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Mess Free Autumn Tree Craft

Do you ever feel like doing some crafts with the kids but you just can’t face the thought of them covering your house in paint? Me too and that’s exactly why I cam up with this mess free autumn tree craft. I try to be pretty chill about these things but after that time I let my two year old go wild with the black paint and then remembered we’d had a new bathroom fitted that week? Well, I’m a little bit more wary now! This autumn tree craft is perfect for younger kids or when you want to do something a little less messy with your children.


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Mess Free Autumn Tree Craft

You will need:

Ziploc bags (sandwich / freezer bags)


Black pen – I use this one which is pretty awesome for everything in my life

Kids paints in yellow, red, orange and green

Optional – washi tape

Let’s make it:

This craft was inspired by one of the crafts in my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids (US link / UK link – go take a look if you haven’t seen it yet!!) – we enjoyed it so much we made a few changes to make a fun autumn tree craft instead! First draw the outline onto your bag using a black marker.


Then carefully add some splodges of paint – my son has been making me add green on his (completely fair!) point that there’s still some green on the trees here! Close your bag and double check it’s properly sealed, especially if you are giving this to kids to play with. I’ve also shared a mess free pumpkin craft that has a little video tutorial with it so if you’d like to see a practical version on how to make this then go take a look!

To minimise any chances of mess it’s good if you can tape this up on a glass patio door using some washi tape – this allows the light to come in and means that your kids can use it for mark making in the paint too.

Have fun squishing the paint as you colour in the tree – one of the great things about this craft is that instead of it being a problem if the paint turns brown it’s actually a great excuse to talk about the changing colours of the leaves and learn a bit about colour mixing too!

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!


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  1. 27th September 2016 / 9:44 am

    I love this. Mess free and easy to make – win win

  2. 28th September 2016 / 6:00 am


  3. 6th November 2017 / 12:01 pm

    What a fab idea this is and I love that the paint is inside the bag ha ha!

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