It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Sticky Tree

Another fine idea from Pinterest! I saw a few variations. This is mine:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA large triangle of clear Con-tact paper, sticky side out, taped to the wall with green painter’s tape. (To get the width I wanted, I overlapped three panels of the plastic. Easy to do. If you only have one child, a tree cut from a single panel may well be enough.)

A container of likely ornaments to stick on the tree:

Daniel found some plastic candy canes to stick onto the tree. I thought they’d be too heavy, but let him try. It’s all in the interest of education, right? Turns out they did stick to the tree. For a while…
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the end of the first day, our tree looked like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAModest, tasteful, a bit random, but the best Christmas trees are never too orderly and picture-perfect!

We had several days of play with it. Foamy shapes — stockings, ornaments, elves, and snowflakes — went on an off. Ribbons. Sequins.

And then, one glorious day, after a trip to the dollar store, tinsel! Green tinsel. Lots and lots of green tinsel!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt may not be tasteful. It’s certainly not tidy. But, oh, we had fun!!

The tree lasted about a week before all the sticky had been worn off by constant rearranging of ornaments by four pairs of sticky hands. It was a great week! We have a different tree planned for next week, but this one’s a quick and easy set-up, if you want to try.

December 12, 2013 - Posted by | Christmas, crafts | ,


  1. Great idea! That is so cute. 🙂

    Comment by Jessica | December 12, 2013 | Reply

  2. I love it! Adorable. 😀

    Comment by Sheri | December 12, 2013 | Reply

  3. I’ve been teaching that technique for years but it never occurred to me to make it a seasonal activity. Let’s see…hearts, Easter eggs, pumpkins. It could go on forever. Try doing it on a window or glass door if you have one with safety glass and give them colored tissue and cellophane. (I am addicted to tissue paper) Instant stained glass.

    Oooo, tissue paper. So pretty! I’ve done an undersea theme whereby we put a few fish on first, then filled the remaining spaces with tissue paper in shades of blue and green. It was beautifully effective! But do you know, it hadn’t registered with me that it was the same technique?? You’re right: suddenly a whole realm of seasonal and thematic possibilities opens up! Whee!

    Comment by jwgmom | December 12, 2013 | Reply

  4. Oh, I love this! I really would love to do it… BUT. How do you keep all the decorations from being scattered around the house and floor? Maybe it doesn’t matter, it just gets swept up in the usual cleaning, but I feel like my life is ruled right now by keeping my 7mo crawler from choking on every bit of floor crud she can find. So maybe I should wait until next year…

    Yes, given that children rarely start with me before they’re a year old (that’s how long our maternity leaves are here), small crawling eating machines are not a grave concern to me. You may have to wait. The only other solution I can think of is to set it up in an area she doesn’t have access to — are the boys’ room(s) private? Is there an area you can set off with a baby gate?

    Comment by rosie_kate | December 14, 2013 | Reply

  5. this is such a good idea!! I love it!

    Comment by chicachicababies | December 16, 2013 | Reply

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