DIY Tree of Life

Appropriate for grades:
Subject areas: Visual and Performing Arts

The Tree of Life is an image found in many forms of folk art across cultures. Trees provide humans, animals, and birds with food, shade, homes, and materials for a wide variety of uses. The oldest tree in the world, Pando, a colony of Quaking Aspen in Utah, is 80,000 years old. The oldest individual tree is a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine in California that is over 5,000 years old. It’s no wonder that trees are a universal symbol of longevity and life!  In Mexican Folk Art, ceramic Trees of Life often show birds, animals, angels and nativity scenes, while other traditions might include religious and fertility symbols.


You'll need:

  • cardboard (cereal box) or railroad board
  • construction or decorative papers
  • scissors
  • liquid glue or stick
  • pencil
  • markers or colored pencils
  • sequins or gems
  • plastic flowers & leaves (optional)




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