By Hostess with the Mostess
With adorable animal illustrations and a bright rainbow trunk, this DIY centerpiece is sure to delight print-sized party guests and is surprisingly easy to create! Use it to dress up the kids table or as accent decor anywhere throughout the party.
- Fisher-Price® Stack & Explore Blocks
- Card Stock in 2 Shades of Green
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Cut leaves for the top of the tree in a variety of sizes. (Mine ranged from 5" to 8.5".) You can simply freehand cut the leaves, or trace them out first and then cut.
2. Fold the leaves in half, creating a crease almost all the way up. To add texture, make small diagonal cuts into the folded leaves, starting from the outer edge and working your way down.
3. Prepare the trunk by hot gluing the blocks together. This will keep your centerpiece more stable.
4. Tape or hot glue your first layer of leaves onto the top of the trunk, then continue layering leaves above and below the first layer until you're happy with the look! Use your fingers to bend some of the leaves upward and downward for a more realistic look to the finished tree. Make sure to use hot glue to secure the very top layer of leaves so that no tape is visible on your finished centerpiece.
Tip: You can display your finished tree as-is, or use a cube vase to add extra height. In the example shown here, I used a square white vase filled with floral foam as the riser. The bottom of the tree trunk was inserted slightly into the floral foam, then the area around it was filled with organic cane sugar to cover the remaining foam that was showing and to create the look of sand. The outside of the vase is embellished with natural twine and Printable Talk Bubbles