Paint Chip Apple Tree

A few twigs and a handful of paint swatch cards are perfect for putting together a Paint Chip Apple Tree.

We’ve made lots of fall tree crafts here in my home daycare over the years.  This apple tree is our latest!  It was a fun way to combine a traditional fall painting activity, colourful paint swatches and a few items from nature.

Paint Chip Apple Tree

Remember the beautiful art we created last week when we were Apple Stamping with Fall Colours?  And remember I said I’d need to think of a way to use this colourful cardboard canvas we made?

apple stamping collage

Well, here’s what I came up with:  a Paint Chip Apple Tree.

I just love crafting with paint chips.  We have a drawer full of them, and we use them for all kinds of arts and crafts projects.  We’ve made Paint Chip Mosaics, Paint Chip Candy Canes, we use them for cutting practice when working on our scissor skills, and there’s our fine motor game: the Pringle’s Can Paint Swatch Drop.

I used to grab a few paint sample cards whenever I was in the paint section of the hardware store, but one day I asked at a Paint Shop, and the owner was happy to hand over about 25 sleeves of cards in their least popular colours.   They’re not awful colours at all.  They’re just not terribly popular when it comes to room colours – bright orange, navy blue, teal green etc.  Great colours for crafting with!

For our Paint Chip Tree,  we simply gathered some twigs from the backyard, and I cut out a couple of dozen leaves from a variety of green paint swatch cards.twigs and paint swatches for paint swatch apple trees

We used our low-heat glue gun to attach the twigs to the apple-stamped backdrop.  The 4-year-old started using our low-heat glue gun when she was about 3.5, and she’s a whiz with it.  The gun doesn’t get hot enough to really burn, but even so, because we were working with really skinny twigs, I gave her a hand so the hot glue wouldn’t drip off the twigs.  I held the twigs, she manned the gun, and we got the job done.

Once the twigs were in place on the cardboard, she used a glue stick to decorate the tree with leaves.paint swatch apple tree collage

Simple, sweet and perfect for apple season!

To see more of our unique and fun Fall Tree art and craft projects, be sure to check out:

Button Apple Trees

Sandpaper Tinfoil Apple Trees

Fall Popcorn Trees

Fall Hand Tissue Trees

Twig Tissue Trees

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  1. Emma @ P is for Preschooler says

    I never take the paint chip cards because I feel bad, but I never thought to just ASK! This came out really cute and thanks for the idea of how to get paint chips! :)

    • happyhooligans says

      Yep. You never know if you don’t ask. And the worst thing they can say is “no” (in which case stuff a bunch in your handbag and RUN). lol

  2. says

    i am loving the apple/autumn themes all around. we too did apple printing and trees and leaves and more. my school kiddos are three so I was delighted when I found paint chips IN the shape of leaves! It was fun to have each child select which green leaf they wanted for their apple then the kind of glue they wanted to use and then how they affixed their leaves. I’ve got photos of one completed apple with leaf and of course the gue went on top so the leaf is actually white. 😉

  3. says

    Seriously I can’t get enough of paint chip DIY’s thank you! You have opened my eyes to a few new ones that we will have to give a whirl! LOVE THIS.

  4. says

    This is such a cute idea. My son is in 1st grade and for some reason loves to collect sticks! So this would be a great way to make use of them! He would love this idea. I think we will try our hand at it this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

    • happyhooligans says

      I don’t blame him! We love sticks here too! They’re so versatile for crafting and great for imaginative play!

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