How to make a Tree Trunk with Craft Paper – If you need to make a tree trunk to use as a stand or decoration, you can make your own at home using craft paper. Craft paper is an ideal material for building tree trunks for scenery or props for a haunted house.
How to make a Tree Trunk with Craft Paper
- Determine how big you want the tree trunk to be. For a life-size tree trunk that stands on a stage, 1.5 m is a good measure for an average trunk. Consider the size of your actors as well. If they are children, the tree will grow larger next to them. If the tree trunk is made for an interactive design, such as a haunted house or fancy display, then you will need to be 1.5 meters or more. The width of the trunk should be adequate so that it stands on its own.
- Arrange the crafting paper to size and width to the desired size. For a 1.5 m tree, measure and cut 1.5 m of paper. Attach the two long sides with staples at the top and bottom, and cover the joint with tape. For a taller tree, create another tube and add it to the end of that with tape and clips. For a larger tree, and you may be able to stand on your own, make several shorter trunk sections by connecting the ends of the paper.
- Lift the trunk by its end, and fill it with crumpled newspaper. The newspaper will offer stability and weight to your trunk. Use several strips of masking tape in the lower opening to prevent the newspaper from leaving the trunk.
- Cut a long piece, then tear it or cut it into narrow strips. Knead the strips to soften the appearance of the paper, and staple them to the tree trunk from the top. Fold on the top some of the kneaded strips so that they are over the trunk, correct them with a few staples, and staple the remaining tips again on the trunk at the bottom. Add at least one layer of kneaded strips to give the texture of the tree trunk, and to hide the seams taped.
- Add more color and texture to the tree trunk with gouache paint. Use multiple colors to highlight sections and dimension the trunk. Periodically go to the back of the room to get a perspective on how the tree trunk gets from the public viewpoint.
Tips & Warnings
- To ensure that the tree trunk is in place on the stage, attach the top or bottom to the floor or wall using a staple gun.
- Add twigs and leaves in a similar fashion using narrow twisted craft paper pieces stapled to the top and sides of the trunk.