Fall or Halloween Craft: Paper Bag Trees

Fall or Halloween Craft Paper Bag Trees

My children made paper bag trees on a recent visit to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. This is a fun and easy craft that children of varied ages can make. The trees turn out awesome even though this is such an easy craft. These trees are easy to customize and can either be scary Halloween trees or pretty fall trees. Younger children need supervision with the cutting but will likely be able to form the branches by themselves.  My children are eight and four years old and they each enjoyed this activity.

Paper Bag Trees

  1. Open a paper lunch bag and crunch it up into a ball.
  2. Flatten the bag out and rub both sides with the flat side of a crayon.
  3. Tear slits from the top down that are 4 inches long and 2 inches wide.
  4. Flatten out the bottom of the bag so it will stand up.
  5. Crunch the middle of the bag to form a trunk.
  6. Crunch and twist the branches.
  7. Glue on leaves, flowers, apples or whatever items you want.

This is about as close to a fall tree as we will get around here. My children love these trees. Have you ever made a paper bag tree?

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  1. Very cool! What a great craft idea.

  2. http://Auntie%20Pamela says

    Sounds like fun and pretty simplistic as well.

  3. Cute tree craft! I had to pin it!

  4. This is TOO cute and looks so easy! I’m going to have to give it a try.

  5. Aw that looks like such a great craft project! Cute!!

  6. I’ve never seen these before, but it looks really fun!

  7. http://believer says

    That looks fun! My oldest dd has been to the children’s museum in Phoenix! I am not sure if I have been to that one or not – but I know that her grandmother took her there once or twice. They had fun.

  8. If my kids were still small we’d do this!

  9. Great craft!

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  11. These are so cool. I’m not sure mine would look quite so realistic, though…

  12. LOVE this idea!

  13. http://farida says

    Amazing Craft….:)

  14. http://Christy%20Maurer says

    I’ve done this before! Great craft for kids. It can be used for all seasons by adding different things to it 🙂

  15. These are too cute! What a great craft for a rainy day!

  16. http://Karen%20Glatt says

    This looks like a easy and fun Halloween craft item! It looks like it really is trees, and I think I would like to make these!

  17. http://Cynthia%20C says

    Cute craft idea. Kids will enjoy making these.

  18. What a cute idea I’m sure my kid would love to do this.

  19. http://Angie%20Gatto says

    I’ll have to try this with the grandkids next weekend. Thanks for the idea.

  20. http://katelyn%20grider says

    how cute! thanks for the idea 🙂

  21. http://Chelsey says

    Both of my girls would love this project. Off to find paper bags now!

  22. http://Kathleen%20Downes says

    This is so cute. I’m always looking for crafts to do with my son.

  23. http://Richard%20Hicks says

    This is a really neat way to make the trees and inexpensive. I would have never thought of it!

  24. http://Mary%20McCloy says

    This is a neat idea and an easy one (really looks like scary old Halloween trees)

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