Christmas Jesse Tree

This advent, my youngest child and I created a new, quick and simple Jesse Tree using chicken wire curved to form a tall narrow cone and decorated it with free downloads from around the Internet.

Homeschool moments

  • First I drew and painted some small Jesse Tree discs to follow our Jesse Tree Bible study and added these to the Jesse Tree Ornaments I had previously downloaded free from Paper Dali  (I don’t think that it is available free anymore ….)  To protect them I covered the discs with clear packaging tape.  Then my daughter ran the discs through the sewing machine to join them together into a lovely long bunting.  We draped this bunting around the tree.

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  • Next I painted the black & white version of the Names of Jesus Ornaments downloaded free from Bible Story Printables.com with bright,bold colors.  You can print out the colored version, but I wanted to save on printing ink and I loved painting them myself!  These discs are larger than the small Jesse Tree discs and fill in much of the wire tree space.
  • Last year we made Names of Jesus strips which my youngest stapled into paper rings and interlinked them to make a lovely paper chain to decorate our Advent table.
  • Lastly I downloaded our Jesse Tree ornaments from Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift download.  We colored some elements of each picture in with silver and gold pens and protected the pictures with clear tape.
  • We used thin florist wire pieces to twist through a tiny hole pierced in our decorations and hooked them simply over the tree’s wires as we follow our Jesse Tree Advent story.

Here are some extra Jesse Tree ideas and resources ~

  1.  Jesse Tree ornaments from Printables.Your Way.net
  2. Beautiful felt Jesse Tree Ornaments from Mandy Pelton.blogspot.com
  3. Jesse Tree Ornaments.com
  4. Alanna George.com – Advent Activity – The Jesse Tree For Kids
  5. Cresourcei.org – Jesse
  6. www.teacherspayteachers.com – Advent-Liturgy-Jesse-Tree-485053
  7. Simple Jesse Tree Ornaments {Tutorial}  keepinglifecreative.com
  8. Jesse Tree Ornament Set with Old and New by InspiredTraditions  www.etsy.com
  9. This Simple Home: Homemade Jesse Tree  http://www.thissimplehome.com
  10. 12 Days Blog Hop: Jesse Tree Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible | Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs – kelleighratzlaff.com
  11. Biblical Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Jesse by NavyMango  www.etsy.com
  12. The Jesse Tree Advent Study and Free Advent Printable Set | Free Homeschool Deals © – www.freehomeschooldeals.com
  13. Jesse Tree Ornament Set with Old and New Testament Scripture for each…http://www.pinterest.com

Hope this inspires you if you are looking for Jesse Tree and Advent activities.

Blessings

Wire Tree

We have been crafting the past few days … and ending off this year’s homeschooling.

We made  Jesse Tree ornaments with my new-found favorite corn starch clay.

I found plenty of Jesse Tree inspiration on Pinterest and printed out these basic Jesse Tree patterns  which Miss.L10 used to cut and shape her clay decorations.  These basic designs are perfect – ready to print and color in and mount on cardboard, or cut out from felt and sewn.  (I think I may still make a felt set as a gift for a family with 3 young boys who may enjoy doing the Jesse Tree next year.)

Some helpful research tips:

  • Pinterest is an incredible research tool – just type your theme in the search box and pin away!
  • I also open the pins I really like to read the original post.
  • Save text and images directly to my computer via OneNote.
  • OneNote automatically puts the reference under the copied insert and you can also quickly capture screen shots.
  • OneNote saves everything automatically and once you’re done you can go sort through the “unfiled notes” and drag and drop them into the notebooks and sections and rename any pages.

We usually use Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree devotionals.  Here is a good overview set out in a basic table at The Voice with the dates, person, event/ theme, scripture and symbol.

This year I decided to let my youngest make a wire tree.

We looked for a suitable rock. It be flattish underneath.  We found a great heart-shaped rock!

We used thin binding wire bought at a general hardware store.  Most our wire pieces were about 1m long.  A simple wrap around the rock and twist started the process.We kept adding more wires from different angles around the rock and twisted them all together.  Maybe 12 or so pieces formed the basic tree. We then folded each wire end doubled back to the trunk and twisted the wire to form a branch with a little looped end. 

We twisted several different length branches together to form a fairly sturdy branch with its side branches.

Finally we twisted some wire around the roots to bind them together and prevent them slipping off the curved sides of the rock.

A few more twists, added a few more branches, arranged the shape of the tree and it was done.

Now it is ready for our clay Jesse Tree ornaments.

Have you prepared for Advent?

Blessings,