Tuesday, July 2, 2013

5 Tree Inspired Art Projects for Kids - Summer Art

School is out and the kids are raring to go.  This summer get your kids inspired by nature and try your hand at one of these fun art ideas that all stem from trees.

5 Tree Inspired Art Projects for Kids - Summer Art

Hand print/Fingerprint Trees:

Look carefully and you will see a special secret hiding in this tree.  Yes, your child's hand has formed the trunk and their fingerprints are falling leaves!

Materials Needed:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Paints in fall colours - brown, red, orange, yellow, green
  • Paper Towels
  • Green paper - optional
  • Scissors - optional
  • Glue - optional


  1. Dip their hand in brown paint and place a hand print in the middle of the page with fingers open.
  2. Dip their fingers back in the brown paint and use them to draw the trunk of the tree.
  3. Now let their imaginations go wild as they dip their fingers in the other colours and make fingerprint leaves.
  4. Optional : Have them cut a strip of green paper the same width as your large piece.  Have them cut into the paper every 1 cm to create grass.  Glue to the bottom of the page.

Recycled Trees:

These are simple to make and everything except the original piece of paper and the water colours came out of the recycle bin.

Materials Needed:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Paint - blue and green
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of brown paper
  • Scraps of tissue paper - greens, yellows, reds
  • Old coloured plastic bags


  1. Paint the background of the picture.  Paint the top 1/2 blue and the bottom half green.  Allow to dry.
  2. Cut out some tree trunks from the scraps of brown paper.  Glue them to the background.
  3. Using different materials, create tree tops and attach them to the trees.

Melting Crayon Trees:

You may have seen these melted crayon canvases popping up on the Internet.  Instead of just a blank canvas, why not paint a scene first.  You could even choose your crayon colours based on the season you want to represent with your tree.

Materials Needed:

  • Art canvas (usually found at dollar stores)
  • Large box of crayons
  • Glue
  • Paint (black)
  • Paint brushes
  • Hair dryer


  1. Glue the crayons, tips facing down) onto the top of your canvas in a straight line. Allow to dry.
  2. Using the black paint, create your tree to fill the remaining space on the canvas. Allow to dry.
  3. Using a hair dryer, aim the heat at the crayons so that they begin to melt.  
  4. Stop when you have achieved the look you like.

Pop Art Trees:

This is a great project for those younger kids because it doesn't take a lot of skill but they will be impressed (and so will you) with the results.

Materials needed:

  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Photocopied picture of a tree (either you or the child can draw it)
  • Paint in various colours (minimum 4 colours)
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black paper for matting (slightly larger than the white paper)


  1. Divide the white paper evenly into 4 sections.
  2. Paint each section a different colour.  Allow to dry.
  3. Paint 4 trees in 4 different colours.  Allow to dry.
  4. Cut out each tree.
  5. Glue a tree in each of the 4 quadrants you painted.  Make sure to glue trees that are a different colour than the background.
  6. Paste your paper onto the black matting paper to make it pop even more.

NOTE:  No access to a photocopier?  No worries.  Draw the same tree 4 times or draw 4 different trees, it will still POP!

Kandinsky-esk Trees:

Colour and creativity abound with these trees inspired by Kandinsky.

Materials Needed:

  • Large piece of white paper
  • Smaller pieces of white paper
  • Old magazines
  • Glue
  • Paint - black and green
  • Scissors
  • Pastels, paints or markers


  1. Tear up pieces of your old magazines and glue them on the large piece of white paper.  Cover the entire surface. Allow to dry.
  2. Paint an abstract tree using black paint on the background.  Use the green to paint grass.  Allow to dry.
  3. While that is drying, create concentric circles on the smaller pieces of white paper and colour them various colours using either pastels, paints or markers.
  4. Cut out your concentric circles.
  5. Glue the circles onto the background.

1 comment :

  1. Wow! I really love these ideas! Bookmarking this for future reference! I love kid art and I know my little one will love doing these!


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