I am a far cry from a crafty mom, but here’s an easy fall craft even I can handle! This adorable fall handprint tree is cute, fun, and best of all–very, very simple! It’s one I promise you can do — because if I can, anyone can!
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I am not, nor will I likely ever be, a crafty mom.
The funny thing is, as a kid, I was SUPER into crafts. Paper doilies, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners… you name it, I had it. And glitter?? Oh man… the glitter.
But somewhere along the way (adolescence, when I developed more self-awareness, maybe??), I lost that side of me.
And now, as a parent, it all overwhelms me faster than you can say, “Papier-mâché and appliqué.”
I’m highly unlikely to do any kind of craft or activity that requires a) buying a bunch of supplies, b) expending a lot of time or energy, or c) cleaning up a huge mess when we’re done. I’m just not.
Am I lazy? Well, I prefer to call it “selectively energetic” but you can call it what you want.
Good parenting means getting outside your comfort zone every once in a while and doing things you might not love for the sake of your kids.
It’s not about being something you’re not. It’s about being willing to put on a different hat for a day to nurture your kids’ interests and make memories.
And so, every once in a while, I channel my inner “young Lisa” and craft with my kids.
When I do, though, I still like to keep it simple. I mean, there’s no need to dive into the deep end when the kiddie pool will suffice. Right?? 😉
And this week, I have the PERFECT easy fall craft for you. This adorable fall handprint tree is cute, fun, and best of all–very, very simple! It’s one I promise you can do (because if I can, anyone can!).
The Perfect Easy Fall Craft — A Fall Handprint Tree
What You’ll Need
- White paper (I recommend heavyweight)
- Brown construction paper
- Red, yellow, & orange paint
- Glue (I recommend Elmer’s glue sticks)
- Paper plate (or something else to put the paint on)
Step 1: Trace your child’s hand and a couple inches of his/her wrist on a piece of brown construction paper. (This will be the trunk and branches of the tree.)
Step 3: Pour small amounts of red, yellow, and orange paint on a paper plate.
Step 4: Have your child dip a finger into one of the paint colors and then press his/her fingerprint on the paper, making a “leaf” on the tree. Repeat several times with each of the colors, using a different finger for each color.
Step 5: Once it’s finished, lay flat to dry!
That’s the beauty of this easy fall craft — you can easily adapt it to suit your preferences!
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