I am waiting for the fall weather to hit around here. I may be waiting a while but that doesn’t mean that W and I cannot get into the spirit of a new season. He will take any reason to break out the paint and do some art. So he had a blast doing this Fall Tree Cork Painting and I enjoyed giving him the opportunity to paint with something other than fingers and paint brushes!
Fall Tree Cork Painting Craft
Using corks to paint is just one of the ways I like to let W do some sensory exploration with paint. We do a lot of finger painting and W also loves using paint brushes. But it definitely makes things a little more exciting to try using items like corks, sponges, cotton balls, and cotton swabs. Changing up the type of “brush” you use can make it a new adventure!
What You Need
- White paper or cardstock (I recommend cardstock although this could be amazing on canvas too!)
- Red, Yellow, Orange, and Brown paint
- Brown construction paper
- Tree Trunk template (or just freehand your own on the brown construction paper which is what I did)
- Corks (I recommend one for each color)
- Paper plates (to make paint clean up easier)
What You Do
- Trace or draw tree shape on brown construction paper. Cut out and glue to white cardstock.
- Pour paint on paper plates (one plate per color) for easier clean up.
- Dip cork in paint and dot color around tree branches and along the bottom of the paper.
- Repeat with remaining colors.
- Let dry and display!
These could be great homemade gifts for grandparents if you made them on a small canvas or perhaps even a charger! The kids love making them and with a spray of sealant they will last for a long time and be perfect through the fall and Thanksgiving season!