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!
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
- Green Do-A-Dot Paint
- 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.
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.
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).
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:
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!