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Make Art Together: A Festive Recycled Tree

Make Art Together: A Festive Recycled Tree
December 12, 2019 By: Molly Kilbridge, Manager of Community & Family Learning

Make Art Together: A Festive Recycled Tree

It’s easy to get caught up in the hurry of this time of year. You can use this art activity as a chance to slow down for some family holiday fun. As an added bonus, this is a great way to put all those shipping boxes to good use!

Ribbon (can also use yarn, twine, or anything you have around the house)
Beads, buttons (anything you can string)
Glue stick
Any other fun, decorative items you have in the house, such as left over wrapping supplies

Step 1
With the help of an adult, draw a triangle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

Step 2
Cut small slits down the two longer sides of the triangle.

Step 3
Cut a long piece of ribbon. Tie a knot in the ribbon with a bead to hold it in place. Slip the ribbon in the first slit. Then continue to string the ribbon through the slits. 

As you string, add beads or any decorative materials you have to the ribbon. This is where you can let your creativity shine. If you don’t have any special beads, you can use cut up pieces of straws, paper clips, or buttons. Don’t forget to add something to the top for your tree.

Step 4
Once you have used all of the slits, you are almost done! To make your tree stand, find an extra piece of cardboard. Cut a slit in the base of your tree and the extra piece of cardboard. Slide the tree on top of the piece so the two are perpendicular. Now your tree will stand all on its own.

Be sure to share your fun creations by tagging the Frick on social media!

If you are interested in more holiday artmaking, join us Saturday, December 14, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. for the Frick’s Cool Yule Family Fun Day. Design a dazzling ornament or create a gift tag to help spread holiday joy, and try your hand at our holiday history timeline. Young songwriter and recording artist Antolena will be performing holiday favorites in the Grable Visitor Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Stop by and partake in some festive family cheer!

Special Bonus! Add a Clayton family tour to your Cool Yule experience. Special family-friendly tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. free for all children ages 16 and under and adult members; regular tour rates apply for adult non-members. Tours are most appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Advance reservations required. Call 412.342.4087 to reserve your tickets.
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