November 4, 2010

Autumn Tree Craft

Autumn Tree Craft Instructions

paint (red, orange, yellow, green)
paper or plastic plate
large white paper
construction paper - brown and green
glue stick

1.  Pour moderate amounts of each paint color onto one paper (or plastic) plate
2.  Dip the sponge into each color.  Try not to mix the colors on the plate.  To help keep colors separate, dip just part of the sponge in each color.
3.  Sponge the paint onto the paper.

4.  Continue to fill the paper, if desired.  One of my children liked the look of sparse colors and chose to not cover the entire paper but left lots of white showing.  It created a different, but pleasing look in the finished project.

covering entire paper

completely covered paper

choosing to cover sparingly
5.  When the child is finished painting, allow the paint to dry completely.
6.  Using scissors cut a large 'cloud-like' shape from the sponge painted paper.
7.  Glue to top portion of a large sheet of paper.  This becomes the main foliage for the tree.

8.  Cut out a tree shape including base, trunk, and several branches from the brown paper.

9.  Glue tree on top of the large foliage.

10.  Cut out smaller pieces of the sponge painted paper.  (My preschooler found it easier to draw and cut the smaller pieces from the back side of the painted paper.)

11.  Affix these pieces on top of the branches of the tree.

12.  Using green paper create ground for your tree.

Completed tree with dense foliage
(child chose to fill entire paper with paint in step no. 4)

Completed tree with sparse foliage
(child chose to not cover the entire paper in step no. 4)


  1. This is so beautiful. I LLLOOOVVVEEE the fall and I can't wait to do this with my kids.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  2. These look great. Sorry I do not comment often. I have a hard time keeping up with my reader and trying to school the boys.

  3. Hi Dorie,
    I can't wait till my grand daughter gets a little bit older so we can get out the paints.
    This art project turned out wonderful-Very frame worthy!

    Have a great weekend,


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