A toddler proof Christmas tree

With the ice outside and living on a bit of a hill I did not feel much like venturing outside today.  Instead the girls and I started to make some Christmas decorations.  The first item on our list came as a request from my 2 year old.  When I asked her what she wanted to do she replied 'make a snowman' bit tricky without snow but I came up with a plan.

I took two balloons and tied them together, after blowing them up.  We then proceeded to paper mache the two balloons.  To make the paste I simply put child friendly glue into warm water and mixed together.  Once the balloons were completely covered, I tied string around them to hold the two together, as if to create two snowballs.  We then covered the balloons and string in paper and left to dry.

paper mache snowman

The snowman is currently drying and tomorrow we will finish him, by painting and making his hat and scarf.  I am not worried about the join between the two balloons as this will be hidden behind his scarf.  I would say that it is easier to coat the balloon in paste and stick the paper to the balloon than to get the paper wet and stick to balloon.  My daughter really enjoyed the sticky feel of the paper mache and had fun making a snowman.  I shall up date you on the progress.

Our next item for today was the Christmas tree.  I have a very active 2 year old and a 7 month old that since working out how to crawl is into everything and opens everything.  The girls are very lucky to have a 'play room' and I wanted a Christmas tree to go in it for them.  So we set about making a toddler proof Christmas tree.

making a tree

My daughter loves hand and foot painting so we used her hands to make the tree shape and her foot for the trunk of the tree.  The tree starts with one hand print at the top and then each subsequent line has an extra hand print.  I painted a star on the top of tree and my daughter then began sticking some pom poms on it for baubles.  She even stuck some glitter on to look like tinsel.  

My youngest not wanting to miss out the fun also joined in and made her very own tree, which my eldest kindly decorated for her.

toddler proof Christmas tree

The trees are now hung up on the walls in the play room, meaning I can finally say I have put the tree up.  Slightly better than this is the fact I now have a toddler proof Christmas tree for the girls to enjoy and we had a lot of fun making them.

This day I love a toddler proof Christmas tree.

“This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Experience DaysChristmas Craft Competition” 


12 Comments

  1. I love the snowman, what a brilliant idea! Think I will be stealing that for my own two :)

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    1. If you do post me a pic would love to know how you get on

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  2. love the snowman! i might have ago with this :-)

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    1. Please let me know if you do, be great to see how they all turn out

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  3. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Char

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    1. Thank you, will let you know how it goes when the snowman is finished

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  4. I love crafty days! They are even nicer when you know that it's freezing outside! Looks like lots of fun. x

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    1. Thanks, im looking forward to finishing the snowman. We love having crafty days

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  5. Brilliant! That looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. It was so much fun and every time she walks in the room she says that's my Christmas tree

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  6. The trees look beautiful and will be wonderful to look at in years to come, to remember how little their gorgeous hands were :-)

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    1. Thank you, I can't believe how much they have grown already. Next year I will really see a change

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