Place some of the paper onto the back of the plate and gentle brush over it with some water. Leave the paper on the plate. The longer it is there, the more the colour will bleed out.

paper plate christmas trees

Continue doing this until the whole plate is covered.

Carefully peel away the crepe paper from the paper plate Christmas tree. Be warned, you will probably end up with very dyed fingers. My fingertips were red and green for a day, very festive.

Let the plate dry for a bit. When it is completely dry, cut a slit from one side to the middle. Next roll the plate into a cone shape and tape it into place. My tape wasn’t strong enough to hold it; in the end I stapled it together.

Finally add some decorations. BB decided all he wanted to add was a star at the top.

If you enjoyed this paper plate Christmas tree be sure to check out my potato printing baubles, candy cane science experiment, and paper plate snow globes.

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Use crepe paper to create paper plate Christmas trees in this preschooler activity.