Handprint Christmas Tree and Clean Up

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My daughter began school this year, just three hours a day, which means we have the rest of the day to play, craft, and have fun together (with my son, too, of course!) As a homeschooling mom to two preschoolers, my house is essentially a giant classroom. My living and dining area doubles as a food preparation and craft room. This means we often make giant, hard to clean messes right in the front room of our house! Last week, we made this Handprint Christmas Tree project together. This is actually a project we did years ago, but because it tends to make such a huge mess, we have not repeated it. But this time, I have a solution!

Christmas Handprint Tree

Materials:

  • Washable green paint
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Gold glitter
  • Fake snow confetti
  • Pompoms
  • Miniature bows

Directions:

Begin by painting your child’s hand green and making multiple handprints in a pyramid formation. We did one in the first row, two in the second row, three in the third row, etc. until we got to six rows of handprints.

green hand green hands hand print treeEvery tree needs a star. We made our star from yellow construction paper and gold glitter. Notice we are doing this on the floor.

glitter starNext, it’s time to decorate the tree! We placed our star at the top of the tree and used pretend confetti snow, pompoms, and miniature bows to decorate. Lydia had so much fun decorating the tree. If you look, she even created patterns with the pompoms and bows.

decorate treetree decorating
Bryce wasn’t too into the tree decorating, but he really wanted to play with the fake confetti snow. And what would snow play be without a pirate shirt on from three Halloweens ago, right?

Snow BryceAfter making this crafty mess, I left the room for a few minutes to prepare lunch before cleaning up all our art supplies. This was a mistake and NOT part of the original blog post. Bryce took the entire bag of confetti snow and dumped it on the floor. Yikes!

messy floor

Normally, this would take me forever to clean up because for laminate floors, I use a good ol’ broom and dust pan. Of course, the kids would run through the nice pile I sweep together, and if I can actually get them to follow directions and not run through it, the dogs would instead. But with the Eureka Suction Seal 2.0 vacuum, I can successfully clean epic messes on all surfaces.

before vacuumAnd after just one pass over the area…

after vacuumThe Eureka Suction Seal 2.0 vacuum sucked up all the snow and various craft supplies in just seconds. Here’s how it works: plates that raise and lower against the surface maintain suction and seal without scattering debris. The vacuum uses a wide tube of air with minimal bends and twists that allows air to move freely across a shorter and more direct path.  It works on all surfaces, including tile, hardwood, and carpet.

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About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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26 Responses to Handprint Christmas Tree and Clean Up

  1. Masshole Mommy says:

    What a mess LOL. That is the exact reason we don’t do crafts inside the house 😉 I am totally OCD about messes.

  2. We have done the same craft a few years ago, I like how you added the mini bows and pom poms on it – cute! This vacuum looks like the perfect resource to clean up the mess!

  3. susan says:

    This is so very precious!! What an amazing gift this would make, I would love to do this with the kids.

  4. Deborah A. says:

    Oh, I LOVE the Christmas tree! Why have I never done that before? Thank you. (I’m off to go buy some pom poms.)

  5. Dawn says:

    That is TOO cute! I love it! The vacuum did a great job getting up all the left over “creativity” as I like to call it.

  6. I love that you are the kind of mom who doesn’t mind a glitter mess! The craft is awesome!

  7. I simply cannot believe that vacuum picked up all that mess, especially the glitter. Cutest craft ever. PINNED IT!!

  8. This is so adorable. I will be trying this out with my boys!

  9. Oh my stars this is an adorable craft. and those stinkers got all that glitter on the floor. Super cute.

  10. meaganef says:

    What an adorable Christmas craft! My son would love throwing that glitter everywhere! going to have to make this for grandma!

  11. Awe, that is such a cute activity! My twins love to paint with their hands, I’m sure they’d love this!

  12. That’s a great project… and vacuum! Looks like the winter messes won’t stop you!

  13. What a fun activity!!! I’m sure your kids loved it!

  14. Liz Mays says:

    You made a gigantic mess but it was totally worth it. That is so cute! And thank goodness for easy clean-up.

  15. shaunatorres says:

    Oh I love, love, love it. That fake confetti snow is an awesome effect. Thanks for the idea… and the tips on cleaning.

  16. Dee Mauser says:

    That’s such a cute and super fun holiday craft. And although the fake snow is extremely messy, it’s really fun to play with.

  17. Maria says:

    This is an awesome idea to do this year with my son. But, I think I’ll be taking this task outdoors onto the patio :))

  18. What an adorable Christmas tree craft! I love having a good vacuum too for clean ups!

  19. Marina John says:

    awww, this looks like an awesome craft! You win the cool mom award, hands down

  20. Nolie says:

    I love it. So cute. I should do this or my mom from the grandkids as she doesn’t even have a Christmas tree anymore since she spends Christmas at our house.

  21. Jennifer says:

    That’s so cute. My sister used to do crafts like this all the time with my niece and nephew all the time.

  22. What a mess but it looks like it was so worth it! What a fun craft to do with the kids.

  23. Lisa says:

    How cute! I remember doing stuff like this with my kids when they were younger. It was so much fun.

  24. NPC says:

    Such a cute craft and I freaked out when I saw the mess but, was quickly relieved when I saw how well that vacuum picked it all up. 🙂

  25. Oh, this looks like a lot of fun! I need to do this craft with my two kids. That vacuum looks like it does the job, well! My current vacuum is a piece of poo. I need a serious upgrade.

  26. Jess says:

    I know what we are going to do this afternoon now, thanks for the cute craft! And I love how easily the Eureka cleans up that mess! #client

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