a pretty little chicky-tree

I thought long and hard about what I could call this little piece. No. Seriously, I did.
Heh heh.
A few months ago, I found the picture below on Flickr (while searching for 1960′s home decor inspiration)
Better Homes and Gardens
My first thought when seeing the picture was: “I need this room to be mine.”
My second thought was: “How can I make this mine?!”
Not selfish at all. I know.
One of the biggest things (aside from the awesome colours) in the room that I was drawn to was the tree on the credenza. I thought it was so perfect and pretty and would make an easy project too. So! Here it is. How to make a chicky-tree.
Step 1:
Find a stick.
This is actually more difficult than I expected. Sticks come in all shapes and sizes (duh) and it needs to be the right proportion so that it looks like a miniature tree. Here’s the stick I found. I don’t actually know what kind of tree it’s from, since it was off a dead tree that was at the back of my parents property.

Step 2:
Spray-paint stick.
I just used regular ol’ spray paint. I did it in ivory, instead of stark white. I thought it would make it look a little less chalky.

Step 3:
Mount the stick in the container you have chosen. I found this sweet glass vase from the thrift store for 90 cents. Score.
Step 4: Plaster.
I used Paster of Paris (which is cheap and you’ll find it at any hardware store). Mix 2 parts powder to 1 part water. Pour it in fast, because it sets pretty quick. I set everything in a corner with the stick propped against a wall so that it wouldn’t slide from the grid that I made and dry crooked. It takes about 30 minutes to dry, but I left it overnight before I did anything else with it, just in case.

Lastly, I covered the plaster at the top of the container with some moss, and put some pretty little birds onto the branches.
Et voila! It looks lovely on the credenza in my bedroom, and the cost was under $20.

One Response to “a pretty little chicky-tree”

  • Adam Schellenberg Says:

    These pictures tell a great story. Way to make what you could likely not buy or find anywhere. Fantastic job.

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