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Friday, February 27, 2009

DIY Friday: Make a Tree

If you are anything like me, the plants in your house have a deathwish. You're waaay too distracted to give them the TLC they want and need, so they pull passive-agressive tricks like turning yellow and dropping leaves. You don't even notice their ploys for attention.

But you still want something plant-shaped. You might even want something tree-shaped. Why not try making your own tree?

I adapted the instructions from Mark Montano's Poe Tree in the Big-Ass Book of Crafts, in which he cuts up book pages and branches and whips them all together into a cool-looking fusion of art and nature.

You will need: branches, scissors, pretty paper, and Elmer's Glue.
Active time: about an hour.

Now is a great time to get branches, before they start sprouting spring leaves. I cut some long, interesting branches from our Red Twig Dogwood, arranged them in a medium pot, and secured the bunch with red thread. Then I put a bunch of rocks into the pot and filled in the rest with leftover red fish tank pebbles.

Books are way more sacred than plants in my house, so I opted to use art papers instead. You can use just one paper or many. Fold your paper about four inches deep, then cut leaf shapes along the folded edge. They don't have to be perfect! Just leaf-ish.

Then put a drop of glue at the inside center of each leaf and hang it on the tree. You-Know-Who helped me with this part and got a big kick out of it. Let dry for a few hours, and voila! You have a tree!


  1. Oh thank you, now I can have a plant tree in my home and it will live despite my efforts to kill! Thanks!!:)

  2. I've been wanting to do this project for a while...you've inspired me to get going!