Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Push Pin Tree Tutorial


I am loving the challenge of coming up with new, creative, simple and redefined tutorials for my blog and today's project is simple but a great alternative to spending lots of money on decorative trees. It seems like sparkly, beaded and decorative trees are in all the store (and they are not cheap!!!) So while browsing the mall over the holiday I suddenly thought of a great way to create my own- but using simple materials- push pins and tacks!


Start with a styrofoam tree form ( I will also using a styrofoam ball)


Paint the styrofoam with a base color- I chose silver.


Next use push pins and begin placing them into the surface of the styrofoam.
There are some really fun push pins and tacks in the many of the office supply stores- use fun colors, metallic or even unique shaped push pins!




Push the pins into the surface of the styrofoam - If you are nervous about the pins staying in, add a little bit of craft glue, or even hot glue to the tip of the pin before you push it in.


A variation with the push pins could be alternating different colors, creating a pattern even going horizontal around the tree-get creative!!

I am keeping it simple by using one color.


Keep your tree simple or add more decoration.


Create a styrofoam ball to add to the top of the tree or even use the same concept to make ornaments or even a wreath from styrofoam. shapes.




Add the ball to the top of the tree with hot glue or use a pin to connect the two.

14 comments:

kittyj said...

SWEET!!! Love it!

Kathleen Kibblehouse said...

Another great idea.

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Alisa...did you see the CBS Sunday Morning show last week.. they had an amazing artsit.. i can't remember his name unfortunately.. who makes huge portraits usining push pins in primary colors.. it was so wow! See if you can find it...

idagray said...

Love the tree. You can also use your scraps in small circles, then secure with the pin. I can picture that looking really cool.

Ludid said...

this would be great in a guestroom for relatives visiting during the holidays. thanks for sharing this idea.

~Valentina~ said...

Alisa, your tutorials are *GREAT* thanks for sharing :)

CupcakeSniper said...

wow you are sooo creative! thank you for this!

Alison said...

Love it! Thank you.

Apt. #34 said...

Totally brilliant - love it!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Ooh that is so pretty! What a great way to get a tree in custom colors. I'll be linking.

muebles tres cantos said...

I think everybody ought to browse on it.

craftsncoffee said...

Very pretty topiary, and a great tutorial! I just posted a link on the StyroCraft FB page. Thank you, Alisa. Sharon

Heidi Szczepanski said...

These trees are beautiful. Very nice idea.

Heidi
Exede

Lee Ann said...

Hello Alisa,
Can I just say WOW!!! I have been looking at your creations and I feel like my brain has come alive. Thank you!!!

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