The kids and I have been studying trees as part of our nature study time and last week we did a fun fall craft centered around trees. We made a red maple tree:
If you’d like to make a red maple of your own, here’s what you will need:
- 1 toilet paper tube
- 3-4 brown pipe cleaners
- red tissue paper
- brown paint
- (A pair of wire cutters is helpful but not essential. An old pair of scissors will work.)
Step 1: Pierce the toilet paper with four small holes, one at each of the 90 degree marks or as close as you can get to it. Use something small because you want the pipe cleaner to barely fit through the holes. If the holes are too big the pipe cleaner will rotate. I used a tiny screw driver (the type used for eyeglasses).
Step 2: Take two of the pipe cleaners and insert them on one side of the tube, then cross the middle to the other side and pull through.
Step 3: Use brown paint to paint the outside and top inside of the toilet paper tube.
Step 4: Bend the pipe cleaners to form branches.
Step 5: Clip the extra pipe cleaners into smaller pieces using wire cutters or old scissors.
Step 6: Twist the smaller pieces of pipe cleaner onto the pipe cleaner branches to make smaller branches or twigs.
Step 7: Cut the tissue paper into small squares (about 3/4 of an inch or so).
Step 8: Glue the tissue paper to the branches. Some of the kids just glued them as squares, but it also looks nice if you crumple the tissue up slightly before gluing it.
And there you have it, an Autumn colored red maple tree.