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How to Make a Paper Tree for a Classroom

By Nicole Carlin
Use rolled newspaper to make a paper tree.
newspaper image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com

A paper tree can become an engaging spot for children to enjoy in a classroom setting. Depending on the finished results you desire, you might make the tree for your classroom or invite the kids to participate in the project. Using old newspapers to make the tree makes the project affordable and simple to execute without the need to purchase special materials.

Hold the pencil upright in one hand and roll three sheets of newspaper around it. Do not roll the paper too tightly. Children can work together by taking turns being the pencil holder and the roller.

Remove the pencil and continue rolling four more pieces of newspaper around the cylinder.

Make four vertical cuts at one end of the cylinder with scissors. The cuts should be about 6 inches in length. This will help form the bushy top of the tree.

Grab from the center of the cylinder and start to pull at the newspaper (while holding the cylinder firmly in one hand). The cylinder will start to get longer as you pull. Keep pulling, making the cylinder longer and longer. If you lose grasp of the cylinder, it will unravel.

Tape the outside edges of the newspaper to secure the cylinder -- the trunk of the tree.

Paint the tree with washable tempera paints. Apply brown paint to the cylinder tree trunk and green paint to the bushy leaves at the top of the tree.


Things You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Newspaper sheets
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Washable tempera paint (brown and green)
  • Paint brushes


  • Cut out additional leaves from construction paper and glue them to the strips of paper at the top of the tree.
  • You might make green leaves for a summer tree or gold, yellow, orange and red leaves for an autumn tree.

About the Author


Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, Trails.com and Demand Studios.