A Christmas craft for kids: Drinking Straw Christmas Tree

I saved the best for last during this week’s Festival of Trees. Today is a hands-on Christmas tree the kids can make with drinking straws and a cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. How fun is that? I’m also linking up a few more Christmas crafts for kids. Maybe there’s something here for you, too. After all, isn’t everyone a kid at Christmas?

Cute idea for the kids. Saving this one for later! All you need are plastic straws and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com

Drinking Straw Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

To make a Drinking Straw Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 4” cone (or other size)
  • Plastic drinking straws, 20 – 25
    • There are a few options here:
      • If you’re not painting your tree, look for straws with colorful stripes.
      • If you like, choose straws that flex and use this portion to decorate the top.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold, or other favorite color
  • Tools needed: Child-friendly scissors; disposable palette for glue and paint, such as a piece of wax paper or paper plate; optional: stiff bristle paintbrush

To make a Drinking Straw Christmas Tree:

1. If you’re painting your tree, paint the cone and set aside to dry.

Cute Christmas craft for kids, and it's a cheap & easy one, too. Drinking Straw Christmas Tree on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you don’t want the mess of paint, no problem. Look for straws that are already striped or colorful.

2. Cut the straws into 1 ½” pieces. If you’re using flexible straws, save three lengths with elbows for the top of the three. Do not use the flexible portions for making the “branches” of the tree.

3. Pour a small amount of glue onto wax paper, cardboard or other disposable surface.

4. Dip the end of each straw into the glue and insert straight into the cone. Starting at the bottom, arrange the straws in a row all around the cone. Continue, adding row after row, to fill in the tree. When finished, fill in any empty areas. Let the glue dry.

5. Trim the straws so that your tree has a tapered shape, like a pine tree.

5. Optional: Insert the three pieces with flexible elbows into the top of the tree.

6. Optional: Squeeze paint onto your disposable palette and paint the straw “branches.” Let dry.

While you have out your supplies, check out these Top 10 Ornaments for Kids. There’s even one made with drinking straws!

 You'll be glad you saved this one! Really cute collection of Christmas ornament tutorials for easy crafts the kids can really make. Supplies are cheap & easy to find, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Earlier this year, I featured another Christmas tree for kids – a Pasta Christmas Tree.

The kids will love this Christmas craft made with pasta! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek at Christmas crafts on tap for CraftsnCoffee!

Coming next week!

Thank you so much for stopping in on a Saturday. Since you’re here, I’ll share a sneak peek of what’s up for next week. I’ll have lots of little pretties starting for you on Monday, so I’ll see you then.

Enjoy your weekend, and happy crafting.


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3 Responses to A Christmas craft for kids: Drinking Straw Christmas Tree

  1. Pingback: Link Round-up: Nutella Hot Chocolate, Toys for Babies, a DIY Gift Idea, and More | Modern Baby

  2. Dianna says:

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