After creating our Sticky Christmas Tree last year I vowed I would avoid making another tree with contact paper. I have a love hate relationship with contact paper! I love the possibilities it provides but hate setting it up. Somehow I always manage to get tangled up in the contact paper – it appears to be quite a skill. However, I wanted to make Adam an apple tree – specifically a sticky apple tree. I realised there was no getting away from using contact paper.
I immediately came across the same problem I’d had when making our Sticky Christmas Tree – I didn’t have any large sheets of green paper. This time I didn’t want to wait for paint to dry so used green Duck Tape instead. I laid strips of the green Duck Tape onto a large piece of paper and cut out a tree shape. I used sellotape to stick the contact paper on top of the Duck Tape so that the sticky side was facing out. For the trunk I used wood-style self adhesive vinyl roll from PoundLand. I found a selection of different sized red and green pom poms to use for the apples and placed them in a basket at the bottom of the tree.
As soon as I gave Adam the basket of apples he immediately started sticking them to the contact paper. In order to make the apple pom poms stick he had to push them quite hard but he soon mastered the technique.
Adam preferred to take the apple pom poms off of the tree, just as he had liked taking off the cotton wool when he did the Sheep Window Art activity. He tried to see how many apples he could ‘pick’ at once. As with all of our window activities we left the apple tree up for several days. The contact paper didn’t loose its stickiness and the self adhesive vinyl roll didn’t leave a mark on the glass.
* Window or patio door
* Green Duck Tape (affiliate link)
* Large white paper
* Contact paper/ Sticky Back Plastic (affiliate link)
* Wooden self adhesive vinyl roll
* Variety of red and green pom poms
Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.
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