A Christmas craft for kids: Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree

Chenille stems + kids = a fun and easy Christmas craft that kids can make. The kids will have a blast shaping wired and fuzzy chenille stems into coils, and then decorating their very own tree with the coils. Patty Schaffer made her Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree in traditional green and red, but let kids pick their favorite colors. There’s nothing wrong with a pink and sparkly Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree, is there?

A fun Christmas tree craft for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone
  • Chenille stems: 50 moss green; five red; five white
  • Gold star tree topper
  • Glue dots or low-temp glue gun*
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

*Note: An adult should always handle a glue gun. If you’re working with children, use glue dots.   

To make a Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree:

DIY Christmas craft for kids -- a Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll cover the foam cone with chenille swirl stems in two sizes and several colors.

1. Wind 35 green, chenille stem into swirls.

2. Starting around the bottom of the cone, glue the swirls to the cone. Adhere the swirls with low-temp glue or glue dots.

3. Cut into fourths the remaining green chenille stems, and wind them into smaller swirls. Glue to the cone, filling in blank spots between the larger swirls.

4. Cut into fourths the red and white chenille stems, and roll the pieces into swirls. Arrange around the tree and glue in place.

5. Glue a gold star to the top of the tree.

A fun Christmas craft for kids -- make a Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What color of chenille stems would your kid choose?

Here are two more Christmas trees that kids can make. You’ll have a little forest of handmade trees before you know it!

Drinking Straw Christmas Tree 

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.

Pasta Christmas Tree Cone

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

Have you been following the Festival of Trees this week? Then be sure to leave a comment today as another entry in our giveaway. You just might win a $50 craft store gift card or a collection of craft books and magazines! You can read all about the giveaway at the beginning of the Festival of Trees.

**Please note: the giveaway is closed.**

Beautiful, Christmas tree crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

We’ll wrap up the Festival tomorrow. See you then!

Happy crafting.


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23 Responses to A Christmas craft for kids: Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree

  1. Pingback: Christmas Chenille Stick Tree – Lesson Plans

  2. CraftyB says:

    I have a niece that would love making that tree with fuzzy chenille stems! So festive!!

  3. Angie says:

    Chenille Christmas Tree interesting! This is creative and adults as well as children could assist in creating this craft!
    My thinking was way off target. I was thinking of the Chenille bedspreads with the patterned bumps from when I was a small child. That’s what I had pictured in my mind.

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, the wheels are turning — you could use vintage (and bumpy) chenille spreads to make trees. Wouldn’t that be pretty? Depending on the colors, they could be year-round trees, too. Thanks! Sharon

  4. Nancy D says:

    Love that chenille tree. This is a project I would love to make with my grand daughter. I think she would have a lot of fun. And so would I 🙂

  5. Pamela says:

    I don’t know how you come up with these ideas day after day.
    Love the chenille trees.

    • Sharon says:

      I don’t do it all myself — I have some incredibly talented designers helping out. Kathleen, Rebekah and Patty all helped out with the Festival of Trees this year! I’m glad you enjoyed them. Sharon

  6. D Keels says:

    Today’s versions….oh my!! The chenille tree is quite cute and cozy. The drinking straw and pasta trees are memorable DIY projects at the highest level of expansive innovation.

  7. Totally cool and not prone to fall apart during storage.

  8. My granddaughter will love the Chenille tree! I am going to prep over the weekend and when she gets here next week we are going to do this!!! Thanks for the great idea!!!

  9. Angie F says:

    This one reminds me of the Grinch, so fun!

  10. LisaM6 says:

    Sprial is right. Those are so cute. Love the use of pompoms for the ornaments. Great ideas. Drinking straws and pasta wonderful ideas too. Getting the old brain a thinking. 🙂
    Thanks! Have a great weekend!

  11. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    My kids will love this one! Might be a fun craft for their holiday parties at school too!

  12. annehaun says:

    More great ideas – I am really enjoying your Christmas tree series!

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