Friday, 6 December 2013

DIY CHALK DECAL CHRISTMAS TREE


This year I decided to do something a little bit different with my Christmas tree, I decided to turn it into a chalk board tree. My daughter is now walking around and pulling everything down to the ground that she can get her hands on. For this reason I thought it would be best to have a tree she wouldn't pull the ornaments off of and break. 

After scouring the web for different Christmas tree decals, I just couldn't find one that I liked. I wanted one I could personalised instead of just peel-and-stick a tree. I thought of a chalk decal and decided it would be great to add my own 'ornaments' to it. But again, I couldn't find any nice shapes or anything that I thought was worth what they wanted for them. Then I remembered seeing chalk vinyl decal rolls at a few shops I had been into lately (Officeworks, Kmart). So I went and bought three rolls from Officeworks ($6.10 a roll)

I had cut the pieces of vinyl to cover how big I wanted the tree to be.

I then found a silhouette of a tree shape I liked online and printed it out, took it to Officeworks and got them to photocopy it onto a transparency. 


I really didn't want to take the risk drawing the tree free-hand because I know my poor drawing skills (I'm sure most people could do this without projecting it - or at least a simpler tree). Therefore I pulled our projector (yes we randomly have one) out of the garage and projected the tree onto the wall.


And traced the outline...


Once this was complete I knew I had a lot of careful and time-consuming cutting ahead of me. I put on some Christmas carols and went to work...
It took me just over an hour to cut the whole tree out, but I knew it would be worth it.


I measured out where the top of the tree should be and marked it with some tape. I then peeled the back off the vinyl and slowly stuck it on. 
This process was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be, the decal is re-positionable and stays nice and sticky so I can reapply it. 
If you get any air bubbles they smooth right out if you rub from the centre outwards to the edges.

Next sections goes on...

Almost done...

YAY!
Time to decorate!

A tip for decorating... if you are using normal chalk pieces, make sure you sharpen the ends first, makes the adding detail to your decorations a lot easier!


I also wanted the tree to pop at night so I added some lights by attaching clear hooks to certain spots on the tree/wall and draped them from one to the other.
I didn't want too many lights as I didn't want them to detract from the design itself too much.



Done and looking Christmassy :) Now it just needs some presents under it.









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