I have a confession to make. I used to be addicted to scrapbooking. It has been quite a few years since the last time I touched a scrapbook, but I still have a bin filled with pretty paper and scraps. These lovely mixed media Christmas trees were the perfect project to use up some of my old scraps and turn them into something beautiful.
We did a little bit of cleaning last week and stumbled across a ton of old scratched DVDs & CDs that do not play anymore. Since I hate throwing anything away, I was determined to make use of them. CDs are wonderful for a variety of crafts, but my favorite use for them is for making simple printmaking projects. These CD printed fall trees are quick, easy and perfect for the fall.
I love tree of life pendants and sculptures. They are just so pretty. I have wanted to do a tree of life craft for a while and this weekend, we finally did. We are so excited at how beautiful these came out. This paper plate tree of life craft is also great for working on those fine motor skills.
♫ Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, this fork painted Christmas tree craft is looooovely!! ♫
We love playing around with different painting methods., especially ones where we get to paint without brushes. If you have a disposable fork and some paint, you can make this pretty project today. This technique is fun, easy and perfect for painting Christmas trees or winter tree landscapes.
Here is an easy and gorgeous craft project for the fall.
I love the soft glow of luminaries in the fall. Luminaries are so enchanting and remind me of nighttime hayrides, cocoa and cozy over-sized sweaters. These paper bag fall luminaries are a quick an easy way to add a little bit of autumn magic to your home or to a classroom.
My daughter’s favorite series of chapter books is the Captain Underpants series. In this series of books, there is a mini section called the Flip-o-rama. It is a mini flip book within the existing story. My daughter loves this and has made several flip books of her own over the last few months. We have played around with them quite a bit and they have become a little bit of an obsession in our house. They are just so much fun to make. With fall on the way, we had a little fun with some fall themed flip books and we just had to share them with you. We have included printable tree templates to help get you going. These would be great to use for all seasons.
While cleaning out our kitchen the other day, I stumbled across a full package of brown paper lunch bags. We do not use them for lunches anymore… but oh! the crafting possibilities. When you have about 50 paper bags and a lazy weekend, what else is there to do but make a bunch of fall crafts.
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.
I love the reaction that occurs when you combine salt and watercolors. Salt paintings are a fun process that your kids will love.
Try sprinkling salt on a freshly painted watercolor picture and see what happens. It is lovely. Another cool process is painting on the salt with watercolors. This is a messy process, but a fun one that will certainly delight your kids. A word of warning, this technique is more about the process and the fun than the final product. There are changes that occur to the paintings upon drying. We have included some notes and suggestions about the salt paintings at the bottom of the post.