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Decorating the family tree has to be the most exciting part about Christmas for a kiddo, right? Okay, maybe Santa wins out. But still, Christmas trees hold a very special place not just in our little ones’ hearts, but our hearts as well.
Having a small toddler, I am one of the brave/lucky ones that faces the “toddler vs. tree” conundrum. I’ll be honest, last year didn’t go so hot. We’d decorate. He’d undecorate. We’d put the priceless ornaments out of his reach, he’d find a way to reach them. Leave it to a toddler. They’re ninjas like that.
This year we decided to give our little one his very own tree to decorate: a Washi tape tree. It was a huge hit, and probably a family tradition from here on out.
To start, you’ll need some basic scrapbook Washi tape. It’s easy to use and light on the sticky side, so it won’t ruin your walls. You’ll want one shade of green for the tree, and the rest of the colors are up to you. We went with traditional Christmas colors and patterns.
The next step is to pick a spot for your tree. I let my son choose, and he aimed for right above his bed. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean he’ll stay up to all hours of the night singing “Oh Christmas Tree.”
Then it’s time to grab your scissors and green tape. If your child is young like mine, it might be best for Mom to tape the main shape of the tree. I even added a little garland before I let him loose.
And the final step? Well… let ’em loose. I was on standby to cut pieces when asked. But if your kiddos are old enough to work with scissors, then they can just go to town.
If you have a toddler you’ll probably get a lot of this:
But I was more concerned with giving my guy creative freedom than worrying about tangled tape. For him, the tangling was part of the fun.
And of course, we couldn’t forget the star.
True to form, he’s been decorating and undecorating his wall tape tree for days. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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