We didn't buy a Christmas tree for this year. As much as I want Christmas to be a family tradition for the children, I have to let it pass this year because we are moving house soon. So yesterday Kah Yen and I sat down together and made a paper Christmas tree ourselves.
It is a very small Christmas tree and very easy to make. Just cut out the different shapes, color them and glue them together. I cut mine from an A4 paper template, but there is really no need to use a template since the shapes are all basic shapes. They can be cut out from normal B&W paper, or color paper, or cupboard or even giant form. And you can make it any size you want depends on the materials you have.
For the tree trunk I cut a long piece of rectangle shape from a tissue box, it is more sturdy and easier to hold.
I printed my template from DLTK - Growing up together, thanks to the internet even people like me who had never made art & craft before can now enjoy simple crafts like this with my 2-year old. There are alternate decorating ideas for this Christmas tree too. For example, you can print on form or cupboard for a more permanent tree, you can poke a hole in the top to make a Christmas tree ornament.
We had a wonderful time making this together. And throughout the process we reviewed our colors, shapes and sizes. Kah Yen was very proud of her creation. For the rest of the day she kept asking me "Where is my Christmas tree? Where is my Christmas tree?" :-)