We are so thrilled about how our fall tree craft turned out this year. Who knew some odds and ends puzzle pieces could make such a work of art!

Materials:

  • brown paper bag (the kind you use for a bag lunch)
  • construction paper (we used blue for the color of the sky)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • puzzle pieces
  • red, yellow, orange and green paint
  • paper plate
  • paintbrush
  • fork

Instructions

  1. Start by making a tree trunk and branches out of the brown paper bag. After cutting strips off the bag (larger one for the trunk, smaller ones for the branches), scrunch them up to look like wrinkly tree bark and glue them onto a blue (color is optional) piece of paper.
  2. Make the leaves out of puzzle pieces. We used some from puzzles that were missing too many pieces to keep anymore. To get a cool marbled effect, put squirts of red, yellow and orange paint next to each other on the plate.

    Then, with the end of your paintbrush, swirl the colors together until they look marbled. Dab your brush into the paint and then onto the white side of the puzzle piece. NOTE: Dab the paint carefully to transfer the marble. If you brush the pieces, the colors will just blend into one color.

  3. While the puzzle pieces are drying, used a fork and green paint to make grass on the bottom of the paper (around the trunk). Once the puzzle pieces are dry, use glue to place them all over the tree. We overlapped some of the puzzle pieces to give it more dimension.
  4. This craft was fun and allowed my children to be creative—Luke even said it really looked like the leaves were falling from the trees! Enjoy this craft and have a lovely fall season.

Rachel Nipper is a mother of three who has a love for children's literature and arts and crafts. At her blog, I Heart Crafty Things, you will find hundreds of fun and simple children's crafts coupled with corresponding books to enjoy with your children.

You Might Also Like

  • Teaching for Christ

    I am on my third year homeschooling four kids ages 2-7. Although the idea of being around your kid 24/7 can seem overwhelming, it actually has been quite a blessing.  I thought I was here to teach them, when in fact they have taught me more about who I am as a person.  I love being my children’s mother, caregiver and most importantly, teacher.  A teacher leads by example, not demands. A mother loves unconditionally. They have the best of both worlds – even with my imperfections! 

  • Justina Jones

    My older sister, Elizabeth, went to public school. I wanted to do school at home instead of Arbor Station.  My older sister got a 3.9 average in high school and graduated in 2003. I attended Arbor Station Elementary School for four years. Miss Holt was my second grade teacher. Ms. Conforti was my third grade teacher. Mrs. Rigdon was my first grade teacher. Mrs. Turner was my older sister’s science teacher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-McDonald/100000256379174 James McDonald

    Ada, Legend of a Healer is a great book!

  • Nick

    very good post

  • sand

    Bigoted, much? I am a “fundie evangelical” and I also have multiple science related degrees. After 27 years of education, including post doctoral, and fellowship, etc etc, all in the biomedical sciences, I can say that it matters not one bit to me what people believe about prehistory, geology, or evolution. Most scientists that I know don’t use those ideas in their daily work. I can also say that your “god’s punishment for gays” slur is not worth contradicting. Because it is difficult to have a rational conversation with a bigot. Sorry your mind is closed so very tightly.

  • Zephod Beeblebrox

    Where is your research Erik? If you had bothered you would know almost half of all home schollers are secular homeschooling thier G/T special needs kids due to inadequate schools in affordable neighborhoods. Instead of antidotal, misinformed media based opinions you might want to use that scietific method and actually get to know the subject you post about. My 7 y/o is now more deeply involved in science (via robotics club, quantum mechanics,cosmology meet group, gardening/weather watch) than he ever could be in a
    traditional school setting – especially for his age.

  • Zephod Beeblebrox

    Very sorry this happened to your child – but the child that did this could have been public schooled as well – many of my secular friends homeschool becasue of the bullies and physical abuse their children endured in public school. This is one child who happened to be homeschooled – she did not do what she did because of the homeschooling.

  • Zephod Beeblebrox

    Maybe they are being homeschooled because they have social issues? That is one of the many reasons we homeschool….

  • Zephod Beeblebrox

    Same here – just because the books are secular doesn’t mean
    the people presenting are…not all religious folks interject their beliefs,
    but from k – 1st grade we spent so much time correcting negative fed back our
    son was getting because his teachers did not understand scientific method or
    had a decent background in science – it was healthier to pull him out. Holidays were hilarious – the whole Santa/easter bunny thing was very hard for him.

  • Stacie1711

    You can either post your email to this post, or you can email me at sth1380@aol.com