Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to make a Pier 1 Inspired Wishing Tree




My inspiration for today's art project came from Pier 1. I've been swooning over tree art for the last few months. I love both of the below pictures for different reasons. I love the softness and muted colors of the picture on the left. However, it retails for $299.95, which is way outside my current decorating budget.

The second picture is also lovely. It is vibrant, happy, and within my budget ($29.95). However, it was pretty big when I saw it in the store. Also, the background colors came in blue or orange--neither of which really blends into our neutral-colored home.

Pier 1 Blue Happy Tree--$29.95.
Pier 1 Wishing Tree--sold for $299.95.

I decided to make my own tree art based on these two pictures. It was a simple project--the whole thing took about an hour and I was able to make it using all supplies I have on hand. Plus, I was able to use some of my favorite scrapbook papers to make something custom for my home. I'm happy with the results and I think my picture is a nice alternative to the Pier 1 pictures--until I can save up for the more expensive picture. :)

Materials and supplies
- Canvas (8x10)
- Scrapbook paper in various patterns
- Scissors
- Mod Podge
- Hole punch (I used 1 & 3/8" punch)
- Craft paint
- 2 foam brushes



How to make this picture

1. Paint the canvas with craft paint. I applied one coat of a light yellow craft paint, using a foam brush. I just squirted the paint right onto the foam brush. It seemed to work fine and it stayed nice and neat.


2. Wait for the paint to dry. It was still slightly tacky when I moved on to step 3.

 
3. Cut out the tree trunk. I just cut this out freehand. You could try downloading a free printable if you want to trace something more specific. 

You could also try painting the tree trunk and adding more branches, like the second Pier 1 picture. I tried a couple of painted versions, but had better luck cutting the trunk out of scrapbook paper.



4. Cut out the "leaves." I went with a round hole punch. You could also cut a traditional leave shape, if you want that look. This site has a good tutorial for cutting uniform leaves. It's Doable.


5. Start laying out the leaves. Don't attach them until you have a sense for the layout that you'll want.


6. Once you've settled on a layout, attach the paper to the canvas. I used Mod Podge to do this using another foam brush. I applied the adhesive to the back of the paper, then attached them to the canvas. Then I applied the Mod Podge across the entire picture, to seal it.

The Mod Podge gives a slightly shiny look. I didn't mind that for this project, but if you want a more matte look, you could try hot glue or another paper adhesive.

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14 comments:

  1. hi. i following the GFC blog hop, late i know. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog, Bev. I just took a look at yours. Great job!

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  2. This is such a pretty project Melissa! You did a great job! I love the colours you chose! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Angie. I'm glad you like it!

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  3. You are very creative. I love your wishing tree! Stopping by from SITS!

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    1. Sherelle, Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. This is so adorable! I love the paper combination along with the paint color. Very pretty!

    Nichole
    www.pinkieforpink.com

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    1. Thanks so much Nichole. I love the projects on your blog too!

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  5. This is really cute! So simple to make. Love the color combinations!

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured.

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lanaya! I'll be sure to stop by your blog on Friday.

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  6. I like your version much better than Pier One's...
    You are one talented person!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! Glad you liked this project!

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  7. Neat! Maybe I'll try it.
    I just joined yun's little bloghop from blogaholics.
    Had some free time and decided, why not be social? :)
    I'm at http://mruttleysz.wordpress.com if you care to pay a return visit.
    Yeah, neat ideas. My girlfriend would really think it was sweet if I made her a valentine using a heart hole-punch. Might just have to get me one of them thingies.
    Nice blog. Keep sharin'!
    All the best in 2013.
    Uttley

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