Monday, August 23, 2010

Vinyl Hallway Tree

Well, 5 out of the 7 little ones started school today and I am beside myself trying to figure out which project to conquer first. I decided to start in the hallway. I have this spot in my hallway that I have re-decorated every few months for the past 4 years. I’ve had shelves, coat hooks, pictures, etc… Nothing seems to be just right.

Well a couple of months ago while perusing the craft blogs I found it. The vinyl tree!!! These are everywhere, but I refuse to pay upwards of $50 for one of them (sorry, I’m cheap)

First things first, you have to know where to get vinyl cheap. But you want to make sure it is good stuff. I order mine through 2 different places. First is Expressions Vinyl  I order tons of various colors by the SHEET (12”x24”) for only $1.89 a sheet. LOVE IT! Even with the shipping it is still cheaper than buying the name brand sheets at the stores and it is the same stuff. Second I use to buy rolls of vinyl CnCSigns it costs roughly $8.99 a roll (12” x 300”) It is SO worth it! Both places are great, I’ve never had a problem with either of them. And their shipping is quick!

Second I knew that I wanted a large tree, and after a really bad “flop” at trying to freehand one I decided I needed to find a better way. 

So I figuredwould print one out. I found one on Google images that I liked and decided to blow it up and print it out as a stencil. I love this program, PosteRazor  You just download your jpeg and then it resizes it into letter sized sheets. And it's FREE!  Gotta love that!  I just set my sizes at 4.5 feet tall and it did the rest. Then I printed out my stencil.
After a lot of cutting, and maneuvering and piecing it all together I set out and went to work.

Yes, this is why you don't have the 4 year old taking pictures...


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Tanya said...

I love it too! And congrats on back to school and all the joys that brings!

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Kaysi said...

That is awesome!

Jill said...

That tree looks FANTASTIC!! I love the idea. Thanks for linking this project up to A Round Tuit.

And Now I'm off to check out this wonder programme online for supersizing jpegs!

Have a great week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

AUDRA said...

Oh my goodness!! Ok, I have to say, when I first read your discription "easy vinyl tree" I was like "YEAH RIGHT!!!" I'm SO excited to learn I was wrong!!!

AWESOME tips... Didn't know about those place. I will be doing some fun projects using these sites!! Thanks.
SO, yeah, I'm your newest follower! :)