The Giving Tree: Enchanting Your Child’s Room for Less

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Start with 3-4 rolls (depending on how much space you have for your tree) of brown wrapping paper priced about $4 a roll. OR, save up free packing paper from boxes shipped to your house.

Unwrap. Scrunch as you unroll. Scrunch and crunch. You can’t mess this up! Great for kids to help and build those fine motor muscles.

The scrunching and crunching will take over the room. A scrunchy, crunchy serpent.

This is the fun part. The STAPLE GUN! Protect those pretty eyes, people. Wrestle one paper serpent at a time. I start my stapling with a center branch. Twist, stretch, turn the paper as you go to build your tree. Make it perfectly imperfect. Don’t forget to bring it up and on the ceiling….

I swear this is unposed.

because little ones love to lay underneath it! Embellish by hanging butterflies dangling on fishing line, tuck a few birds inside, leaves or apples, and hot glue some bugs on it. My handy husband built the wooden fence we secured at the bottom of the tree. Great to stick flowers in! Without a fence, just widen,shape, and merge the paper into the trunk to the bottom of the wall, stapling as you go.

Don’t forget to read The Giving Tree under your child’s new bedroom or playroom tree!

You can call me tree crazy. The paper tree was fitting for my oldest daughter’s garden room. But I choose a palm tree for my middle daughter’s beach room. While I was thinking about how to make a paper palm tree, I found this one on clearance and couldn’t pass it up. They love reading under a palm tree at the beach.

But I did get to make a paper palm tree with my 5 year old son once. Which leads me to a question for you…

I want to add a special tree in to his “Adventure Room” (maps, travel, binoculars, sleeping bag bedspread)…but I’m not sure what tree grows in an Adventure Room. I have received two main suggestions…A Kapok Tree (like the book) or a Banyan Tree. Pictures below. It’s on my To Do list, which doesn’t really mean anything. He’s the 3rd kid, so…you know.

Kapok Tree Photo by Lolly Knit

Banyan Tree by Andrew Schmidt

Happy Treeing! Shelisa


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  1. Sometimes I am in charge of decorating for church productions. I’ll definitely keep this tree in mind. Thanks for the idea. The whole unit looks great.

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