Painted Paper Circle Trees

In the Art Studio we really try to reinforce other subjects especially Math concepts. If I can use geometric or organic shapes in art projects I am all about it! This project is perfect for reinforcing creating circles and branching lines while helping my younger artists refine creating their geometric shapes.

What you will need:

Various Circle Templates- I purchased various circle stencils containing various sizes




Tempera Paint for Painted Paper


Texture Brushes (Optional) for Painted Paper

Construction Paper

Create Painted Paper

First, create beautiful painted paper using tempera paints and construction paper. Let Dry. Check out this post on how to created painted paper. We also used glitter paint to add a little bit of sparkle.

Create Circle Tree

Create the large circle for the top of the tree. Create smaller circles to represent smaller trees.

Once the circles are drawn on the back side of the painted paper, cut them out, and start adding the trunk and branches with previously painted paper cut into thin strips.

We examined how trees have trunks that start wide at the bottom when touching the ground and eventually become thinner with branches. Our trees are more STYLIZED not having a realistic shape. My little artists love adding smaller branches to the larger branches to complete the look.



Keep Creating!


  • Phyl

    October 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I've re entry been seriously crushing on this style of trees. I've pinned about a zillion of them on my lesson ideas boards. But I haven't actually translated them into a lesson, since I have limited contact with students these days. But I LOVE what you did, and sooner or later I'm going to shamelessly steal your lesson! Love!

  • Paintedpaper

    October 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I love these trees! The kids really learn about branching techniques too. Line and Shape a win- win! 🙂

  • ShellyP

    November 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    These are amazing! I'm going to borrow this idea for sure. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Joelle

    December 31, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I love stylized art! Even with simple lines every one can see that those are trees! Very nice!

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