When I was a kid, I remember loving paper plate crafts. There are just so many ways that you can use them and so many different kinds of projects you can make! Now that I’m a parent, I adore introducing my kids to all the possibilities, and they get a real kick out of how many awesome projects we’ve created from something so simple and plain looking. They’re also big fans of mixed media project, so I really like finding ways to help them use all kinds of classic kids crafting tools to create shapes, colour, and texture all in one place. These awesome paper plate trees that we made together recently are a perfect example!
This project is actually simple enough that my kids could do essentially the whole thing on their own, but I still made my own alongside them so I could be part of the fun, spend time with them, and outlined the whole easy process for other people to see and try. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need
A paper plate
Colourful crafting pom poms in different sizes
Green pine cleaner
A single-hole punch
Use the tips of your scissors to poke a hole in the centre of your paper plate. Use that hole as a starting point to cut a circle out of the centre of the place. Make your circle sizeable but not wider than your pipe cleaners are long; I made sure to leave an inch of space between the edge of my cutout circle and where the sides of the plate start to rise. You’ll need that excess later.
Use your single-hole punch to create holes around the edge of your circle in that excess space we just described above. Create six holes on the bottom of the circle and curving slightly to the side, and nine holes along the top edge of the circle cross from the first six, curving slightly to the other side. Staggering the holes towards opposite directions like this will help your tree look like it’s leaning in the wind later.
Create your leaves using your crafting pom poms! The top of your tree where you’ll scatter and group the pom poms will be the end with more holes punched, since it will have a wider spread of pipe cleaners to act as branches. Apply hot glue to your pom poms and stick them down all over, positioning the colours however looks best to you and mixing the sizes in together to once again create texture. The pom poms might be rounded and not leaf shaped, but the message is clear and the visual is a bit modern art inspired looking!
You’re finished whenever you’re satisfied with how your pom pom leaves look! Just in case you’d like to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!