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Hapa zome Christmas trees

A festive leaf bashing activity to create a natural tree decoration.

Art & Creating


Hapa zome is really fun and is such a simple and satisfying activity. Particularly suited to anyone who likes bashing with a hammer!

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one - often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • flat base to hammer onto
  • hammer
  • calico/cotton
  • wooden discs/counters
  • string
  • christmas tree shaped fern fronds or leaves

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of leaf bashing material

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use


Make sure you have a firm flat base to hammer on to.
See our hapa zome and hapa zome – wooden decorations posts for more detailed instructions.

Art & Creating

Step #1

Place the frond or leaf onto the piece of wood you want to print on to.

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Step #2

Cover it with a piece of fabric and gently tap it with a hammer all over.

Step #3

Gently peel away the fabric to reveal your Christmas tree-shaped print.

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Step #4

Use pens or paints to add a trunk, baubles and other decorations to make your tree look really Christmassy.


  • use the discs for decorations or as festive noughts & crosses counters
  • cut the fabric pieces into triangles and attach together to create Christmas tree bunting.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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