Fun Fall Tree

Hi, friends!  Today, I am so excited to introduce you to my new friend Vicky.  We have a lot in common, and I think you’re really going to enjoy this great kids’ craft she has to share with us.  And when you’re finished reading about her idea, head on over to her blog Mess for Less where I’m guest posting today to see the placecards Little Crafter and I made last Thanksgiving!
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Hello, One Artsy Mama readers!  My name is Vicky from Mess For Less and I am thrilled to be here guest posting today.  A big thank you to Amy, who never ceases to amaze me with her creativity.
As a former Kindergarten teacher and current mom of 3 kids (3 year old twins and an almost 2 year old), I am forever trying to think of ways to keep them busy, happy and learning.  We do lots of projects, activities and crafts at our place, and I love to share them with my readers. Since I am so thrifty, I aim to entertain my kids with things that are cheap or free.  I love scouring the dollar store for art supplies or using recyclables to create something fun.  
Today I am sharing an activity that uses both dollar store supplies and a recycled bag.  We will be making a Fall Tree that is perfect for this time of year!
Supplies you will need:
  • Clear contact paper
  • Tissue paper and construction paper in Fall colors
  • Scissors 
  • Marker
  • Large Paper Bag
  • Tape
I think this activity would work great using only tissue paper, but I did not have brown tissue paper and didn’t want to buy some just for this craft.  So I used brown construction paper and it worked well.  Use what you have is my motto.  You will want to tear your Fall colored paper into small pieces between 1-2 inches long.  No need to be precise here.  If you have older kids this would be a great thing for them to do.  Most kids love tearing paper and it’s a good activity for developing hand strength.  
Next you will take a length of contact paper, peel it away from the backing, and tape it to the table.  The length of contact paper you use will depend on your surface.  For one of my twins I used a long sheet of contact paper because she had a big work space.  My youngest did the activity in her high chair, so she had a smaller piece of paper.  You will be cutting leaves from this contact paper later, so make sure you have enough to trace a good number of leaves.
Next, have your child cover the entire sheet of contact paper with the torn tissue paper.  
When they have finished this step, you will take over.  Cut another piece of contact paper that will fit over the first, and stick it on so the torn paper is sandwiched in between.  
Next, you will want to use a large paper bag.  I found a Trader Joe’s bag works well, but what’s my motto?  That’s right, use what you have!  You guys have been paying attention.
Cut off the handles and cut open the bag so it looks like this.
Now comes the trickiest part for me.  Draw and cut out a tree.  I must confess, drawing is not my thing.  The first tree I made for this project looked like a Menorah.  Really. I’ll share at the end.  Hubby helped me fix the tree so it  looks less like a Menorah.  
Remember those sheets of pretty contact paper the kids made?  Now you will be cutting leaves out of that.  Being that I can’t draw, I used a template of a leaf to trace the one below that looks like a maple leaf.  I was able to freehand the light bulb looking leaf using a marker.  Cut out as many leaves as you can from your contact paper.  
Now you can involve the kids again.  Put some tape on the back of the leaves and let the kids hang them on the tree. 
My kids loved doing this so much that at various times over the past few days, I have removed all the leaves so they could stick them back on the tree.
Finally, you will be left with a pretty Fall tree.  Or if you you are me, possibly a Menorah.  See?  
I am grateful to my wonderful husband who is not only my blogging tech support, but my tree fixer.  Here is his improved tree.
It was so great sharing with you all!  If you want to check out what Amy is up to today, head over to Mess For Less, where she will teach you how to make some adorable Turkey Place Cards.  Thanks Amy, I had a great time here!

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And thank YOU, Vicky, for sharing such a fun craft idea with us!  As a matter of fact, Little Crafter and I were so inspired that we made our own tree the very next day after I received this post.  We were babysitting a 4 year old friend of the family too, so she helped us out.  Both kids had a blast making the leaves and placing them on the branches.  Here’s how it turned out for the Artsy Family…

Thanks again, Vicky, for the idea and for a fun afternoon in Artsy Mama land!
  Hope you all have a wonderful day, and don’t forget to stop by the {Our} Home for the Holidays party for more seasonal inspiration!
Happy Crafting
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15 comments on Fun Fall Tree

  1. I am LOVD
    November 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM (2 years ago)

    When my son was little we used to do this, too! Ahh, those sweet memories are flooding my mind and making me feel all warm inside!!

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  2. Terry
    November 9, 2011 at 6:11 PM (2 years ago)

    Great idea. Too funny about the menorah, lol.

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  3. The mum of all trades
    November 9, 2011 at 9:56 PM (2 years ago)

    That looks like a really fun craft. Such beautiful children

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  4. Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things
    November 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM (2 years ago)

    How cute! I love how both trees turned out. Oh and I looked at your Turkey Place Cards on Mess for Less…ADORABLE! Such a great idea!

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  5. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    November 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM (2 years ago)

    I bet your little ones had a ton of fun with this! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  6. {Junk in their Trunk}
    November 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM (2 years ago)

    What a great idea and so fun for the little ones!! I would love for you to come share at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday_08.html

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  7. Stuff and Nonsense
    November 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM (2 years ago)

    that contact tissue paper idea
    is pretty fabulous

    what a fun and creative activity
    for the kidlets to do in autumn

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!

    alison

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  8. Carrie
    November 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM (2 years ago)

    How fun and beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Crafty Moms Share!

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  9. Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare
    November 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM (2 years ago)

    Super cute, love both crafts! I really like the contact paper craft.

    Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!
    Lori

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  10. Laura @Art For Little Hands
    November 19, 2011 at 3:01 AM (2 years ago)

    What a cute idea! I like both your blog and hers. So glad to see these posts! Thanks for sharing with Monday Madness.

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  11. Brooke @ Let Kids Create
    November 19, 2011 at 6:59 AM (2 years ago)

    What a fun way to use the contact paper by cutting out the leaf shapes. Thanks for sharing on Monday madness.

    Reply

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