Autumn Cardboard Glitter Tree

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

When it comes to kids crafts, recycling and reusing is the way forward. It encourages creativity and kids love the process of transformation, for a box or bottle top can become anything the imagination desires. Today, I have a simple and rather sweet Autumn Cardboard Glitter Tree to show you, that reuses an old cardboard box to create a shapely geometric tree that requires a little thought to assemble… I suppose it could be considered a puzzle.

And while we have chosen to use glitter to decorate our cardboard leaves, if glitter is not for you (as not everyone loves it or the potential mess), it could easily be replaced with paint, tissue paper or better yet, perhaps an old piece of art work could be cut up into leaf shapes.

Maybe you could try all of the above with the kids!

For our glitter tree, here’s what you need!

Autumn Cardboard Glitter Tree: Materials and Supplies

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Cardboard
Glitter
PVA Glue
Stock Card
Scissors

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

Step 1. Cut up an old cardboard box into smaller segments and create several long triangular shapes or varying lengths and widths.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

Step 2. Assemble into a ‘tree’ shape and secure with glue.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

Your Arty Crafty Kids may wish to play around with the cardboard pieces before committing to a final shape.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

Step 3. Next, cut out a number of ‘leaf’ shapes of varying shapes and sizes.

This will be great scissor practice for little hands!

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children! Step 4. Place the cardboard leaves into a tray, cover one side with a generous amount of PVA glue and then cover with glitter, using Autumnal shades of red, gold, green and orange.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Cardboard Autumn Glitter Tree | A colourful Autumn tree craft using cut up recycled cardboard to assemble a tree. Great fine motor activity for young children!

Step 5. Once the leaves are dry, shake off the excess glitter and then add the cardboard leaves to the tree, securing with more PVA glue.

My kids attached a few leaves directly on onto the backing card and others on the tree.

The Autumn Cardboard Glitter Tree is now complete! 

For more fabulous Autumn crafts, check out: 

Autumn Handprint Tree 

Autumn Bubble Wrap Tree 

Autumn Leaf Art

24 Creative Autumn Crafts for Kids

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Creative Fall Crafts for Kids

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Autumn Crafts | 30 Fabulous and Creative Fall Crafts for Kids! Find Scarecrows, Autumn Trees, Leaf Crafts, Owl Crafts and more... #fallcrafts #autumncrafts

Autumn is upon us and our seasonal crafting is in full swing. Today I have the pleasure of featuring 30 Fabulously Creative Fall Crafts for Kids that offer lots of cutting, sticking, gluing, painting and even weaving to keep little hands busy!

Entwined within this collection, you will notice a number of Black Glue Projects…

Black Glue is an awesome material for crafts and will add a definite wow factor against the autumnal shades featured within this post. You will find 6 crafts that incorporate black glue and I hope they’ll inspire you to give this very cool medium a try. Black glue is easy to make, cheap and super fun!

Without further adieu, let’s take a look…

30 Fabulously Creative Fall Crafts for Kids 

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Yarn Wrapped Autumn Leaves by the Imagination Tree

Gorgeous Accordion Fold Autumn Leaves by Pink Stripey Socks

Adorable Paper Plate Hedgehog with gorgeous strokable spikes – Arty Crafty Kids

Beautiful Autumn Leaf Pumpkins – Alisa Burke

Black Glue Autumn Tree Art Project – Arty Crafty Kids

Black Glue Autumn Leaf Bookmarks – Red Ted Art

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Squeeze Painted Pumpkin Turkey – Hello Wonderful

Stunning Pop Art Apple Craft – Art Campla

Recycled Cardboard Owl Collages – A super easy Art Project for Kids! Arty Crafty Kids

Black Glue Autumn Leaf – Rhythms of Play

Unique Pebble Transformation Autumn Tree – Arty Crafty Kids

Beautiful Yarn Pumpkins – One Little Project

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Autumn Leaf Painting by Arty Crafty Kids

