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Paper Mache TreePaper-maché Tree

Making a paper-maché tree is fun for children.  Each one looks different. 


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paper tree house made by kids Paper Maché Tree

To make the tree, you will need:

  • sheets of newspaper, 
  • tape, 
  • tissue paper, 
  • glue, 
  • scissors, 
  • card board (about 2ft square), 
  • paper tube (from paper towel or wrapping paper) 
  • paint brushes, and 
  • paint (depending on your selection of tissue paper).

Making the tree will take some time over 2-3 days. You will need to let some steps dry before moving on to the next step.  


Newspapers come in variety of sizes.  The size of your finished tree will depend on the size of the paper.  This tree was made from a smaller tabloid-size newspaper and is just over 1 ft high.


  1. Place two sheets of paper on top of each other.  Starting from the shorter end, roll the paper so that you end up with a tube that is 2 ft long and about 1 inch wide.
  2. Use a piece of tape to secure it in the middle.
  3. Use scissors to cut the tube in half starting from the top to about 1/3 of the way up.  These two sections will be the branches.  Wind some tape around each of the branches so that they keep a generally round shape.attaching branches to paper mache tree
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make a total of 6 newspaper rolls following these directions.
  5. Glue or tape the paper tube to the center of the cardboard. (see photo)
  6. Take the first paper roll and bend it about 1/3 of the way up.  The lower section forms the roots.  Place the middle of the roll against the cardboard tube and tape in place.  The branches should stick out at odd angles away from the tube.
  7. Repeat until all six rolls are in place around the tube. 
  8. Tape the roots in place around the tree.  You may want to bend some of the at odd angles.  Be sure to shape the branches so that they stick out in all directions.

branches on childrens craft to make paper mache tree

Start tearing the tissue paper into odd shaped pieces about 1 inch sq.  If you have brown tissue, go ahead and use it.  Otherwise, just pick a light color and you can paint the trunk when it is finished.

  • Mix some white glue with water, about half and half.  Or you can use a paper mache mix (equal parts flour and water).  If you aren't sure how to make paper mache, find recipes and information about paper mache.
  • Wet the paper in the glue mixture and then apply it to the tree.  Wrap the pieces around each of the branches.  Cover the roots, and add some texture paper tree house made by kids to the ground around the tree.
  • Make a ring (about 2 cm or 1 inch wide) and add it to the trunk to make a knot.
  • Let dry over night.

If you didn't use colored tissue paper, get the paints out and let the kids paint the tree.  You might want a few shades of brown for the tree and variety of greens or browns for the ground.

When everything is dry, squish sheets of green tissue paper into loose balls.  Glue these 'balls' around the tree as leaves.



If you leave the tree in direct sunlight, the tissue paper will fade over time.  However, it is easy to remove the faded sheets and make a new set of leaves.  You could even change it with the seasons.


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