Fall Handprint Tree Craft (Painting With Pom Poms)

This Fall Handprint Tree Craft is a fun and easy craft project to do with your children as the weather begins changing outside. Give them the supplies and let them show you how they view fall through their eyes.

Fall handprint tree craft pin image

Can you believe that summer is on its way out and fall is around the corner already!?!?

In our house, that means more time for crafting, which is one of our favorite things to do.

My favorite craft projects are ones that my children immerse themselves in and when they are finished I can hang them up for us all to enjoy.

With this project, I decided to employ my kids’ handprints, which is a different take than we took with our Fall Tree Apple Stamping Craft and Four Seasons Tree Craft ideas.

Parents love capturing their tots’ handprints as they grow, making this Fall craft decorative and a colorful keepsake. I know I do. 😁 It’s something I can look back on for years to come and see how much they have grown and changed.

With a few simple supplies such as brown paint and colored poms, your kids will create something very special. It is a perfect project for your beginner because it will boost their fine motor skills and help with color recognition.

And their finished artwork is truly unique and certainly one-of-a-kind.

If your kids love crafting and painting, let them try our Egg Carton Painting Activity, Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft, or Lion Fork Painting Activity.

Fall Handprint Tree Craft

Supplies Needed For Handprint Tree

Here are all the supplies you’ll need to make this beautiful Handprint Tree.

project supplies

How To Make Handprint Tree Craft

Here’s the process for making this craft. I’ve included step-by-step pics to show you exactly what we did!

Step 1

Let your child (and their friends) trace their hand and a portion of their wrist on brown construction paper with a pencil.

Assist the child(ren) if they need assistance or are too young.

child tracing hand on construction paper

Step 2

Have the child cut out the hand/wrist or have an adult help cut it out. The hand/wrist tracing will be used as the tree trunk and branches.

adding glue to hand cutout

Step 3

Once you have cut out the hand/wrist tracing, glue it on the white construction paper.

handprint glued to paper next to paint supplies

Step 4

Clip one pom onto each clothespin. You will need at least 4 clothespins, one for each color of the pom pom. The color of pom denotes the color of paint so it is easiest for the crafters to keep track of the colors.

Step 5

Put a small dollop of each of the colors of paint on the paper plate.

Step 6

Let your child(ren) dip the clothespin (with the pom attached) into the paint. Dab the paint onto the Fall Handprint Tree tree trunk.

adding paint with pom pom

Step 7

Repeat as many times as they would like with any or all the colors until the trunk/hand is beautifully colored to their liking.

Step 8

Set aside and allow the dry completely.

Fall Handprint Tree Craft final

Handprint Tree Craft Notes And Tips

  • Depending on the size of your child’s hand and the length of the wrist you traced, you can either use 8 x 10-inch or the larger 9 x 12-inch construction paper.
  • If you don’t have clothespins and pom poms available, you can use the ends of a Q-tip instead or cotton balls.
  • It is a good idea to have the kids wear old clothes or a paint smock while working on crafts involving paint!
Fall Handprint Tree Craft final

Variations Of Handprint Tree To Try

  • Adapt this Fall Handprint Tree Craft for different seasons! Use variations of green, yellow and gold for an autumn tree, or different shades of green for a spring/summer tree.
  • Add different stickers or decorations to your tree to add acorns, birds nests, or birds to the picture.
  • Let the children sprinkle on a little glitter to give their picture a little sparkle.
  • Let the kids use their thumbs instead of the pom poms using washable finger paint.
Fall Handprint Tree Craft final

Fall Handprint Tree Craft FAQs

Here are a few of the more frequently asked questions you may have before making this Handprint Tree Craft. If you have an additional question, please leave us a comment below and we will do our best to answer it!

What is the best kind of paint to use for this Handprint Tree Craft?

I love using Tempura paint when I craft with my kids. It is totally washable and super easy to clean up, which is why it is perfect for children’s crafts.

What kind of glue is best to use for this Handprint Tree Craft?

I would recommend a glue stick or liquid white glue. Craft glue will also work. A hot glue gun is not necessary for this project.

How long will it take for the paint to dry?

If using Tempura paint, it will typically dry in about 10 – 15 minutes. The drying process will depend on the thickness of the paint on the paper as well. So, it may take a little bit longer or less than the typical drying time.

Fall Handprint Tree Craft

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Fall Handprint Tree Craft final

Fall Handprint Tree Craft (Painting With Pom Poms)

This Fall Handprint Tree Craft is a fun and easy craft project to do with your children as the weather begins changing outside.

Ingredients

  • Brown construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Paper plate
  • Craft Paint (fall colors: red, orange, yellow, green)
  • Clothespins
  • Pom poms (red, orange, yellow, green)

Instructions

  1. Have the child trace their hand and part of their wrist on the brown construction paper with a pencil. If the child needs help, a parent or teacher can help trace.
  2. Cut out the traced hand/wrist. This will be used for the tree trunk and branches.
  3. Glue the handprint/trunk of the tree on the white construction paper.
  4. Clip the pom poms on each clothespin. You’ll want one pom pom and clothespin set up for each color of paint.
  5. Pour a small circle of paint onto the paper plate. Do this for each color. Feel free to color match pom poms to paint if desired.
  6. Have the child dip the clothespin with the pom pom attached gently into the paint and stamp the paint onto the tree trunk. Repeat this process desired amount of times until the tree trunk/hand print is colored with fall colors.
  7. Set aside to dry. Display!

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