Standing tree decoration
A simple leaf craft activity using basic tools.
What you'll need
- wooden discs
- palm drill
- materials to decorate (optional)
This activity has been provided by
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- source of leaves
- leave no trace
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- tool use
- natural materials (NOTE - some evergreen leaves are poisonous)
Step #1 Find an evergreen leaf
If you have a bay laurel in your setting then these leaves, although smaller to work with, will smell nice too!
Use can use large evergreen leaves such as cherry laurel or rhododendron. These are however poisonous if ingested so risk assessment will be required.
Step #2 Cut a tree shape
Using scissors, cut a tree shape out. You could try folding the leaf in half to explore symmetry.
Use the stalk of the leaf as the trunk of the tree.
Step #3 Drill a hole in a disc
Drill into the centre of the disc or, if you have a larger disc, you could drill several holes and create a mini-woodland.
Drill right through the disc for more support.
For tips on using palm drills and drilling holes in discs - look at our drill a wooden disc activity.
Step #4 Stick the cut-out tree-leaf into the disc
Hopefully the stalk will be thick enough to hold the decoration upright. If it's not you could reinforce it with a twig or tape.
Ta dah! A lovely tree decoration! We decorated ours but they also look lovely au naturale.
Take it further
- decorate your leaf with drawn-on baubles or stuck on natural items
- hang several trees on a string to make bunting
- decorate your disc - maybe a little clay creature sitting by the tree?
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.