Here at the Educators’ Spin On It, we love books and the activities that accompany them. This easy-to-make Chalkboard Christmas Tree ornament was inspired by the book, “The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever.”
Read to find out how you and your child can make this wood craft (with alternative directions for cardboard too)!
Chalkboard Christmas Tree Ornament
- The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
- Craft Plywood (or cardboard)
- Scroll Sawor Jig Saw ( a scissors if using cardboard)
- Wax Paperor Aluminum Foil
- Chalkboard Paint
- Softip Paintbrush
- Pony Beads, Yarn, or Ribbon
Before beginning to make our chalkboard Christmas Tree Ornament we snuggled on the couch to read The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever. This story is a cute picture book for children ages 4-8 about 2 little mice. They are in search of The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever.
After a few attempts alone, they decide to team up and work together on this quest. When they finally find the biggest one, they call upon their family to help bring it home – in 100 wagons! This tale is entertaining while also emphasizing the importance of working with others.
Directions for Making the Chalkboard Christmas Tree Ornament
1. Give the child a pencil and a piece of wood. Have them draw The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever within the given perimeters Ours was 6 inches tall.
2. The adult will cut the child-drawn tree out with the saw or scissors depending on the medium used for this ornament. Drill a hole near the top for the ribbon.
3. Have the child sand the rough edges smooth.
4. Set wax paper or tin foil on the table to protect the finish from the paint. (we tried newspaper, but the paint is very sticky and it stuck to the first tree ornament)
5. Have the child paint the tree with chalkboard paint and let it dry.
6. Push the string through the hole at the top, tie, and hang!
This ornament is part of the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments Inspired by Children’s Books.
You may also enjoy some of our other book inspired Christmas Ornaments: