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How to Make a Tree Invitation

Updated on January 4, 2013
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As a teacher at all levels and mother of five children, Bronwen has been interested in a variety of crafts for both children and adults.

Kids Party Invitation

A tree-trimming party can be such fun for children and just as much fun for the adults who are supervising, helping or watching and enjoying the event.

A good Christmas crafts session with your children can produce great handmade cards that can be used for invitations, although, depending on their age and ability, they may need supervision and assistance, especially when they are using scissors and a needle. This is just one of the handmade card ideas that may help to trigger other ideas for you so that you can create truly personal party invitations.

Rule Half the Card into Thirds
Rule Half the Card into Thirds | Source

What You Will Need

The list is fairly simple, but the actual making of the kids party invitations will need careful supervision if the children are to participate as scissors and needles are part of the tools to be used. I bought my cards at Spotlight. They were squares of Kaisercard and the colour was 'forest', but most kinds of green card would be suitable for this project.

  • Green card
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • A pair of scissors
  • A large, pointed needle (a darning needle would be good)
  • A sticker sheet of different sized stars, mostly small
  • A fine felt-tipped pen


Cut Out the Silhouette Shape
Cut Out the Silhouette Shape | Source

Instructions


For one type of kids party invitation follow the instructions below. These are given for a card that is twelve inches by twelve inches. If your card is a different size, you can apply the same handmade card ideas, perhaps by folding your card in half, cutting along the line and then dividing each of the halves into three pieces.

  • Fold the card in half (If it is 12" X 12").
  • Cut it along the folded line.
  • Mark 4" and 8" across the card.
  • Rule the two lines down the card.
  • Place the two halves one over the other and cut through both.

Now you have six invitation cards. Take the cards one at a time.

  • Fold lengthwise.
  • With the pencil draw the outline of half a Christmas tree, leaving a small trunk and a pot to hold it in at the bottom.
  • When you are satisfied with the shape, cut it out.
  • Open up the half tree and you will have a full tree.

Punch the Tiny Holes
Punch the Tiny Holes | Source

Writing the Message

Keep the message on your party invitation as brief and simple as possible.

  • Write the invitation very lightly in pencil on the tree.

Remember to give the following:

  • The type of party,
  • The address,
  • The time and the date when the party will be held.

Now follow these soft outlines carefully, pricking out each letter with the pointed needle. This requires concentration and this part may be too difficult for small children. It also requires supervision so that the child does not prick herself and become frustrated so that it is no longer a fun activity.


Decorate the Tree with Mini Sticker Stars
Decorate the Tree with Mini Sticker Stars | Source

Decorate the Tree

Using the tiny gold star stickers, decorate the tree. Even the smaller children can join in this part of the project, although they will need to take care and not stick them over the top of the writing pin-holes. If this occurs the light will not shine through.

Hold it Up to the Light to Read the Invitation

Hold your finished work up to the light to read the invitation. Now you have a Christmas Tree with lights for an invitation. Brilliant!

Making all the pinpricks can be a little tedious, but it is worth it in the end as it is such a fun activity and fun for the recipients of the invitations, too.

Hold up to the Light
Hold up to the Light | Source

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      That is a cute precious idea and a lovely invitation.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a marvelous idea, kids will love it. You always have the best ideas. Thank's for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      flashmakeit: Thank you. It was fun working out how to make it.

      always exploring: I hope they will enjoy it. It could be a good activity for the holiday time as some schools here have already finished for the year.

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      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      again a wonderful idea , all your ideas are so gud and useful that not only kids enjoy them but those dealing with kids also find them enjoyable.... thankyou so much for the sharing !!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      How very beautiful! The card has the same effect as the tin lampshade I bought from a craft-shop once. When the light shines through it, it is magical.

      Lovely idea for children. I would like to do it with my 5-year-old grandson, who's just learned to read.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Blossom - these are fantastic. You are such a creative individual.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      shara63: Thank you for your comments. I do hope that both children and the adults helping them will find it fun.

      mizjo: That lampshade sounds very interesting. The five-year-old would have fun with it; the method could also be used for 'secret' messages, too.

      shiningirisheyes: God created us and made us in his image, so we are happy when we are creating, too - apart from the mess we create when we are creating! Ha!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lovely card idea, Blossom. I don't have little ones at home to enjoy this but I think it could be used for adults as well.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: It probably could. What a good idea! Thank you.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wow how original and unique Blossom.This one I vote across/up and share all around.

      Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too, Eddy. We're having a special service this morning for the graduation of Sunday Club children who are leaving the Primary School part of Sunday School and will be in the High School section next year. I'm in a choir formed for the event and we're singing some great carols. Looking forward to the event.

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