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Cotton Bud Apple Tree Craft

Recently I’ve really been struggling to write any craft posts. I think it’s a combination of moving into a new house that I have The Fear about getting covered in  the normal mess of paint, glue and glitter and living in a new area means we have been going out and exploring a lot more instead. The slow shift towards autumn is always fun to celebrate though so we’re back on track a bit with this sweet cotton bud apple tree craft that’s a great way to support fine motor skills too.

cotton bud apple tree craft for kids

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You will need:

Green card


Brown card

Cotton buds (Q-tips)

Red and / or green paint


How we made our apple tree craft

We started by cutting out the tree trunk shape from the brown card and the main tree part (is there a word for that? I haven’t drunk any caffeine yet) out from the green card and then my son (5) used the cotton buds to make the red apples on it. We also had some green paint out to make green apples or add as leaves but he decided he didn’t like the look of it so that didn’t happen.

cotton bud apple tree

My two year old also enjoyed using the cotton buds to paint with but being two she decided that all her apples were going to be blue, after a quick discussion I realised this was an argument I was not going to win so blue apples is what she did!

apple tree craft

We’ve done quite a few apple and autumn tree crafts over the last few years so if you’re looking for a bit more inspiration then do go and check them out – my favourites are probably these autumn leaf suncatchers, this pom pom apple tree and this round up of 20 apple crafts is super cute too! There’s also a round up of 10 apple tree crafts for kids if you need more inspiration!

If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!


  1. 26th August 2016 / 9:40 am

    What a lovely little craft! I must try it with the girls!

  2. 27th August 2016 / 9:15 am

    That is super cute! Lovely idea.

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