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Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

My kids made these Christmas tree print reusable canvas market bags from pressed ferns two years ago for their grandparents and aunt.

We noticed that ferns look a lot like Christmas trees so we saved and pressed some. Didn’t save any ferns? No problem! Fake ones will work just as well.

Then, we simply placed our ferns on canvas bags and sprayed some fabric paint to create a negative print.

We also flipped the sprayed ferns over and used a rolling pin to press them and create a positive image print on the other side of the bags.

We added some sequin ornaments on some of the trees, too.

Educational Connections

  • History / Culture: Research the origin of the Christmas tree.
  • Art: What is the difference between a negative and positive image?
  • Science/Environmentalism: How many disposable bags do people in the United States use each year? Why is it important to use reusable items when possible?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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