Let me start by expressing just how fun this project was to create!! It encompasses all of the points that make a DIY – a DIY. Glue, paint, imagination, patience, problem solving… and it was meaningful. It really was the epitome of an amazing project!
It started out as a humble tabletop creation for my girls. I simply wanted to have something they could see daily. Something that made them more aware of what it is they’re thankful for, and I wanted them to be reminded each day that they have beautiful blessings in their lives. Ta-da! This little ode to a tree was created.
Ok but back to this beauty!
A very special, amazing person whom I love dearly, saw my post and asked me to create one on a bigger scale. As a teacher, she wanted to use this for her classroom, and have the children make the leaves from their little handprints. How perfect is that?? No way I could turn down this challenge.
Because the branches are so tall and pliable, I wanted to add stability and a sense of “real-ness” as one tree trunk. This is where string really came in handy! I simply tied the branches together in several places. Then I sprayed the “tree ” white. The gold they originally came as was beautiful too… but very shiny!
For its base I used a terra cotta pot, painted it with chalk paint, and filled it with florist foam. I stuck the trunk of the tree as far down into the foam as I could. It still needed stability though – think of planting tall flowers here. So rocks were added around the base to weigh down the foam amd hold it into place.
I found white rocks and threw them around the florist foam. (faux grass would look very cute too!!) And just for visual appeal, I added some faux mini leaves and glued them to a few of the rocks.
As a final part of painting, I always try to seal my projects. For this, I used a clear finishing spray and lightly sprayed all over.
To add a little touch of pizzazz, I added lighting to the tree as well. I found wire led lighting and wrapped it around the branches. Lighting makes everything better, right?!!
And we couldn’t go without adding a little sign, just to let everyone know this trees’ purpose.
Now, it was ready for the kids and their handprints. =)
I imagine it was a great time in that classroom… what a fun, thoughtful, and sincere project to complete with the kiddos! (Reason #382, 976, 284 that I adore this teacher!!) The perfect way to remind ourselves to consider all of the amazing things we have in our lives on a daily basis, instead of a couple times throughout the year.
And in this crazy world, I couldn’t imagine a better project.