Stunning Winter Tree Silhouette

We noticed many of our trees have lost almost all of their leaves, so we were inspired to create something special. With very little help from me, Emily was able to paint this silhouette with beautiful results! To make your own, all you will need is a little masking tape, paper, and some watercolor paint!

Emily went out to the yard and gathered some branches for us to observe. We noted how thinner branches always grow from thicker branches and never the other way around. We made a shadow with the branch and noticed that we could still see the texture from the bark in the shadow.
Then we got to work ripping strips of masking tape to use as branches.
She arranged them on the paper so the thinner branches extended from thicker branches. We also noticed how trees have many, many branches!
Next, we made sure the masking tape was pressed down firmly with a popsicle stick to ensure the paint did not get under the masking tape.
Then it was time to paint! Emily went to town with the painting! A little blue here, some gray there… a tiny bit of brown in this spot.
Now, you need to put the project away for a bit. Go for a walk. Get yourself a cup of coffee. Go read the paper. Do a load of laundry. Make sure the painting is completely dry before attempting to take off the masking tape. This is important.
Now, carefully peel off the tape. I found it worked best to pull on an angle, as shown.
My proud little artist went off to hang her painting in her room. We’re going to have to open a gallery soon!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    That was my favorite branch, and now it is broken. πŸ™


  2. @ Mark — There seem to be no shortage of branches in the yard. Pick another favorite.

  3. @Valerie

    But, it won't be the same!

    *shuffles feet in the dirt*

  4. what a lovely idea.

  5. Cute project. How do you display all of that art work?

  6. I love it!

  7. Vicki and Noel says

    I really loved this project. I linked it to my blog for others to see as well. Great job!

  8. I love this!!!

  9. EntertainingMom says

    absolutely STUNNING!!!

  10. Stunning is the right word for this painting. When the leaves finally fall off the trees around here, we are going to make this project.

  11. A Magical Childhood says

    Oh how gorgeous! My kids have been painting watercolor pictures for two days straight and tomorrow I'll show them this to mix things up. πŸ™‚

  12. @ Vicki and Noel — Thank you so much for the link! I love the name of your blog. So clever!

    @ Denise — I would love for Clara to make one of these too. Of course, I would do all the masking tape ahead of time, since she's so young, but I think she would love to paint all over it.

  13. Night Owl Mama says

    She did a amazing JOB. Its beautiful So creative too

  14. Amy@Let's Explore says

    That turned out so great – love it! πŸ™‚

  15. jugglingmotherhood says

    Another great craft idea!
    One of the things I love about your ideas is that they often use everyday household items. We can do these activities without needing to make a special trip to the craft store!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a lovely idea. Can't wait to try this for our winter seasonal table!

  17. Mom and Kiddo says

    Oh, I love resist painting, and this is lovely.

  18. That is beautiful!

  19. very nice idea!
    do you think it would be ok for a 2 yars old? or maybe it would be better to wait a couple of years?

  20. That is absolutely beautiful. Would make a great gift – matted and in a frame.

    Mark & Valerie: LOL!!

  21. Cenzi Stiles says

    what a great idea!!! I am gonna try with robots.. my boys would love this!

  22. What a cute project! I love it… I think that I am going to have to give this one a try.

  23. This turned out great – such a cute idea!

  24. Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom says

    beautiful! πŸ™‚ With my daughter's current water painting obsession we'll be sure to try this!

  25. That is a beautiful project! I want to make one myself.


  26. Mommy, I'm Home says

    That is just beautiful…

  27. @ jugglingmotherhood — Thank you so much! We try to keep our crafts and activities very simple, so they use items most households would already have on hand. It saves money, and in most cases it's good for the environment too!

    @ cipi — Hello, again! Great to see you back here. I think a 2 yr old could absolutely handle this one. Try setting up the masking tape yourself first, and then let your little one paint all over it. I plan to have Clara make one of these soon, and she is 1 1/2 yrs. old.

  28. @ Cenzi — What a great idea to do this with robots! I love it!!

  29. That turned out beautiful!

  30. Thank you Val, I'll try this winter, after moving in our "new" house. I just needed lots of good ideas to entertain my little boy without a garden or a possibility to go out.

  31. I bet my kids would love this!

  32. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    Linked and love it! :>)

  33. says

    I have had a hard time keeping my kids out of the tape. Now I have a way to harness that tape interest into something more productive than big and tangly messes. Thanks. I look forward to doing this project soon. I hope it is okay to link to your blog when I write about the project on mine.

  34. This is such a great art project! I'm going to try it with my kids. I just love the ideas you have. I look at your blog ALL the time. By the way I highly recommend trying the blue painters tape with these sort of projects(you should be able to find it in any hardware store) goes on and comes off so easily! Thanks again for your wonderful blog!

  35. Brimful Curiosities says

    Very, very pretty.

  36. This was such a cute idea and my girls really enjoyed creating their trees.
    I do have a request, I run a blog at
    where I post craft projects that the girls and I do. I'd like to post this with your premission of caourse and I'll mention your blog in the directions along with a link if that is OK with you.

  37. Just wanted to let you know we used this idea & it was a success! πŸ™‚ I posted about it & linked to your blog here:


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