Save the Trees Bag

Lesson #9996

Create an environmentally conscious bag for Earth Day or any day.

Grade Level:

Encourage environmental awareness with thoughtful gifts for Earth Day or any day. Decorate paper bags with die-cut trees and insert seed packets to encourage planting. This lesson will support units on conservation and natural resources while developing an appreciation for habitats and community.

Decorate a paper bag to raise awareness of natural resources and fill with seeds to encourage planting.

12082-TY-Ellison SureCut Die - Apples, Tiny - Tiny 12224-TY-Ellison SureCut Die - Bees, Tiny - Tiny 15145-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Tree - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Marking Pen (black), Mat Board, Paper Lunch Bag, Glue, Ribbon, Vellum

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Trim a paper lunch bag to about 7" tall.
  2. Cut a 4 1/2" by 2" rectangle and label it "Save the Trees." Mat a slightly larger piece of green paper behind it (Figure A).
  3. Adhere the matted label to the front of the bag.
  4. Die-cut the Tiny Bees from black and yellow paper. To embellish, keep one color whole and adhere highlights from the other color. Cut a small piece of vellum to create a wing. Attach the vellum to the Bee (Figure B).
  5. Adhere the completed Bee to a corner of the label.
  6. Die-cut a Tree from green and brown construction paper and cardstock. As an option, die-cut a Tree from mat paper or chipboard also.
  7. Keep the green Tree whole. Cut away the trunk from the brown Tree. Layer and adhere the brown trunk to the green Tree. If desired, adhere the embellished tree to mat paper or chipboard Tree for durability and dimension. Adhere the Tree to the bag.
  8. Die-cut Tiny Apples from green and red paper. To embellish, keep one color whole and adhere highlights from the other color. Adhere the apples to the tree.
  9. Cut an 11" piece of green construction paper and attach to inside of the bag to create a handle.
  10. Decorate the handle with a red, checkered ribbon (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • K-4 - Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • 5-8 - Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • 5-8 - Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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