Easy Christmas Crafts For Kids To Make:
Beewax Pine Cone Christmas Trees
Project 4 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.
I LOVE rainbows. I once read somewhere about two types of mothers, and one was called the ‘Creative Rainbow’ mother. I claimed the title instantly. So when it comes to Christmas decorating, I definitely need a rainbow or two, and what better way than to add rainbow baubles of beeswax to a pine cone tree?
This craft is SO easy, and can be done in 10 minutes flat. But why not encourage your little children to help you make it? Rolling beeswax balls is so good for little fingers (brain development and fine motor co-ordination… oh, the teacher in me is out. Sorry!) and it is plenty of fun too. Ned had a tonne of fun choosing which colour to roll today- so much so that I came back to the table after changing Jack and Ned had rolled my yellow star into balls too! Oops. But easily fixed.
Coloured beeswax can be found online. It comes in small individually wrapped bars. Rainbow Tree (a company named after my own heart) stocks Stockmar Modelling Beeswax bars in 14 colours for $3 each. (Good value.) For this project, you’ll only need a smidgeon but in early 2014, I’ll be releasing an e-book with 52 simple and sweet beeswax crafts you can do, so if you do make the investment, you’ll have heaps of inspiration of what you can do with it with your children soon.
Make a rainbow tree:
1. For this craft, you’ll need a pine cone. Sand off the base using a piece of rough-gauge sandpaper until it sits flat on the table.
2. From each colour of beeswax, gently tear off a piece big enough to make into a ball about 0.5 cm in diameter.
3. I suggest rolling at least 12 of each colour.
4. Starting at the bottom, work your way around the pine cone leaves in a clockwise direction, gently pushing a beewax ball onto the tip of a pine cone leaf.
5. Fill in any gaps with your choice of beeswax ball.
6. Go around and around until you reach almost to the top.
7. Take a small piece of yellow beeswax and flatten it into a circle.
8. Pull on the circle in five directions to make the star.
9. Pop the star on top, and away you go… Tip: Be sure to keep this in a cool spot. Not near a window or direct sunlight or the beeswax will begin to sag and melt.
Wouldn’t this look juicy on your Christmas nature table display?