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Posted on Sep 6 2013 - 1:00am by Jill
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The kids and I LOVE the Fall season. We especially love it when the trees around our home change color right before our eyes. We think that it is Mother Nature’s way of painting artwork since every year (as with any art project) the “painting” looks different. For years the kids and I have enjoyed making our Wormy Apple Art Projects but as the kids are growing older I wanted to add a seasonal art project that added some new art techniques and steps for them to follow. To do this I have created the Fall Tree Hand Banner art project!

Fall Tree Hand Banner

To make your own Fall Tree Hand Banner you will need the following materials:

  • White/Cream colored construction paper
  • A stick from your yard (I recommend one that is close to 12 inches in length)
  • Coffee filters (white)
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Green Do-A-Dot Paint
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Yarn or ribbon (Optional if you would like to hang your banner by the ends of the stick. We choose to hang our banners on our Artwork/schoolwork Display hooks)

First, I used a hot glue gun and attached the sticks that Beck and Elizabeth selected to their pieces of construction paper.

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Next, Beck and Elizabeth painted one of their hands (from the tip of the finger to the bottom of their wrists to make a tree trunk) with brown washable paint. Then, they pressed their hands onto their pieces of construction paper.

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Then, while the paint dried, Beck cut out a bunch of leaf shapes from white coffee filters. While I read the Fall themed storybook, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Beck and Elizabeth used markers to decorate their coffee filter leaves. This gives the leaves a beautiful translucent and almost stained glass appearance. Elizabeth loved decorating her leaves and got very creative. If you look at some of her leaves she made what she called “leaf people” to live on her tree. Beck enjoyed creating some spider webs on several of his leaves (since the tree he found the stick near had several ornate spider webs on it).

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Lastly, Beck and Elizabeth lightly glued their completed leaves onto their hand print trees. Then they decided to use some green Do-A-Dot paint to make a grassy hill near their trees. Here are their completed pieces of artwork that are hanging in our hallway:

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Fall Tree Hand Banner

Next week I plan to have both of the children write a Fall themed poem about their trees that we will glue onto the back of their banners. This project not only makes a gorgeous piece of artwork to hang in your home, but it also teaches children multiple different art skills while they make a lovely piece of keepsake artwork!


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  • pinkflamingohandcrafting

    What a cute idea! And messy too which kids always love!

  • Super cute!! Perfect to get ready for fall weather!!

  • Cute idea, we love fall too and will be trying this project this week for art!

  • Another wonderful creative idea to add to my list! Thanks for linking up.

  • I love this, it is a great craft for any age (well the little ones may need help cutting but that's it). Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That Wednesday!

  • CraftyMomsShare

    What a cute idea!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  • annageig

    Very cute craft! Thanks so much for sharing at After School!

  • Thanks for sharing on our After School Party, I've pinned it onto our After school Pinterest Board. Excited for the arrival of fall and I know my daughter will love making this!

  • learnwithplayathome

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tots. I'm featuring this post on Learn with Play at Home this week. 🙂

  • Love it! Featuring it later today on my after school post!

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  • Adorable Banner!

  • Such a cute idea! I love all crafts that uses the kids hands!!

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