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Amber’s Nursery Wall

Start with some free wall space.

First, it’s a good idea to begin with a general guideline made with painter’s tape and a pencil.


FillBefore I even attempted to create branches, I started to lightly fill in the tree trunk. Nothing at this point should be considered permanent; just estimations of where things should end up.

CrazyNext it’s time to space out the branches. It’s safe to remove the tape guides and just start making one-dimentional branches. Now is not the time for perfection, this is still just space planning. As you can see from my pictures, nothing is polished.

DeeperGradually start to thicken the one-dimensional branches, darken the areas that you think will stay and extend little twigs and branches from the bigger boughs.

PaintingI was pretty happy with how my tree looked once it was filled in, but it just seemed a little bit on the stocky side. My next move was to thin down the bulkier areas. I snatched up the yellow and gray paints that were used on the wall and broke up the large white spaces. I even thinned out the trunk by painting gray and yellow on both sides of it.

TrunkNow is a good time to start the leaves. You don’t have to have the tree perfect yet because a) your leaves may cover some branch imperfections, or b) you are probably sick of painting with one color at this point and using more will remind you that you are not a dog and can see more than just two colors.

You can do the leaves a couple different ways. You could stencil, but I don’t recommend it because, well honestly, they are freakin’ leaves. Basically you’re making an oval with pointy ends. I thought initially stenciling would be a good idea, but once I made just one leaf in about 1.5 minutes I realized how time consuming it was. Also, it didn’t look any better than my freehand leaves. So you can just start skipping around the wall and randomly painting leaves anywhere you’d like. Again, they don’t have to be filled-in, they just have to be there. In my instance, I was making a fall tree with leaves blowing away. Because there would be so few leaves, the leaves that were there had to be significant, so mine were large and various colors.

Leaf 1Next it’s bird time! I made some stencils on the bottom of this page that you can print out and use to make birds. Just take your favorite scrapbook paper, stencil and cutout your bird silhouettes. To adhere them to the wall I used border paste. I usually choose border paste over wallpaper paste because border paste comes in smaller quantities and is premixed. Wallpaper paste involves mixing large batches in pails of water.

Find open spaces on your tree, use a paint brush to smooth paste on the back of the birds and stick them to the wall. Once they are placed where you’d like, it’s time to tie up loose ends.

Add more leaves where you’d like and fill in all of the existing leaves. Make sure the tree and limbs have no wall showing through. Make sure to fill in all edges of the branches and leaves so they are obvious and solid.


Tree Side

It may take 15 hours and two 2-liters of Diet Mountain Dew, but it’s cheaper than a $150 decal and much more heartfelt!


2 responses »

  1. Turned out really cute! Thanks for the pic’s! We are going to paint a tree in our nursery too and this helped!


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