Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie #cbias

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It is Christmas Season and that means it is time to start the Christmas Crafts! We love creating crafts especially crafts for kids! So to start our season off right; we are excited to bring you our newest Christmas Craft creation; The Smarties Christmas Tree! And yes, I made this one up cause #IAmASmartie who has kids that love Smarties! Why not make a craft with a candy we always have around the house?  It is really easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, and doesn’t cost a lot of money! But it is a lot of fun and your family will enjoy your Smarties Christmas Craft!

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

How to build the Smarties Christmas Tree

If you remember our popular Halloween Star Wars Smarties Lightsaber Craft; you already know that we love Smarties in our home! They are a lot of fun to use in crafts for kids. Not only is it a candy that my kids love, but Smarties are also a “worry free” and a ”one size fits all” candy since they are inexpensive, gluten free, vegan, low calorie and free of top allergens. Plus, they are really easy to find! You can often find packages of Smarties at Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and even your local Dollar Tree!

First thing, as always is to gather your supplies:

  • 1 package of Smarties
  • 2 packages green pipe cleaners
  • 1 package brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 package shimmery pipe cleaner (your choice of color; this will be the “tinsel” of the tree, so make it a good one)
  • Double sided tape (or hot glue/glue gun if you want it more permanent)
  • Total cost of craft: approximately $6.00 (that’s including buying a new roll of tape) This is however the cost of ONE tree. And there will be left over supplies of each item you purchased; although not enough to make another complete tree.

We used double sided tape because my kids didn’t want the craft to be permanent. They want to take it apart throughout the month and eat the Smarties. But if you wanted it to be more permanent, wherever I use tape; you can use hot glue and a glue gun.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

To form the tree you will simply start by rolling the still wrapped Smarties in the green pipe cleaners. To make it easy, put a small strip of tape on the Smarties candy roll, then start twisting the pipe cleaner around the candy.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

You want to make the twisting tight enough to cover the candy. As a result, each Smarties will take two green pipe cleaners to completely cover it. Once you finish winding the pipe cleaners around the Smarties, set it aside while you repeat the process until you have 15 Smarties wrapped in green pipe cleaners.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

This is the part that is really easy for kids to help with! And really when you have more than one kid helping to wrap the Smarties in pipe cleaners, it goes rather quickly. Having the strip of double sided tape really makes wrapping it easier too because it helps the pipe cleaner to stick and stay in place while little hands continue to try to manipulate the pipe cleaner around the Smarties. J. had a lot of fun helping me wrap up all the Smarties and then build the Christmas tree afterwards.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

How to form the Smarties Christmas tree

With all the candy wrapped in the green pipe cleaners, it is now time to get the shape of the tree. Simply start with a base of five Smarties. You will want to use a small strip of tape between each roll to bind them together into a single row.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Now we will build upwards. Place a strip of tape across the gap between two of the Smarties and place a new Smartie on top of the tape. Put a piece of tape on the side facing towards the center of the tree, and place another strip of tape on the next gap over. Basically you are attaching the second row of Smarties together at the same time you are attaching them to the row below.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Basically the idea is wherever one roll of candy touches another roll of candy, you have a strip of tape to help hold them together. For the tree we are building up in a triangle shape, thus why you place the next row up in the gully area of the row before. So each row has one less roll of candy until you reach the top which is just one roll.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Decorating the Smarties Christmas Craft Tree.

We now want to add some embellishments to the tree. At present, the green pipe cleaner represents the tree itself. The ends of the wrappers that are sticking out are the ornament decorations. But all good trees have tinsel! This is where the fancier pipe cleaner comes in! Take the shimmery pipe cleaner and bend it in a wavy pattern. Once you have the entire pipe cleaner bent, using the tape, attach it around the entire base of the tree. It will take about two waved shimmery pipe cleaners to make one wrap around for the lower levels of the tree. As you get higher you will only need one to wrap around the tree. And then the last row you will end up needing to snip a little off with scissors.

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Smarties Christmas Craft for kids; Create a Smarties Christmas Tree #IAmASmartie

Creating the Smarties Christmas tree base

To form the base, or the trunk of the Christmas tree craft; you will need to gather six Smarties and roll them in the brown pipe cleaner just as you rolled the previous candy in the green pipe cleaner. This time you will be creating two rows of brown Smarties with three in each row. But this time you don’t want to create a triangle design, so place the second row of candy rolls directly on top of the candy roll under it; not in the gully between the candy rolls.

Then you will take a few more brown pipe cleaners and wrap around the base in a circle trying to cover/hide the ends of the candy wrappings; so all you can see is brown.  It will also give a unique texture to the trunk of the tree.  Once you have the base complete, use tape again on the top and tape it to the bottom of the Christmas tree! You now have your Smarties Christmas Tree craft!

