We are kind of excited about this simple crumpled newspaper fall tree craft.
Corrugated cardboard is a favorite material of ours. The texture of the ridges in the cardboard adds a great feel to any project. I love the earthy look that the cardboard brings to the tree trunk. The crumpled newspaper was fun to work with and form and it added another element of texture to this pretty mixed media project.
What you will need:
Watercolor paints or acrylics
Medicine dropper or paint brush
Cut a piece of cardboard into a tree trunk shape. To create the cool texture of the trunk, peel back some of the cardboard to reveal the ridges. You can peel back as little or as much as you like.
Use school glue to glue your trunk down to a piece of construction paper.
This part is fun and can get messy. You can choose to crumple up one large piece of newspaper into a ball or form a few smaller balls.
Squeeze glue all over your newspaper balls and form them and press them onto the top of the trunk.
You might need to add more glue under parts of your newspaper ball once you find your placement.
We tried painting our tree in two different methods.
The first was by using a dropper and dropping liquid watercolors all over the newspaper. We use red, green, yellow and orange watercolors.
My daughter added a few extra drops of color around the paper to form falling leaves and one big spot on the trunk for a squirrel hole. The dropper method was fun. My five year old preferred this to the next method, which was just painting with paint brushes and acrylics.
I liked painting with the brush. It offered more control and less of a mess, but I think that both offered beautiful results.
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