You can buy large quantities of tissue paper on Amazon which is ideal for making an entire forest of truffula trees!
What says Dr. Seuss more than Truffula Trees?? These truffula trees are SO simple to make that anyone can do it! I promise!
To make your own truffula trees you’ll need:
colored tissue paper (8 sheets per tree)
construction paper (or bulletin board paper) (black and yellow)
pipe cleaners or wire
For each truffula tree you will need 8 sheets of the same colored tissue paper. Lay your 8 sheets of colored tissue paper down flat on a table like shown below all in one stack.
Next you’ll need to fold your tissue paper accordion style in 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch segments. To start fold the tissue paper down about an inch or so then fold it back the other way just like you would do to make a paper fan. Continue doing this until your entire group of tissue paper is folded.
Once you have completely folded your tissue paper accordion style you’ll need to take one piece of wire (I actually used pipe cleaners since that is all I had) and tie it tightly in the middle of your folded tissue paper stack. Then trim both ends of the folded tissue paper to make the ends slightly rounded as shown below.
Now it starts to get to the fun part!
Next fan out your tissue paper like I’ve shown above.
Once you’ve stretched your tissue paper out to mimic a fan you’ll need to take one layer of tissue paper and pull it up to completely separate it from the stack. Do the next layer, and the next and the next. Repeat on the opposite side. You will have pulled up a total of 4 sheets of tissue paper on each side of the fan. Now flip it over and do the same exact thing for the other side!
Above you can see that I have completed one side of “fluffing” or separating the tissue paper layers, and I am getting ready to work on the top 4 layers.
When you are done pulling the tissue paper apart in separate layers it will look like a beautiful flower! There is no special method to separating the layers and pulling them up – when you’re done it will all look pretty much like the one I did above! Be careful not to tear the tissue paper, however, as it is delicate.
Next we will make the truffala tree trunk. I used yellow and black construction paper cute into small squares. They don’t have to be perfect. In fact mine were all a little crooked and I liked it better that way – it looked more “Seuss-like”! I also saw the truffula trunk made by twisting yellow and black bulletin board paper together (you can see this on Mrs. Shininger’s blog which inspired me to make our own truffula trees.). I did not have access to bulletin board paper and the construction paper is just as simple to use!
Simple lay the squares of construction paper in a line alternating colors, then tape them together on the back. You can get creative in making the trunks “crooked” or “curved” – whichever suits your design area the best.
These are a LOT of fun for your home, daycare center, preschool, or school! They don’t take very long to make – about 10 minutes per truffula tree.