I have wanted to make a palm tree for years, and was inspired by Deana Jump's tree directions to "Just Do It".
Here is my version of the famous Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree!
I used a 12 inch Quick Tube from Lowes, which they gave me for being a teacher. It was regular $4.99
I also used magnetic primer by Rustoleum, because I wanted the kids to be able to use it as a Working With Words station.
I spray painted the tube with brown flat spray paint. Lowes told me to use flat which will last longer and clean with a Clorox Wipe if needed. Who knew??!!
For the top, I took Deana Jump's suggestion and used an old umbrella frame. I went to Joann's today and bought green felt for the leaves. It is on sale for $2.99 a yard and teachers get 15% off. Love it!
I cut out the leaves and then hot glued them onto the metal frame. I bent the frame on each spoke downward because I didn't want any kiddo's to get hurt or poked in the eye.
Then I just sat the umbrella on top. I am going to glue the umbrella to the top of the tree when I get to school.
I am so excited that the magnetic letters stick. I love magnetic paint!
I also made this bench today.
I was going to hand paint the letters, but decided to use my Silhouette machine, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge.
It turned out pretty darn cute too.