This cardboard Easter Tree is simple to make, looks sweet, holds sweets, and can be played with too, so, hopefully the kids will like it!
toilet paper tube
cereal box card (approx 16cmx16cm)
yellow/orange tissue paper
fine black felt tip
small scissors (like straight-edged nail scissors)
1. Paint the tube brown (mix a little red and some yellow to make orange, then add dabs of blue until you're happy with the shade).
Paint the cereal box card green; an egg cup yellow for the nest (cut out another cup the same size, but no need to paint it - it's for drawing around later),
and two egg box cones pale blue for the birds (mix white and a small amount of blue - or choose a different colour).
2. Make a hole in the trunk about a third of the way down. Draw it first then use the nail scissors to pierce through the card (keep them closed, press down and twist from side to side). Cut out.
3. With the hole in the middle, facing you - gently squeeze the tube top together and mark the creases either side. They should be opposite each other.
4. Cut down from these marks about 2cm, and widen the gap by snipping out an extra sliver. This will make it easier to slot in your tree top.
5. With a pencil, draw a curved line down from the top of the slot to about 1cm above the middle of the hole. Do the same on the other side.
6. Draw your tree top - make it generous - but keep the bottom part that's going to attach to the trunk, straight (at least as long as the width of the tube).
7. Cut the tree top out and slot the straight section into the trunk. When you're happy it looks even, mark where the slots are on the tree top. Lift it out and snip small slots (about 1cm). Again, widen them and check the trunk and top fit together.
8. Unslot, cut the spare unpainted egg cup in half and draw round it, where you'd like the nest to be.
9. Use the nail scissors again to pierce a hole in one of the bottom corners. Cut up, along the top and down. DON'T cut along the bottom. Instead, push the flap out the back of your tree top. This makes a perfect little shelf for your nest.
Check the nest fits, then take it out again.
10. Loosely fold the sheets of tissue paper a few times, then snip across, keeping the strips thin, and unfurl your streamers. Scrumple and tear them up a bit.
Cover your yellow egg cup with a generous layer of glue, plus a little round the inside edge, and press the streamers into the glue. Quite messy but a lot of fun! Push extra strands over the lip of the nest and glue or cut away any other bits that are hanging down, though doesn't need to be too neat.
11. While that's drying, make the birds. We made a baby bird and a slightly bigger one, but make them any size you want. We cut the cones so they were 3cm and 2cm high. Snip up about 0.5mm from any corner and cut straight across three sides only, leaving one side for the tail feathers at the back.
12. Use the fine black felt tip to draw wings, eyes and a 'V' on the tail feathers at the back.
13. If you want to colour in the wings, do - we left some of ours unpainted, and on the others, painted the wings and tail feathers blue (you could use coloured felt tips for this).
For the beak, use a fine paint brush to add a small dot of yellow under the eyes.
14. While the beaks are drying, you can decide what to put in the nest! We used mini eggs, though I saw some really mini, mini eggs in B&M that would have been even better.
You can glue the nest to the flap in the tree if you want, but it should sit fine without, and my daughter wanted to be able to play with the nest.
15. Make small slots in the sides of the birds with the nail scissors, so they can sit in the tree. Snip a little extra out to widen the slots.
14. So, possibly by now you're wondering what the surprise is?.....
Any excuse for a creme egg!
Fits perfectly in the tube.