We’ve got a super fun fall kids craft for you this week – and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. This craft takes a little bit of prep, but once the materials are gathered, it’s a ton of fun! It’s a paper bag kids craft which actually great for all ages. We did our craft with three kids, ages 3-7, and it was loved by each of them.
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What you’ll need:
- Brown paper bag
- Paper towel roll
- Tissue paper in red and yellow
- Child friendly paint in green, orange, red, yellow and brown
- Paint brushes
- Crafting glue
- 12 x 12 white scrapbook paper
- Popsicle sticks (optional for swing)
- String or yarn (optional for swing)
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks (if making a swing)
- Leaf template found HERE
Paper Bag Tree Kids Craft for Thanksgiving
Firstly, print out the leaf template and trace it onto a paper bag and some coloured tissue paper. Each tree needs about 15-20 leaves.
Secondly, the tree trunk needs to be painted, using the brown coloured paint and then set aside.
While the tree trunks are drying, paint the “ground”. Using the 12×12 scrapbook paper, ask your child to paint the ground underneath the trees. This is fun to watch as most children will come up with their own way of doing it. We suggested using finger tips to make “fallen leaves” but only one of the three wanted to paint their picture that way!
While the kids are painting their ground scene, begin cutting the tree trunk. Make four cuts in the bottom of the paper towel roll, then pull the cut pieces up. Add some crafting glue to the bottom of the cut pieces then place it onto the painted scrapbook paper.
Next, make more cuts on the top of the tree trunk – thinner ones this time to create branches. Fold them down gently.
Using the crafting glue, glue the leaves to the tree branches.
*Optional* add a swing to the fall paper bag tree! This part will need to be done by the adults.
What’s an awesome backyard tree without a swing?? Cut a 2 inch piece from the popsicle stick using scissors. Add two pieces of string to the each side, securing with a hot glue gun. Tie a knot in to bring the strings together and then glue gun the knot to a lower “tree branch” on the paper towel tree.
Paper Towel Fall Tree
We hope you and your kids love this Paper Bag Tree Kids Craft for Thanksgiving! Looking for more amazing holiday DIY’s? Try our Leaf String Art .