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Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Tree Craft

I am soooooo excited about how our Fall Tree Craft turned out this year. Who knew some odd and end puzzle pieces could make such a work of art!


We started by making our tree trunk and branches out of a brown paper sack. After cutting strips off the paper bag (larger one for the trunk, smaller ones for the branches) scrunch them up and glue them onto a blue piece of paper.


For the leaves we used a collection of puzzle pieces we had from our game cupboard from puzzles that were missing too many pieces to keep anymore. We used smaller puzzle pieces like the 100 piece ones from the dollar store. If you don't have any to spare at home, just go buy a $1 puzzle from the Dollar Tree.


To get the cool marbled effect on the puzzle pieces I put a squirt of red, yellow and orange acrylic paint next to each other on a plate. (I wish I would have got a picture of this part, sorry!) Then with the end of our paintbrush, we swirled the colors together until they looked marbled. Then we dabbed our paintbrush into the paint and dabbed it onto the white side of the puzzle piece. If you don't dab the paint onto the puzzle pieces it won't transfer the marble effect onto the puzzle pieces. If you brush the pieces, the colors will just blend into one color. Hope this makes sense.

While our puzzle pieces were drying, we used a fork and green paint to make grass on the bottom of our paper. Once the puzzle pieces were dry, we used lots of school glue to put them all over our tree. 
We overlapped some of the puzzle pieces to give it more dimension.


 I LOVE THIS TREE!! Luke said to me today that it really looks like leaves are going to fall off the tree. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably have just started with a white sheet of paper and had the boys paint the background blue with watercolors to give it even more dimension.

It seems a bit early to be doing Fall crafts since none of the leaves around here are changing colors yet, but I don't care. It just gives us something to look forward to over the next month. In anticipation for Autumn to come, we picked up these two books at the library.
 
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey
A fun book about all the changes that Fall brings. I love this book not only because of it's simplicity, but because it seriously talks about all the reasons why Fall is my FAVORITE season! It makes me so giddy just thinking about all the fun this season brings.
 
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
This book talks about what Fall brings as well, except the little boy in the story gets it all mixed up; i.e., "Apples turn orange, pumpkins turn red, Leaves float up into blue skies overhead." It is fun to read to the kids for them to laugh about the mishaps in the book. After reading it, you go back through and find all the mistakes.

Happy Crafting!!

I like to link my posts up to THESE great link parties.

rachel

18 comments:

megandw said... Best Blogger Tips

This tree is *darling*...can't wait to try it with my kindergarteners!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

You've got such great tree craft ideas! We're going to do this one and the apple one from the other day. Thanks!

Janiene Bishop said... Best Blogger Tips

Only 2 comments on this???? This post is seriously AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! You are awesome Rachel. Thanks for helping the unimaginative Mommies (like me) get inspiration and ideas from you to do crafts with our kiddos! :)

Tulip TrueAim said... Best Blogger Tips

Really awesome! It makes such a great piece of art and it is so easy for the littles.

Smallgood said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea for a puzzle that's now missing pieces. Fall is easily my favorite season, so I like the colors of this though I suppose it could be a spring tree if adjusted to green. Awesome, awesome!

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Whoa! That is TOTALLY awesome! I love your choice of materials. Thanks for sharing!!

Barbara said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that! Very very cool!

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Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I love this one too!! We will definitely be trying some of your fall tree ideas. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the fall tree. I'm your newest follower. Saw you on Crafty Moms Share. Hope you can follow me back!
Be blessed,
Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
www.heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the puzzle pieces as leaves! So creative! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

Maysem said... Best Blogger Tips

What a neat idea?! I love it.. pinning it:D

Kim @ The Learning Hypothesis said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this... what a great way to use those failed puzzles! Thanks for sharing.

Jess from Coxs Corner said... Best Blogger Tips

Rachel, I am so glad that you linked up! I love this tree it is so fun! Thank you so much for sharing at Artsy Corner! Please share your talent with us next week! I am always so inspired by it!

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I have been looking for activities to do with my daughter, and this is perfect!
So glad you shared at Artsy Corner!

Mama Jodi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. I did it with my daughter and will be linking back to you tomorrow at www.meaningfulmama.com. Found you on Pinterest. Glad I did.

Edna Wallace said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so original and a great way to recycle puzzles with missing pieces. I pinned it a while back and it has taken on a life of it's own! Thanks, Edna wallace

Cindy deRosier said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your puzzle piece tree! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/puzzle-piece-tree/

Thanks for an awesome project idea!

Bobbie - Clumsy Crafter said... Best Blogger Tips

My kids would love this project! Thanks.

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