Smarties Christmas Craft for Kids #IamASmartie #cbias

If you want to get even more elaborate; you can take another shimmery pipe cleaner and shape it into a star to place on top! But that is not necessary.

Now simply display your new Christmas craft where everyone can see and enjoy it! The Smarties Christmas tree craft would make a great activity with the kids and a fun gift to give to your child’s friends for Christmas Gifts, or teachers, or even the grandparents! Or each child can keep their own.

But whatever you do with it; be sure to take pictures so your child can remember it years down the road!

Learn more about Smarties

You can learn more about Smarties by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Also be sure to visit our Smarties Christmas Prize Pack giveaway  from 12/4/12  until 12/18/12  to win a large pack of various Smarties products! Just in time for Christmas! They make great stocking stuffers and Christmas Candy to enjoy! The giveaway will be open to US residents! And a quick hint; the first entry is to comment on this craft post, so be sure to leave a comment before heading over there so you don’t have to return. (Saying, “thanks for the giveaway is not a valid comment entry for the giveaway)

 

Who in your family would love to make our Smarties Christmas Tree?

How do you like to use Smarties in Christmas Crafts for kids? 


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Smarties. #CBias #SocialFabric. However all opinions are my own and I only recommend products that I personally use and believe will be good for my readers.

 

 

 

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About Amber Edwards

Amber is the owner & Editor of JadeLouise Designs located in South Eastern Idaho. She is a stay at home mom to 3 kids; Jonathan (10) Talmage (8) and Jade (4), 1 dog and 1 cat. She loves to read, creating crafts, baking, shopping, traveling, and being a Mom and homemaker. She loves her family, and is passionate about sharing how to help families design a more family friendly lifestyle.

86 comments

  1. michelle gilliland mcafee

    You are so crafty, this is a great holiday craft. I also learned that smarties are gluten free and vegan. Who knew? Thanks for the craft.

  2. I had no idea smarties were gluten free

  3. OMG how cute is that! That looks like a lot of fun and I showed my daughter so guess what…she wants to make one LOL!

  4. Very neat idea! Never heard of this before! might just try it out!

  5. Thats a really great idea! my sons not quite old enough but next year we’ll try this!

  6. The Smarties Christmas tree you made is adorable !! What a great project to make with the kiddos !! Thank you for sharing it and also thank you for hosting the smartie giveaway. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

  7. I don’t think I have a creative bone in my body… I would never have been able to come up with something like that……

  8. this is such a great idea. its amazing what you can do with things. and i love the star on top.

  9. Melanie Montgomery

    I never thought about using smarties for crafts

  10. i’m very impressed with your christmas craft! thanks for explaining how to do this, i will maybe try it!

  11. This is a great way to use all of the Smarties rolls the kids get for Halloween!

  12. Thank you so much for the great idea! my kids can make these themselves to give to friends and family for Christmas and at a low cost!

  13. So simple! amazing what one can do with some pipe cleaners and a little creativity.

  14. Very cute! My nephew would have a ball making this for Christmas and then taking it apart and eating it after!

  15. What a fun project to share with your kids!

  16. That is really cute and definitely something my daughter could do without extensive help. I also thought of another way to make a smarties Christmas tree to try.

  17. too cute and so easy to do

  18. So cute. This might be a good craft to do with my daughter…and it’s not chocolate so I should be able to resist temptation to eat the tree.

  19. What a cute idea. My kids are grown now and I miss doing all those craft projects with them. This would have been a good one

  20. an awesome little tree for kids to make for Christmas!!!

  21. that’s the nicest Christmas tree I’ve seen in a long time… just the right size, and the kids can have a great time making it…

  22. I am always looking for age appropriate crafts for my kids. These are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Those are way too cute. Love the tree.

  24. This is a really cute idea. It would be a great crafty project for my 3 year old nieces who aren’t quite careful enough to build a gingerbread house yet (we tried!)

  25. Fee (Phyllis) Roberts

    How wonderful! I have tons of smarties left over from Halloween, now I know what to do with them! Thanks!

  26. We used to attach the smarties on a conical shaped styofoam to create our christmas trees. However, I think we enjoyed munching on them much more than we did making them!

  27. I haven’t had Smarties in over a decade. It’s impossible to forget that taste, though!

  28. My son and daughter-in-law smarties in fact they put them on their registry for their wedding. This would make a cute gift for them, then after they could eat them.

  29. what a great idea.i never thought to use candy with crafts

  30. What a cute idea. I never would have thought of that.

  31. I think my daughter would love this, she loves smarties and I think making the tree with her would be fun.

  32. this is a really cute craft & my kids love Smarties

  33. this is a really cute craft & my kids love Smarties

  34. This would make a great centerpiece for a Christmas get together and the kids would love taking it apart.

  35. What a cute idea! My daughter would love this!

  36. These are so cute i will have to do this tomorrow with my niece and nephews

  37. Those are cute! I’d like to make them with my nieces and nephew.

  38. i would eat the candy..you dont want me to help!

