Friday, July 16, 2010

Modern Family Tree

As I was typing the title, I was reminded of my favorite TV show right now, Modern Family. Boy do I HEART that show. Seriously, thank heavens for DVR so that I can have whatever episode I want to watch on hand when I need a good gut busting, tear-inducing laugh.

Sorry I digress. This post is supposed to be about my homemade gift idea...although not homemade, I am pretty sure a season of Modern Family would be a good gift...again I digress!

Okay so one of my FAVORITE gifts to give is a family tree. ANY kind of family tree. It is one of those gifts that can be sentimental and stylish at the same time. Here is my latest family tree project. 

Modern Family Tree


It is pretty easy to make this, just takes a little patience with the drawing and then cutting out of the tree shape.

You will need:
art canvas, your desired size
spray paint
freezer paper
tree image

I found an image online for a tree shape I liked. I searched google images to find one. There are so many places to find an image you like.

Draw your image on a sheet of freezer paper that will cover your canvas. I free handed the stencil for my image, based off of the image I printed off. You could totally take your image and blow up the image at a photo copy shop...I was too lazy to actually go to one.



Once I was done, I outlined it with a black marker, to see it better.



Then I used an exacto knife and started cutting the whole thing out. This is the part that takes some patience intermixed with candy breaks.



I also printed off the year that the "tree" started...aka the year we got married. Traced it onto freezer paper and then cut out the individual numbers.



Using a dry, low heat iron, iron on your tree stencil and your numbers. Once they are in place, you can start spray painting.

Start with a light coat. Then follow up with additional coats until coverage is complete.



Now, make sure your stencil is good and attached OR this might happen...



But don't panic, with a paint brush, some more patience, some more candy, and a little bit of this...



You get this...



Lovely. The perfect stylish and sentimental gift.


Linking up with:

Tatertots and Jello
The Girl Creative
Sew Can Do
Someday Crafts
Blue Crickets Design
Somewhat Simple

12 comments:

Lauren said...

This is a cute idea!

And I love love love Modern Family!

A Curious Fox

mle said...

You had me at Modern Family!
LOVE your project : )

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

such a great project, and I love Modern Family as well, so funny! I saw you over at Tatertots.

Mine for the Making said...

LOVE this!! Turned out lovely...and I love the color choice :)

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love your tree! Great colors and graphic design.

Kami @ Everyday Heaven said...

Great job. i have been thinking about making something like this. Maybe adding some leaves with people in the families names.

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

This is such a cute idea! And now it's on my to-do list . . . when I ever find the time! :]

Denise said...

Also a Modern Family fan! :) LOVE the family tree. I think it would make a great wedding gift for a couple- super cute.

elise engh said...

I really like this idea! And using spray paint is genius. That makes it easy.

Amanda said...

Hi Larissa, I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/family-tree-displays/

If you would like a "featured by" button, let me know ;)

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this! I am featuring it on crazydomestic.com on 10/26. Thanks for the inspiration!
-Steph

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