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Fall Tree Cork Painting Craft for Kids

Over the past year or so I have started noticing a trend. If you craft with your kids, I bet you have noticed it too. Slowly but surely, the walls of our house are becoming an art gallery of art and craft projects I have done with Sweet Pea. So, naturally I am always trying to come up with cute, wall-hanging worthy, projects for us to do together. This Fall Tree Cork Painting Craft for Kids was very easy to do, Sweet Pea loved it, and yep.. it is proudly hanging in our living room. Read on to see how we created it!

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

Fall Tree Cork Painting Craft for Kids

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Materials Needed:

  • 8×10 blank canvas
  • Acrylic Paint in the following colors: brown, green, red, orange, yellow (note: you can also get various shades of these colors for a more ‘complex’ painting)
  • 2 Foam paintbrushes (for the tree and grass)
  • 1 cork for each paint color you use
  • 1 paper plate

How to Make the Craft:

  • The night before I planned to do this craft with Sweet Pea, I painted a tree and grass on the canvas. There is really no right or wrong way to paint the tree. It is pretty simple. The only thing you need to do is paint numerous branches. Let the canvas dry overnight.

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

  • Squirt a small amount of each color acrylic paint onto a paper plate (or another paint palette). I used a paper plate only because it was available and cheap.

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

  • Stick one cork into each paint squirt and set up the paint palette next to the canvas.

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

  • Don smocks and have fun!

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

I loved this craft because Sweet Pea, in her preschooler exuberance, wanted to paint everything. However, I was able to use this craft to work on listening to directions with her. So, to prepare I told her we would be stamping, not mushing paint everywhere. She would be free to paint the leaves where she wanted, but we did want to paint a tree. Once she got started, she quickly asked me to create the tree with her. We had so much fun! I especially love that some of her ‘interpretative’ leaf stamps could easily be construed as falling leaves. It is quite beautiful actually.

Would you like to know the best part of the craft though? After the paint dried, I hung the painting in our living room and Sweet Pea immediately exclaimed, ‘We made that Mommy!’ Talk about leaving a warm spot on your heart.

fall tree cork painting craft for kids

Do you have a similar story? What kinds of art projects do you like to create with your kids? I would love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for reading!
Sara

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Joy Healy

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

For sure, not only is your painting a keeper, so is your Sweetpea!!

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