February 6, 2012

Fall or Spring Trees

These freestanding sculptures make me beyond happy.
Third grade makes these beautiful sculptures. 
They can either be done in the fall (as seen in the pictures) or the spring.
We make them out of brown lunch bags and tissue paper.
First, we practice using rulers to draw the lines we will eventually cut.
We make 3-4 cuts on the larger sides and 2 cuts on the smaller sides.
(The cuts go about 4 inches deep from the top of the open side of the bag)
That means you end up with 14-16 branches.
Hold the bottom with one hand and twist with the other to form a tree trunk.
Crunch and twist each branch in your hand.
Once you have your tree form add 3-4 green squares of tissue paper on each branch.
Then spread the color tissue paper throughout the branches.
If you are doing a spring tree, just use pastel colors for the blossoms.
Tip: If there are some trees that are having trouble standing, tape a penny to the bottom.

10 comments:

  1. These are just lovely! I usually see them in a Halloween theme, but I just love the leaves and blossoms. Nice work. PS-- I added you to my blog list at My Adventures...

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    1. Thanks Renee, I like the idea of Halloween theme too. And thanks for adding me to your blog roll!

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  2. These are so pretty! Are they at all 'tippy'?

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    1. They aren't too tippy. I did mention though that if they are having trouble standing then tape a penny to the bottom. That totally keeps them from falling over. :)

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  3. Love this idea! We are going to make some for our forest diorama. When I post on my blog I will link back.

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  4. I was looking for some simple paper tree making blogs and chanced upon this one. Thank you so much for showing us how complex looking super creative trees can be simply created. I so needed this for my son's project work on afforestation and deforestation.
    Very grateful to you Jen!!! Stay blessed!

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  5. sensational idea. congratulations for your creativity

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  6. Hi, Great art project! Just a quick question, can you please tell me how did you attach the tissue paper leaves to the branch without them falling off? Thanks :)

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    1. Just a dot of Elmer's glue and hold for 10 seconds. :)

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  7. What size are the bags? I notice they do not have a store logo. Did you buy them at a craft store?

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