Animal Leaf Art by Ko Ko Ko Kids

Black Glue Sweetcorn Craft by Sunshine Whispers

Awesome Owl Pumpkin by My Pin Adventures

Raffia Wrapped Pumpkins by Easy Peasy and Fun

Adorable Bell Acorns by Fire Flies and Mudpies

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Beautiful Pinecone Wands by Meri Cherry

Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree by Arty Crafty Kids

Chalk Marker Leaf Art by Arty Crafty Kids

Autumn Handprint Tree by Arty Crafty kids

Paper Circle Autumn Tree by I Heart Crafty Things

Window Leaf Art by the Artful Parent

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Pretty Acorn Glitter Knecklaces by Arty Crafty Kids

Black Glue Pumpkin by I Heart Crafty Things

Paper Tube Scarecrows by Non-Toy Gifts

Black Glue Scarecrow Puppets by The Pinterested Parent

Black Glue Owl by Artsy Craftsy Momma

Pinecone Owls by Red Ted Art

30 Fabulously Creative Fall Crafts for kids

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of 30 Fabulously Creative Fall Crafts for kids and are now set for all you Autumn Craft needs.

Do you have a favourite?

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Black Glue Autumn Tree Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Black Glue Autumn Tree | A beautiful Autumn art project for kids that explores autumn colors within a black glue resist medium. #Autumncraftsforkids #kidscrafts #falltrees #easyartideas

Autumn is the season of colour. Big bold and beautiful colours, and our Black Glue Autumn Tree Art attempts to capture as many of those glorious shades as possible, creating something that I think is rather magical. My eldest described the tree as her very own Faraway Tree (an Eden Blyton reference), that’s filled with fairies and gnomes.

I love her view of the world.

Kids will love the freedom of playing with watercolours; experimenting with water to paint ratios, colour mixing and using their own observations of real trees to recreate the colours they see around them at this time of year.

The watercolours work well against the stark contrast of the black glue outline and the best bit about black glue, is that no matter how many times it’s washed over with paint, it will not dull or alter the overall effect of that beautiful glossy outline.

And you might be surprised to learn that Black Glue is super easy (and cheap!!!) to make at home!

Black Glue Autumn Tree Art: Supplies and Materials

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Watercolour Paper 
Watercolour Paint
Water
PVA Glue
Black Acrylic Paint
Tissue Paper
Fine Tipped Glue/Paint Squeezy Bottle/Dispenser

While I would always encourage Arty Crafty Kids to create their own trees, I also have a FREE Downloadable Template to make the project a little easier.

Download the Template HERE: Autumn Tree Black Glue Template

How to Make Black Glue

Our black glue is a combination 3 parts PVA glue and 1 part black acrylic paint.

Mix it all together in a squeezy bottle and thoroughly shake.

Remove the bottle lid and give the mixture a stir with the end of a glue stick/pencil and continue shaking until the glue is black.

Too much paint could make the mixture a little runny, so start off small and don’t worry if it appears grey within the bottle as the glue will dry black!

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Once you’ve mixed the black glue, print out our template onto some watercolour paper and simply follow the outline of the Autumn Tree.

Don’t worry if the black glue pools or you end up with uneven lines and splodges, it all adds to the overall effect.

As you can see, ours is less than perfect (and full of charm).

Leave the black glue to dry over night.

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We started with painting the bark, using red and brown tones by adding small amounts of water to the paintbrush and mixing with paint. To create lighter shades, add more water.

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When I think of Autumn colours, I envision many variations of yellow, red, orange, brown and dark green.

In an attempt to capture that variety of shades, we started with the lightest colour – yellow.

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And then applied the dark shades of green along the branches of the tree.

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From these two points of light and dark, we filled the remaining space with colour . Layering yellows over brown and red. Green over yellow and brown, and continued playing until the tree was brimming with colour.

Encourage the Arty Crafty Kids to explore the full watercolour pallet and simply go with the flow, layer different colours and adding more or less water to each application.

