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...
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.