June 25, 2013

DIY Truffula Tree Decorations

In need of some Lorax themed decor? Check out these adorable DIY truffula trees! These were made for a baby shower, but can easily be adapted for birthday parties, bedrooms, or whatever your Lorax needs may be. 

Here's what you'll need. Everything can be found at your favorite craft store & maybe a trip to Target, too.

- Feather boa hair clip
- Craft wire
- Wire cutters/pliers
- Masking tape, plain and/or colored
- Permanent markers, black fine-point and regular yellow(or whatever color you want)
- Regular clear Scotch tape
- Plastic balloon sticks (make sure they are hollow)
- 2"strip from 12x12" scrapbook paper
- Burp cloth
- Ribbon 
- Scissors

Instructions for the base:
Step 1: Fold burp cloth into thirds.

 Step 2: Roll up the folded burp cloth, creating a spiral top as you roll.

 Step 3: Wrap the 2" strip of paper around the roll and tape.

 Step 4: Wrap the ribbon around the paper and tie.

Instructions for the truffula tree:
Step 1: If using plain masking tape, color the tape your desired color with a permanent marker.

 Step 2: Draw zig-zag lines over colored tape with black fine-point permanent marker.

 Step 3: Line your balloon stick up with the edge of the tape and stick it down.

 Step 4: Roll stick onto tape. You can easily fix any gaps or imperfections in the tape using your permanent markers to fill it in.

 Step 5: Gently bend the stick to create your tree trunk. I did not need a heat source to do this, but if you are having trouble, just put the sticks on top of (not inside!) a toaster oven or somewhere that they can warm up a bit and you should have no trouble bending the sticks.

Step 6: Cut the hair clip off of the boa.

Step 7: Cut a piece of wire ~5-6" long.

 Step 8: Bend the wire in half. Wrap the core of the boa into an "O" with the ends overlapping. Secure with the wire and twist.

Step 9: Assemble the tree by sticking the two wires into one end of your tree trunk. Then stick the other end of the tree trunk into the base.

And there you have it. A super cute and fun little truffula tree, just waiting to dance around in the breeze. Make a whole forest of them.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

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