  39. This is an adorable idea! I have never seen anything like it.

  40. What a cute tree. With such easy instructions this may a craft for my Sunday school class to make this year.

  41. very creative!!! i think we will try this one this week! thank you!

  42. This is a very cute Christmas tree. I wouldn’t make it permanent either, I would be nibbling away all during Christmas!

  43. This will be perfect for our family gift exchange. Yummy, easy to make, and inexpensive! Thanks!

  44. That is such a cute, fun idea! Since we love smarties we are going to do this! Thanks

  45. What a fun idea – and love that it’s simple enough for even little hands to accomplish!!

  46. This is absolutely the cutest little craft. Love it!

  47. What a cute idea! I love it! I’ll have to try this out with my boys.

  48. I need to try this with my four year old! He loves crafts and Christmas so this would be perfect!

  49. That really gives the kids something to do! I was wondering if you ever poked a little hole in the middle and use them as beads/beading for Christmas tree projects like this?

    • I haven’t tried that yet. I’m afraid if I actually opened and unrolled the Smarties for a craft like that; they wouldn’t last long enough to get used; they’d be eaten too fast. lol.

  50. Thanks for the great kid kraft ideas .I will be using them with my kids .

  51. So cute! We LOVE Smarties around here. My old Math teacher used to give them to us for tests and she called them “Smart Pills”.

  52. I thought it was going to go in a circle, but I think the pyramid works well.

  53. So cute, going to try this with my kiddos!

  54. Those are so cute. They would make a cute idea for my nephews.

  55. Such a good cute idea for holiday fun. I wish I was as crafty and you and your kids. I am thumbs when it comes to craft making! I wouldn’t mind eating some Smarties, I love them!

  56. Cute idea–and a great craft to do with kids!

  57. Aw! That is such a cute little idea. I definitely have to steal this idea one day :D

  58. Thanks for the cute family craft idea. I wish I had thought of this when my son was little. He still loves Smarties, but he is now 18 and I don’t think I’ll be able to convince him to craft with mommy :) Thanks for sharing!

  59. That is such a cute idea! I wish I had thought of that when my son was little. He still loves Smarties to this day, but he is 18 now and I don’t think I can get him to make this (or any) craft with me. :) Thanks for sharing such a cute family craft project!

  60. What a sweet tree! Very creative :)

  61. What a cute idea Amber! This is great for a Christmas theme. We love Smarties here too!

  62. Great idea for the kiddos during the holiday break.

  63. How fun! I might have to try this with my boys. Thanks!

  64. That’s super cute! My son loves Smarties and I’m sure he’d love to try and make this too.

  65. I love this idea! My kids would enjoy making it!

  66. What a cute idea. I’ve never seen this craft before and we are always looking for new crafts to do together. We are also Smarties fans so that’s even better.

  67. Love these! Really cute, creative and cheap!

  68. Ugh… I wish I was crafty and had cool ideas like that!! I can follow your directions though LOL

    • Ha, notice how I emphasized EASY craft this time? I wanted everyone to be able to have a fun Christmas craft, no matter their level of craft training. :)
      Next week? We’re making ornaments! Those will be easy too and I KNOW you are crafty enough to make some awesome ornaments Ronni!

  69. This is so neat. I would have never thought about doing this. Great craft for the kiddies!

  70. What a super cute idea. My son and I were looking for a craft that he could make for his cousins. This would be perfect! Thank you so much.

  71. Such a good idea,so easy to make I will have the kids make it.Thank you

  72. Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt

    What a cute and super easy craft. Thanks for the information. I’ll have to print it out and see if my sons would like to do this.

  73. It would be fun to decorate the outside of the tree with different candies too. What a fun project for young kids.

  74. Mary Beth Elderton

    Great idea! I am always on the lookout for crafts I can do with my grand-daughters–even the smaller ones can help with this.

  75. That is absolutely ADORABLE. What a fun craft!

  76. What a great Christmas craft for kids. I would eat the Smarties with my kids. I don’t think they will stay long enough to make a craft

  77. What an adorable and delicious idea!!! Great for teacher gifts. :)

  78. Allyson Odell Hunter

    This is really cool! It’s kind of like the tree you make with baby food jars by stacking them, but on a child’s level. I’ll definitely being trying this with my grandchildren next time they come over. What fun! :)

  79. What a cute idea. We eat Smarties here because they re gluten free.

  80. What a fun idea! And such a great way to bond together with the kiddos this season.

  81. How cute! We love Smarties here too :)

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