Crafting With Kids — Fall Paper Bag Tree

This month’s craft comes to us from Miss Terry here at the Main Library.  Miss Terry made a fabulous fall tree out of a paper bag with colorful bits of torn up paper for the leaves.  There are infinite ways you can create and decorate your tree!  Try making one for each season and let the kids decorate them for spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Here’s how to make this awesome autumn tree:

You’ll Need …

  • a brown paper bag
  • colored paper (orange, red, brown, yellow, etc.)
  • white school glue
  • potpourri if desired (if potpourri is used, add a small amount to the paper sack before twisting it shut)

Instructions for Building …

  1. Cut or tear strips of the paper sack down approximately halfway down the sack.
  2. Twist middle section of sack closed.
  3. Carefully twist each section of cut/torn paper into branches.
  4. Flatten branches with fingers.
  5. Cut or tear small pieces of colored paper for leaves.
  6. Glue pieces of paper onto limbs of tree. Leaves can also be glued to the base of the tree to look like they are on the ground.

And there you have it–your own fall tree that will keep it’s colorful leaves all season long.  You’d better make this before too much time passes, because it looks like we are in for an early fall; the leaves are already starting to change and the weather is getting cooler.

Thanks, Miss Terry, for a great craft to celebrate fall!


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