Mini Monets and Mommies: Fall Tree Pipe Cleaner Sculpture Art Activity

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Tree Pipe Cleaner Sculpture Art Activity

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors and it’s finally sweater weather! Its fall and I’m ready to make some autumn art. As the trees change from glossy green to brilliant yellows, oranges and reds, take the kids outside for some science time and then create a fall sculpture.

Fall trees

Before you start the art-making process, take a nature walk! As your child takes a look around, ask her:

·        What colors can you find in the trees?

·        Can you tell me what color the leaves used to be in the summer?

·        Why do you think the leaves are changing colors?

Collect a few leaves to take inside for inspiration or set up shop outdoors and let your little artist sculpt sitting in the grass or at a picnic table.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Brown pipe cleaners

·        Green, red and yellow modeling clay

·        A piece of card stock paper or cardboard

·        Red, yellow and orange tissue paper

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Fold two or three pipe cleaners in half.

2.     Wrap the pipe cleaners around each other. Your child can create a trunk and branches.

Kids' crafts
3.     Create a grassy base for the sculpture. Have your child roll a piece of green clay into a ball. She can smoosh it down onto the paper or board, creating a mound. Press the clay into the paper, smoothing it out around the edges to make it stick. Push the pipe cleaner trunk into the clay.

Tree art


 4.     Pull apart dime-sized pieces of red and yellow clay. Press and blend the clay   
           onto the green mound, creating autumn leaves.

Clay Sculpture

6.     Tear pieces of tissue paper. Wrap the pipe cleaner branches around the tissue paper to make leaves.
Autumn Sculpture

Are you looking or more fall themed projects?


Tissue Paper Leaf Prints

Tissue Print
Paint Splatter Leaves
Autumn Leaf

Fall Leaf Mobile

Leaf Sculpture
Fall Shaving Cream Trees

Fall Art
Leaf Print Trees

Fall Trees

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Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Fall Activities for Kids on Pinterest.


  1. They look great. Very beautiful colour! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials!

  2. Popping over from Pintorials, I have pinned - these look great!

  3. Recreating beautiful fall trees indoors? Awesome idea! (Great for fine motor skills too!)

    1. Thanks! The bending and twisting is really a fine motor workout!

  4. You have some really great idea for autumn crafts!

  5. It is not quite sweater weather here yet, but the mornings and evenings are feeling more like fall. We have an overabundance of pipe cleaners. We will have to try this activity. I hope you will come and link this up at Made for Kids link party

  6. What a fun activity! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop! :)