The Black Glue Autumn Tree Art project is now complete. 

I hope you’ve loved our latest Autumn Tree art project! for more Autumnal inspiration, take a look at our incredibly popular Autumn Handprint Tree, Autumn Leaf Art and Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Painting.

Today’s post forms part of the ‘Black Glue Crew’ blog hop, where a bunch of crazy bloggy creatives have come together to create a themed collection of black glue projects. If you haven’t already guessed, this months theme is Autumn.  Click HERE to see the full collection of Black Glue Kids Art ideas!

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Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft

Leaves are beginning to fall, which means only one thing…Autumn is on its way! Autumn is the season of colour and it’s by far my favourite season. Who doesn’t love scrunching through leaves, the crisp air and the blanket of beautiful colour that sweeps the sky line. Today’s Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft has been created with young children and preschoolers in mind. The bubble wrap adds a tactile textured element to craft and the handy printable allows children to dive straight in – perfect for short attention spans!

Children can observe the natural change that comes with Autumn and attempt to recreate what they see within their art.

Throughout the process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to mix their own colours and describe what happens when the colours mix.

Ask questions:

  • How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
  • How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
  • How do you make Brown?

This simple process of trial and error is a fabulous learning exercise, with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and mathematical thinking (mixing and mentally measuring colours to achieve the desired tone).

And of course, it’s wonderful for creativity!

Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft: Materials 

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Card Stock
Bubble Wrap
Kid Friendly Washable Paint
Paint Brush
Printer

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Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft: Tutorial 

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft | A fun and simple Autumn Tree Craft for Kids, with a free tree template included for download!

Step 1. Print the free Tree Template (complete the sign-up form to be referred) onto a piece of white card stock. I prefer to use card stock for kids art projects for one simple reason – it’s durable and doesn’t turn into a soggy mess when the kids (inevitably) use an excess of paint!

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft | A fun and simple Autumn Tree Craft for Kids, with a free tree template included for download!

Step 2. Mix the Autumn colours using the primary colours. This is a great way for children to explore colour shades beyond the secondary colours.

Apply the paint directly to the bubbles – this will create clear and crisp circular prints!

For your reference, refer to our basic colour-mixing chart:

https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/arty-crafty-kids-club/

Once your Arty Crafty Kids have successfully created Orange, how many shades of orange, red and yellow can they make?

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft | A fun and simple Autumn Tree Craft for Kids, with a free tree template included for download!

Step 3. Turn the bubble wrap over and press down firmly.

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft | A fun and simple Autumn Tree Craft for Kids, with a free tree template included for download!

Step 4. Gently peel the bubble wrap away from the paper to reveal the prints. Each piece of bubble wrap can be reused 2 or 3 times before the need for additional paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Autumn Crafts for Kids | Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft | A fun and simple Autumn Tree Craft for Kids, with a free tree template included for download!

Step 5. Continue the process using a variety of colours and layers.

For ease, we gave each colour its own piece of bubble wrap.

Your Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree Craft is now complete! 

I hope you enjoy our Autumn Tree Craft. If you do not have any bubble wrap to hand, fingerprints are a great alternative!

For more Autumn Craft inspiration, take a look at our popular Autumn Handprint Tree, Watercolour Autumn Tree and super fun Splatter Tree!

The Arty Crafty Box

Did you know that Arty Crafty Kids now has a monthly Art and Craft subscription box, where every box is a creative adventure for kids?

Take a peek inside our boxes and when you order, get 50% off the first box by using 50FIRSTBOX at checkout!

 

The Arty Crafty Box is packed with creative, playful and engaging art and craft projects for kids, complete with all the necessary materials and easy to follow instructions.

In addition to this, every box includes an Artspiration booklet that’s filled with how-to-draw tutorials and drawing prompts to enhance your Arty Crafty Kids creativity and FREE access to our online members’ area that contains exclusive art and craft templates, colouring pages and more!

Arty Crafty Kids Box Order Now

 

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