I found this idea from one of my favorite blogs. Here is her post on this project
(plus SO much more): 1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com
First, we dot-painted the ground (white construction paper) to represent the fall leaves.
Then we painted paper towel rolls to represent our tree. This was the favorite part and the kids concentrated so hard making sure to cover every spot.
Love how Amada is "observing"
To finish it up I cut slits on the bottom of the paper towel tubes and glued/taped to their "ground". I also cut slits in the top of the tubes and bent them for the branches. I cut leaves out of construction paper using fall colors, then the kids glued them to their trees and ground.
Here is the finished product! Theses turned out great and the kids had a fun time making them.