Gorgeous Tissue Trees for Christmas!

We just finished creating some beautiful tissue Christmas trees. They're in the gym right now as part of the decorations for our concert tomorrow.

I found the idea from Jill at Mrs. T's First Grade Class.

Colourful Tissue Christmas Trees from Grade ONEderful

They were reasonably easy to make, but it WAS a two-day, three-stage process.

1. I cut tissue paper into squares (they weren't exact).

2. I gave the kids white glue bottles and a letter-sized piece of paper and told them to cover it in glue.

3. They layered on their tissue paper.

4. We let it dry over night and the next day I cut their paper into triangles and rectangles.

5. They painted the sky with watered down blue tempera paint (on 11 x 14 paper).

6. Once the paint was dry they glued on their trees (we talked a bit about perspective beforehand).

7. Last step was gluing on the little dots of snow (paper circles from the office hole puncher).

Easy for Grade one students.

And here's what I heard as we were finishing up: "Mrs. Leyne, you do the coolest art! Way better than kindergarten."

Have a great week!


  1. What a cute comment! The trees are so pretty! They really stand out against the background too. I love 'em!

    1. Thanks, Chrissy! The kids are really proud of themselves:)

  2. So cute! It is amazing how much more complicated of a project you can do with first graders than with Kindergarteners.

    The Math Maniac

    1. I know! That one year really makes a difference.

  3. Those are some really fine trees!

  4. Way better than kindergarten for sure! They do look great!

  5. The trees are very beautiful. But as a kindergarten teacher, the hairs on the back of my neck are raised. We accept the challenge to make tissue paper trees. Yes, it might take us a full week - but we WILL make trees!!

    1. Haha. Too funny. But yes it would be challenging in K. My kids actually handled it better than I thought possible so you never know:)

  6. Beautiful trees! I am sure they looked beautiful in your room for Christmas!!
    Conversations in Literacy


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