How to Make Paper Trees & Bushes

Represent the textures of a tree with crumpled paper.
Represent the textures of a tree with crumpled paper. (Image: Single tree. Autumn. Single Tree in the field. image by Igor Golovnov from

Making trees and bushes out of paper is a simple art project children with an interest in nature will enjoy. This paper craft project can provide a backdrop for a child's creative play with her dolls. To be kinder to the trees you are representing, use recycled paper, such as old newspaper, for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Recycled newspaper or other recycled paper
  • Scissors
  • Green paint
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Wide container
  • Sponge
  • Glue

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Cut out a rectangle from recycled paper to use as the trunk of a tree. Cut using slightly wavy lines and make the base of the rectangle wider to suggest a more natural trunk shape.

Paint the trunk brown, using vertical strokes that are slightly wavy to create a bark-like texture. Allow paint to dry.

Draw wavy vertical lines and concentric circles on the dried brown paint with a black marker.

Create the leafy part of the tree and bushes by loosely crumpling pieces of recycled paper into balls. Crumple several pieces to fill out the top of the tree and make a bush as large as you require.

Pour green paint into a wide container. Dip a sponge into the paint and dab onto crumpled paper. Allow paint to dry.

Glue the trunk, foliage and bushes to another piece of paper, grouping the clumps of green paper closely together to create dense foliage.


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