Make It: A Simple Wood Veneer Mobile

created at: 05/14/2012

How cute is this little wood veneer mobile?? I kind of want to make a million of them… and then, I guess, give them away? I don’t know what I’d do with a million adorable mobiles. But, gosh darnit, I want to make ’em!   

Melanie from You Are My Fave made this sweet tree mobile for her soon-to-arrive baby. While it would certainly be precious in a nursery, I think it would look just as swell in a non-baby-themed room. Continue Reading

How To: Make DIY 3D Gingerbread Christmas Trees!

created at: 12/21/2011

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas Eve day activity the whole family can enjoy, look no further.  Make these 3D gingerbread trees today and have fun decorating them all weekend!   



Megan Reardon from the fabulous blog Not Martha created this easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own 3D gingerbread Christmas trees, including tips for creating your own original tree templates.  If you don’t have tree-shaped cookie cutters to springboard off of, she also offers some printable templates to help you out.   Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Easy DIY Mini Tabletop Trees!

created at: 12/12/2011

So you’ve decked the halls with handmade wreaths, creative stockings, and DIY ornaments galore.  Now it’s time to take that same crafty passion to the table!  Here are a few of our favorite mini tabletop Christmas trees you can make yourself–happy crafting!   


created at: 12/12/2011

1. Mini Balsa Wood Tree

2. Felt Shingle Tree

3. Kitschy Felt Holiday Trees

4. Yarn-Wrapped Ornament Tree

created at: 12/12/2011

5. Printed Paper Tree

6. Folded Paper Kirigami Trees

7. Sparkly Craft Paper Trees

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How To: Make Felt Holiday Trees!

created at: 11/21/2011

These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun.  Also?  They’re easy as pie–you’ll have your own mini forest in no time!   


Colorful scallops and fabulous embellishments are the key to pulling off these simple felt Christmas trees (not to mention it’s a great way to use up scrap materials).  Blogger Danielle Thompson provides a great tutorial and loads of inspiring photos, so check out her how-to over on Thompson Family Life!

I love all the lace, ric rac, buttons, and bells that Danielle uses. Continue Reading

DIY Birch Tree Wall Decals

Michelle wanted to dress up the walls of her baby’s room, but wanted something a bit less permanent than paint for her rental home. Her solution was creating a wall mural using removable contact paper. How did she make the knotty bark look so realistic? With a sponge!    Here’s the entire supplies list:

  • scissors
  • sponge
  • tape measure
  • contact paper, Michelle used off white
  • acrylic paint, including yellow, black, read, orange and lime green

For the entire tutorial, visit this page on Make. Continue Reading

How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

some of those half empty buckets of paint that seem to perpetually lurk in the corners of every garage.

You will need:

Cereal Boxes (or Similar Packaging)

Left-over House or Wall Paint

White Glue

Packing Tape

Poster Gum

How To:

#1: Cut boxes into flat sections, arrange with wider sections at the base of trunk and narrower pieces at the top. Continue Reading

Whole Tree Architecture

whole tree architecture, sustainable design, green design, green architecture, renewable materials, managed forests

Whole Tree Architecture is in the business of using what lumber companies consider scrap and incorporated it into beautiful architecture.

The ‘scrap’ is culled trees from the building sight, trees thinned from forests or trees downed by wind or disease. You can probably guess this practice has ecological and economic benefits, but it also has engineering benefits too. Forest Products Laboratory tells us ‘a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree.’ Continue Reading