Sunday, June 17, 2012

DIY: Palm Tree

I finally finished my palm tree and OMG is it adorable! I love it and everything about it! Thanks to the help of my Mom and a cloudy Sunday afternoon, we finished it and with time to spare. Mom was able to cook and the fam came over to celebrate my sweet and wonderful Dad! Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

Here is the top view.
I started out with this. A carpet roll mounted on some 2x4s. I think that's what they are? ha I don't know, my Uncle Ronnie put this together for me!
Next, I followed DeAnna's directions step by step (well - except for ONE part). I used the LARGE lunch bags instead of grocery bags. {DeAnna's Palm Tree Directions}
 I cut the bottoms off like this...
 See? It's kinda like a cylinder when you open it up and round it out. You should have two open sides. 
 After you've cut, you scrunch your paper bags making layered circles. 
Add them to your carpet roll. I used nothing to secure them....just kept adding and sliding them on the tube. All in all, the tube took about 50 of the lunch bags vs. 20-25 had I used the big grocery bags. 
Afterwards, I stripped a golf umbrella of it's umbrella (does that make sense?) leaving only the "bones." I didn't take a picture of this! Oops! My Mom helped me make a leaf pattern out of wrapping paper. This was great to use because the back of the paper had a grid on it for easy cutting and measuring. We folded our leaf in half and pinned it to our fabric, which was also folded in half. 
 Here is a close up view of the grid. I HIGHLY recommend making and using a pattern.
After we unpinned it, the fabric opened up to make a leaf! I forgot to snap a pic of that, too! So sorry. Anyways, we simply slid it over the umbrella wiring and secured with hot glue. Easy peasy!
And viola! It's done and oh so presh! 
What do ya'll think? I'm feeling rather Martha Stewart like! 

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Wow! Looks great!

Heather's Heart said...

It looks wonderful!

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Heather
Heather's Heart

Katy said...

Love it! I was just looking at Deanna's again last night to see what all I needed to make mine! Love that you used lunch sacks - I was wondering how I was going to get those grocery sacks! lol. Thanks for sharing - love your tree!!! :)

Katy
Kindergarten Katy

Jennifer Tilton said...

I LOVE IT! I think ever K room should have a Chicka Chicka Tree. Mine is not as beautiful and useful as yours- it is a palm tree pinata with foam letters attached and the book sits beside it!
Great Job,
Jennifer
kindertrips

Mrs. Egley said...

I love your palm tree (Love Love Love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!) Question for you - how much material did you need to buy for the leaves? Making a palm tree is on my summer to do list!!! Thanks

Mrs.Egley’sKindergarten

Erin Eberhart said...

@Mrs. Egley - I bought 5 yards and prob could've used around 4 but it would be pushing it! The fabric I used was on clearance for $3/yard so I snatched it up!!

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

LOVE this tree. It would be perfect for the beginning of the year when we do Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

April
Wolfelicious

Miss King said...

I LOVE it and oh how I want to make this! I wanted to last summer when I first saw it on Mrs. Jump's sight, but I never did it! Thanks for the motivation. :) Hopefully this will be added to my summer projects!

Deanna Jump said...

You are too smart! The lunch bags are WAY easier. Your tree came out adorable! :)

Cindy Price said...

I like how you posted it step by step with pictures. It makes it a lot easier to understand and follow the directions especially for a visual learner like me.

Raevers said...

This is exceptionally adorable, and I have recruited the hubs to help me make one for my class :) What weight/type material did you use (i.e., cotton blend or was it a heavier like decorator fabric)? Thanks for the pictorial instructions. SUPER job!

Camille Fargo said...

So cool! Thanks for showing me how to put one of these together!! :)

Michele said...

Love your palm tree!! I've been wanting to purchase one to make a fun reading area with beach lounge chairs and maybe a fun umbrella, but the ones I've looked at are super expensive! Do you think it would be safe to add some rope lights to the trunk part and maybe some green Christmas lights to the leaves? I would obviously only plug it in while I'm at school!