(to read the entire post click on the above title “HAND PRINT CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH”)
Part 1 What:
The project is a precious Hand Print Christmas tree. Let your child or grandchild be the helper here. Use their hands both for your pattern and to cut out the hands and berries.
Part 2 Why:
I chose this Hand Print Christmas tree because it can be made with a child that you know. And while you are working together to make the wreath you can share that a star announced Christ’s birth. And Christ was born to sacrifice Himself (the red berries) to give us eternal life (the green tree).
Scripture Prayer: Lord help us to speak gentle and loving words when we speak to children about Jesus. While making the Hand Print Christmas Tree help us to explain about the star that announced Jesus’ birth and also led the wise men to where Baby Jesus was. Help us to explain the gift of eternal life that was provided by Jesus. Help us to explain how much You love and cherish all of us. In Your precious Son’s and our precious Savior’s name we pray. AMEN.
Scriptures prayed in the above prayer:
Matthew 2:2 (AMP) Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.
Matthew 2:9-10 (AMP) 9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them [continually leading the way] until it came and stood over the place where the young Child (Jesus) was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Titus 1:2 (AMP) based on the hope and divine guarantee of eternal life, [the life] which God, who is ever truthful and without deceit, promised before the ages of time began.
John 3:16 (AMP) For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Part 3 How:
This Hand Print Christmas Tree was made with three colors of construction paper which was my 9 year old granddaughter’s idea. If you only have one color of green, it will look just as sweet. 1.Trace your child’s hand on to the construction paper. You can trace their hand once, cut that print out and then use it as a pattern or you can trace the child’s hand ten times. Let your child decide. 2. On to a red piece of construction paper trace a water bottle cap or any small round object twelve times for the holly berries. If your child is not good with scissors, let them cut out the berries and you cut out the hands. It’s not important what shape the berries are. Just enjoy the company. 3. For the star you can use whatever paper you like. If you have yellow or gold that would be good, but if you only have white, cut the star out and let your child color it. I was able to cut the star without a pattern by folding the paper into and drawing half a star on the creased edge and then cutting it while it was still folded. That way the sides would be balanced no matter my drawing skills. 4. Now to create the tree, start at the bottom. Lay four hands side by side overlaying one another. Apply just enough glue to keep them in place and together. 5. The next row lay three hands side by side overlaying one another and slightly over the bottom row (of four hands). Again glue the hands to each other and the bottom row. 6. The next row will be two hands side by side overlaying one another and slightly over the row (of three hands) below them. Again apply just enough glue to keep the hands together. 7. The last row (top of the tree) is one hand glued to the row below it. 8. The star is positioned and glued to the top of the last hand (top of the tree). 9. My granddaughter applied glitter glue all over the tree and though I was concerned about it curling, it turned out beautiful.
If you have time make this Christmas wreath too:
Part 1 What:
This is a handprint Christmas wreath. This wreath can be displayed on the table with a large candle in the center or it can be attached to a ribbon and hung on the wall or front door. Let your imagination guide you.
Part 2 Why:
The modern Christmas wreath symbolizes eternity, an unending circle of life, growth and everlasting life. This wreath project points back to when Jesus wore a crown (wreath) of thorns for us so we would be able to obtain a crown (wreath) ourselves.
Scripture Prayer: Lord I pray we will always remember what Christ endured for us (John 19:2 AMP). I pray we will stand firm in our faith (Philippians 4:1 AMP). I pray we will someday stand in Your Presence (I Thessalonians 2:19) because we have followed in Your Son Christ Jesus’ footsteps (I Peter 2:21 AMP) . In His name I pray. AMEN.
Scriptures prayed in above prayer:
John 19:2 (AMP) And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe around Him;
Philippians 4:1 (AMP) Therefore, my fellow believers, whom I love and long for, my delight and crown [my wreath of victory], in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
I Thessalonians 2:19 (AMP) For who is [the object of] our hope or joy or our victor’s wreath of triumphant celebration [when we stand] in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
I Peter 2:21 (AMP) [ Christ Is Our Example ] For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps.
Part 3 How:
1. Trace your child’s hand onto the construction paper. Your child is probably not going to sit still for their hand to be traced 3 dozen times so just trace around each hand once, cut them out very carefully and use them for your pattern. 2. Same as with the Christmas tree, if your child is not good at cutting out the hands perhaps they can cut out the holly berries. Again use a water cap and trace around the cap on red construction paper. Nine berries will probably be enough, but you can add more to your wreath. After cutting the berries out, group the berries in threes. 3. Take a large paper plate and cut out the center, leaving about 1 ½ inches of the outer edge of the plate. This will be the base of the wreath. 4. You might want to lay the hand prints out in a circle to get an idea of how they need to be arranged to look their best. Then begin by placing one hand print down on the wreath base and glue in place. Look at photo for placement. 5. Glue the next hand print with the fingers laying on the palm (or back of the hand) of the first hand print. Do this with each remaining hand, all the way around the plate. And then start back, laying the hand prints down overlapping but beside the already glued hands. Look at photo for placement. Make sure none of the paper plate shows. 6. Glue the berries (grouped in threes) randomly around the wreath. 7. A ribbon can be used to hang the wreath 8.Or the wreath can be set flat on a table with one large candle holder in the middle or … you decide.
My granddaughter wanted to put glitter on both the Christmas tree and the Christmas wreath. I was concerned about how it might turn out, but as you can see they both look great. So let your child decide what else they want to do to the project.
Suggestion: I would date and sign both your names to the back of the tree and the wreath (if you make it).
Any thoughts, ideas, complaints, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org