This was one of those projects this year that my fifth graders LOVED. Consequently, so did all of my other grade levels and now they can't wait to make them too! I saw this idea on Pinterest and she originally used large macrame hoops as the loom. She then simplified it down and used Chinette plates (which work out JUST fine, though the hoops are absolutely gorgeous!)
We started by painting a simple landscape on the plate with tempera paints. When they were dried I gave them a cutting template with 9 cuts on the top and 2 on the bottom to string the loom for the "tree".
I brought all my kids down to the floor for this. Once you get all the yarn strung from top to bottom, you then pull your last piece down about halfway and wrap it around and around and around to create the "trunk" of the tree.
(you can see how the trunk is wrapped here. When you are finished wrapping, tie the end off on the bottom to secure it.
I gave my students options as to which yarn they could weave...fall colors in this case.
Honestly, the hardest part of this project is stringing the "loom". Once you have that, you're good to go!