Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Make It Monday: Hand-Painted Apple Trees

We never got a chance to do a craft yesterday, so we pulled double duty today.

I love all things fall. The feel of the cool, crisp breeze; the sound of the crunching leaves; the taste of apple and pumpkin baked goods; the smell of backyard fires, the warmth of soft, cozy sweaters; the beauty of the changing colors. This weekend we are going to the apple orchard. I am so very excited! It is my favorite family tradition. In honor of that event, the kids painted apple trees today.

  First, we mixed equal parts red and green in order to make brown paint. 
We did add a little yellow too, to lighten it up a bit.

Then, we used a paint brush to paint their hands.
They loved this part because it tickled!

Next, they made the tree trunks.

Time for the green leaves.
Jake said, "Oh, I'm feeling sick. People turn green when they're sick."

We used a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

Finally, they dipped their fingers in red paint to make the apples.
Alyssa very first apple already fell off the tree.

I helped with the positioning of the trunks, but they did the rest by themselves.
Jake keeps asking, "Is it time to go to the apple orchard yet?"
Apparently, I'm not the only one who's excited!

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