Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Advent Picture Tree

Did you all follow Wood you like to craft? last week?  It was awesome!  We had a blast sharing our Halloween advent displays.  The link party is going on now and we want to see all Halloween wood crafts, so be sure to link up!  In the meantime I wanted to share my project from last week in case you missed it.  Enjoy!

Hello wood crafting friends!  Its Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here and I am SO excited to share my project  with you today!  I know I've said it before, but I love WYLTC!  Each month it pushes me to create something that I never would have otherwise.  Some of my most prized creations (besides my children) are WYLTC projects.  But I think this one is my all time favorite.

When the Crafty Sisters first shared this month's project I was so excited.  I  loved the idea of an advent tree, but the last thing my kids need in October is more candy.  I also had been brainstorming ideas on how to display pictures of Halloween's past so I knew I would kill two birds with one stone and create a count down tree with a photo display.

Ready to see it?

I just love it!

The base is magnetic so I can change out the number tiles while we count down to the big day.  And the tree itself hangs little pictures of my kiddos in their costumes.  So cute!  I just love looking back on all those fun memories!

So if you want to make your own, here is the method to my madness.  (its easy... promise!)

First I drew the tree silhouette onto a piece of 1/8" plywood and cut it out with my scroll saw.

If you are a newbie with a scroll saw, then a tree is perfect! If your cuts get crazy it just adds to the look!  Then for the base I simply glued (gorilla glue) some 2x4's together, becuase its cheaper then a post and I had it in the garage.  :)

Time to break out that magnetic primer I've been promising myself I'd use again!  I did a liberal (you want it thick!) application of the primer and let that dry.  Sand it smooth.

Time to paint!  You want to paint your tree, a dowel, and a pack of small screw hole buttons black.  You also want to paint the small wood tiles orange.  And of course distress to bring out the detail!

Then to assemble, drill a hole in your post and push your dowel into it.  Hot glue your buttons all over the tree to hang your pictures from, and then hot-glue the tree to the dowel.

Finish it off by using vinyl (or paint) to add your text and numbers.  I cut white vinyl using my beloved silhouette.  Oh, and add magnets to the number tiles of course!

Then just hang your pictures and enjoy!  I used little picture pendant from the jewlery section of the craft store for my mini frames.

Everything is cuter in miniature!  I put nine frames on so I had room to grow and just filled the empty frames with scrapbook paper.

I love it!

But I've already said that.  :)

Thanks for the inspiration everyone!  This week has been amazing.  You ladies always blow me away.  I can't wait to see all the great Halloween wood crafts the rest of you are going to share!  See ya soon!

Krystal As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:


Crafty Mischief said...

This is awesome! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

that is so cool!! I wanna see a christmas one next!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [10 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jamie said...

How gorgeous!!! You did a great job... and you used a saw all by yourself? My husband would die. lol

Janet said...

Love your tree! I like that you personalized it with family photos too. I really need to get myself a scroll saw. :)

Emmy said...

So so cute! Though I would need to buy a lot of tools to make this :)

Suzanne said...

Cutest Advent calendar ever! Love it!

Katalina Jewelry said...

First time I've ever seen a Halloween advent calendar - great idea! said...

I love your awesome scroll saw skills. This looks great!
I am pinning this to my wood pinboard. Saw you on whipperberry.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Well done! And you can adapt it to other holidays, too. I'm putting this on my projects list.

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

This is such a cute project! I love the tree!

I am hosting a really fun giveaway on my blog! Would love
for you to come and check it out!

You can get some free vinyl!

Jerri said...

This is so cute! I'd love for you to stop by and link up at my Friday Favorites party!

Tracy Suzanne said...

This was so smart of you and so cute! I'm excited to have found your blog on Friday Favorites. I'm now your newest follower. I hope you stop by and visit when you get a chance. Now I have to look at more of your crafty ideas.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Kristen @ Urban Farmhouse said...

Awesome Idea! I actually saw one of these trees at The Dollar Store (not made of wood) but the same design...if you didn't want to get out the power tools, you could get away with the cardboard tree for the same effect? :-)

Ty and Whitty said...

What a fun idea. it turned out beautiful. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

Malinda Jane Sieg said...

So cute! I love looking at pictures of my kids in their costumes from years before. What a fun way to showcase them!

Kaye said...

Just saw this on Eighteen25! What a fabulous project!!!!

Army Wife Quilter said...

I love this project. I am thinking about getting a scrollsaw. I really think I need one now. thanks for the project idea.


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