Apple Tree Craft – Kids DIY

Making an apple tree craft at the end of each summer has become a tradition for my family. Big, full apple trees are reminiscent of the end of the summer season to me and the beginning of my most favorite season…Fall! The apple tree we made this year not only has a handprint making it a special keepsake, but it uses a fun and different way of painting that I’m excited to share with you.

Materials you will need:

  • 12″ x 12″ blue cardstock paper
  • brown cardstock paper
  • coffee filter
  • dark green paint
  • light green paint
  • 2 large pom-poms
  • 2 clothespins
  • 2 small paper plates
  • red sequins
  • glue stick
  • school glue
  • pencil
  • scissors
1. Start by opening your clothespins and pinching them onto your large pom-poms. These are going to be your brushes for painting your tree.
2. Pour some dark green paint and light green paint on a small paper plate. Dab the pom-pom brush in the paint and onto your coffee filter. Continue dabbing with the the different colors until the coffee filter is completely painted. The coffee filter is light so it might move around a bit as it gets covered more with paint. We just used our fingers to straighten it out and continue painting it, so be ready to head to the sink after you’re done painting (or have some wet wipes ready). Let the coffee filter dry completely.


3. While the coffee filter is drying, trace your child’s hand and a section of their arm on your brown cardstock paper and cut it out.

4. Once your painted coffee filter is done drying, use your glue stick to glue it onto your blue cardstock paper. Make sure to glue it at the top of the paper so your trunk will fit.

5. Glue your brown handprint trunk onto your blue cardstock paper, with the handprint section overlapping the coffee filter.

6. Glue red sequins onto your tree as apples.

For older children who aren’t interested in using their handprint, or if they want to make a unique design, they can simply cut a tree trunk and branches out of the brown cardstock paper.

Here are some children’s books that would go along great with this craft:

-Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

-Curious George Apple Harvest by H. A. Rey

-Little Apple by Brigitte Weninger and Anne Moller

-Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund

-Red Are the Apples by Wade Zahares

You might also enjoy our Fall Puzzle Tree!



  1. thank you do much for the great ideas. I work with k-4 students and this is great for all ages.

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