Alpine Trees

Want to create a winter project that adds a touch of the beauty of nature? 

Try this adorable painting project that creates beautiful Alpine trees with snow.

What you will need

6″ x 18″ construction paper ~ various dark colors: black, gray, blue, burgundy
4″ x 6″ painted paper for ground and strips for trunks
Tempera paint in various shades of green and white
Brushes – large and small
Glue and scissors


Creating the Ground

First, choose a piece of previously painted paper to use as the ground. (We use mats that lay under our paintings when we paint. This becomes painted paper for future projects.) You could also use paper that is painted with tempera paint or green colored paper. Cut into a 4″ x 6″ square. 


Next, tear the square in half and overlap the torn edges. Glue down at the bottom of a 6″ x 18″ piece of colored construction paper. 


Creating the Tree

Next, add a trunk for the tree. Trunks can be created either out of cardboard, colored paper or a piece of painted paper cut into strips. 


Glue the strip down on the overlapping ground.


Next, create the tree shape with large brushes and various shades of green tempera paint. Using 3 different shades gives the illusion of textures on the tree.


Add white tempera paint to represent snow. Paint delicately on the top of the tree and used small brushes to paint snowflakes. Let dry.


Display with other delightful trees like these fun handprint trees on cardboard cones (directions found here). Hand print Trees



 The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness

John Muir

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    Christie - Fine Lines
    November 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    So simple, yet so lovely:))

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    Hope Hunter Knight
    November 30, 2014 at 2:26 am


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    December 1, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Ditto what the ladies above me have said! Love! Pinning!

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    Stephanie Sareyani
    December 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I did this with my 3rd grade and then my 5th grade…I got so hooked i tried it with my kinders….it's a WOW no matter what grade! Thanks.

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    December 14, 2014 at 3:22 am

    These are fabulous!!

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    December 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Very nice! I was wondering if your students were using a deer foot brush but with the picture I realized that they were using a round brush.

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    April 8, 2015 at 3:54 am

    How beautifully painted these alpine tress with snow. Really looks real snow on every paper. I really like to see great Aboriginal Art work, but I can’t make paintings. All of the paintings are fabulous. Can you share how these kids painted these?

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    November 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    How long did it take to make these? One Class? Two?

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    Gh Pak
    December 7, 2015 at 4:24 am

    just love it

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    December 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    1 40 minute class.

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    These look fabulous! Going to try this with my 5 & 6yr olds. Thanks! X

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    Fantastic idea!I tried this with my preschoolers and they injoyed it so much, thank you!!!

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