Create Tree Art With These Fall Crafts for Kids

By Zui • Arts & Crafts • 10 Nov 2011

I prefer handmade artwork on the walls in our house.  There’s something special about hanging art that has been made with love.   We have very few pieces of store bought art.  This latest art collection I made with the twins and is proudly hanging in our dining room.

Arts and Crafts Tree Design

Craft fall trees to hang on your wall.

We began this project by heading to the park one afternoon after school and collected a few sticks.   The canvasses were on sale at Aaron Brothers (buy 1, get 1 free).

Here’s how these fun fall crafts for kids are made.

Each tree design begins by gluing sticks to the canvas using hot glue.

Fall Crafts for Kids

Take your kids to the park or hiking to collect sticks for this project.

The Glitter Tree

  • Sketch leaves onto the canvas around the branches.
  • Have your child apply glue to each leaf using a paintbrush (one at a time)
  • Sprinkle glitter over each leaf. Once dry, stand the canvas on its end and gently tap any excess glitter off.
Fall Activities for Grade School Age Children

Turn ordinary sticks into works of art.

The Button Tree

  • Have your child place buttons around the branches of the tree.
  • Once they have decided where all of the buttons will go, they can apply glue to the back of each and stick it back in place.
Fall Tree Craft Projects

You can make a wide variety of tree art.

The Fabric Tree

  • Cut leaf shapes out of scraps of fabric.
  • Turn the leaves over and apply mod podge to the reverse side and set aside to dry.
  • As the leaves dry they will naturally curl a little.
  • Attach each leaf to the canvas using a small amount of hot glue.

The Seed Tree

  • Turn the oven onto 300F degrees.
  • Place assorted seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower) in bowls.
  • Add in enough water to cover the seeds
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each bowl.
  • Mix in a couple of drops of food dye.  Add more dye if you want a darker color.  Mix and set aside for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Spread seeds out onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until dry.
  • Once cooled, combine the seeds in a bowl.
  • Brush glue onto the canvas and sprinkle the seeds over the top.  Once dry stand the canvas on its end and tap off any excess.
How to Dye Seeds

Dye seeds in as many beautiful colors as you like.

Set your canvasses aside to dry.

Tip:  Don’t set them within reach of your dog or you could end up re-doing one like I did.  Who knew my dog loved sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

You can make these with a variety of items – leaf stamps, pom poms, paper, yarn, sequins.

Fall Crafts for Elementary School Children

Fall art made with love for your walls.

Have you made any fun fall crafts with your kids?  I’d love to hear about them.  Let me know in the comments below.

KidZui Mom

Tonya Staab is a freelance writer, and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore where she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning and travel tips.  She has three kids (twin kindergarteners and a teen) and can often be found covered in flour and glitter.

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17 Responses

  1. These trees are adorable. I love that they are made with everyday items that won’t cost a fortune. Yours turned out great.

  2. I love it! What a great project for the kids.

  3. Laila @OnlyLaila

    I love this! very simple yet fun art!

  4. Rachel Appleby

    I really like this and my kids love doing things like this, thanks for sharing.

  5. Allison

    We’ll be trying this in my classroom of 2.5-4 year olds next week! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    • Zui

      That’s great, Allison! We’d love to hear how it goes and see some pictures of what your students come up with!

  6. Guess Im going to sneak over to next door and find me some sticks, SHHHHHHH don’t tell, But I JUST HAVE to make some of these. !!! Gerry

  7. Linda

    I don’t have a website yet. But I teach children crafts. What a great project you have come up with. Thank you for sharing. Linda Reilly

  8. I can’t wait to try this. My children will love creating these trees with me. Thank you for posting it. Time to pin it ;-)

  9. Patsy

    I will also try this idea with my 4 years old children in my class (in Belgium). I love this new idea for our art exhibition. Thanks ;)

  10. Lisa

    I did this tonight with my 11 yr, 8yr and 2 yr old. They had a blast !!! Thank you for the great fun activity!!

  11. It’ wonderful!!!… thanks…I will try to do this project with my children too…
    grazie… un progetto davvero bello…lo farò sicuramente con i miei ragazzi
    Francesca Scalabrini

  12. Why doesn’t this website work in Internet explorer? I had to switch to firefox to read the content. Not a big deal, but annoying for somebody that loathes using firefox. I generally wouldn’t
    care that much, however I actually wanted to read more.

  13. Kristy

    Thank you for this idea! We are trying it this week!

  14. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We are doing this with our homeschooling group on Friday and I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing!

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