Someone posted a CUTE Chickaboom Boom Tree. Of course I wanted to modify it and make the tree a magnetic tree in order to use it as a manipulative and let the kids put magnetic letters going up the tree. I am frustrated because I really want to use this tree in our reading corner and I already have a few ideas on how to use it in our lessons. I can't seem to make it happen though. First I thought about using the empty cardboard carpet roll cut down and painting it (or something else) with a magnetic brown paint. In order to do this though I have to use 2 kinds of paint and this costs over $25 to do. Then I decided I would use big empty food cans. I would stack them together and adhere chocolate brown duct tape to hold them together and to "paint" the bark. Not only do I not know if the magnetic letters are strong enough to go through the tape but I can't find the chocolate brown duct tape at Walmart or Home Depot (still looking elsewhere). I don't really want to buy it online. The idea was to have this as the base and then to have my husband drill a hole through the cans to put in an old umbrella (strip the fabric) and then make stuffed leaves covering the umbrella wires. Someone has a cute picture of this. When I get back from shopping today, I'll try to find it. In the meantime, can you help me brainstorm this project?