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How to Craft a Large Paper Apple Tree

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed or Arbor Day and all things apple by creating your own large paper apple tree.


  • Step 1: Outline your tree Decide on the height and width of your tree, and whether or not it will have branches.
  • Step 2: Make the trunk Trace the outline of a trunk and branches on large pieces of brown butcher paper or poster board. Then cut along the outline with a sharp pair of scissors.
  • TIP: For added texture, cut pieces of brown construction paper into four parts. Glue each part onto the butcher paper to make bark.
  • Step 3: Create the leaves Sketch the outline of your greenery on a piece of green butcher paper or poster board. Then cut out the shapes and glue them to the branches.
  • Step 4: Make the apples Trace apple shapes onto red construction paper. Then cut them out and glue them onto the tree's greenery.
  • TIP: Allow children to individually decorate apples with crayons, markers, or paint.
  • Step 5: Join the pieces Glue the upper greenery and braches to the trunk. Then hang the entire tree onto a bulletin board, wall, or refrigerator door.
  • FACT: Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman.

You Will Need

  • Brown and green butcher paper or poster board
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown construction paper (optional)
  • Crayons
  • markers
  • or paint (optional)
  • Sponges or paintbrushes

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