Originally Posted by curlybeanie
I am starting a new job in a couple of weeks and my husband and I really want to build a life-like tree in my classroom. The problem is that we don't even know where to begin!!!
I think it needs to be about 7 feet tall and fairly light weight so that it can be moved if/when necessary! Any ideas? I am desperate for help!
Hi Beth, I have a great easy tree for you that can be done in about an hour.
you will need:
2'x2' flat, round piece of wood
dowel 4-6" thick 4 feet long
cardboard rug roll
green stretch material
Go to lowes/home depot and get a precut wooden round peice about 2' x2'. Usually near the wood accsories.
then get a DOWEL ABOUT 4-6 inches thick and at least 4 feet tall
ask if they have any cardboard carpet rolls (if not try a carpet store)
cut carpet roll to desired height
At a fabric store get enough quilt padding and brown material to cover the "trunk" of the tree.
get enough stretchy green facric to cover the umbrella twice.
screw dowel into wooden round
cover rug roll with padding.
cover padding with brown cloth
take the fabric off your umbrella so only the wire remain
drape you greeen fabric around the spokes to create leaves
place covered rug roll on top of dowel so dowel is in the middle for support
place handle of the umbrella into the top of the tree trunk.
Nylons filled with cotton can be used to make coconuts.
Home this helps