Friday, February 15, 2013

Creating a Family Tree

The ladies from our Bible Life group recently took a day to decorate our classroom. We had fun painting the room a beautiful blue gray color and decided it would be fun to add a family tree along the long wall of the classroom. It turned out so cute and was super easy to do!

You only need a small sample of paint or leftovers from another project, along with a few brushes, and an overhead projector with transperancies. We borrowed an ancient overhead from my husband's office. You can also find them at garage sales or on Craigslist.

I went online and found a tree outline that I liked. There are tons of options, just image search tree to find the best one for you. Print the image out on 8.5x11 paper.

Next, place the overhead sheet (purchased at Office Max for under $1) over the tree image and trace your outline onto the overhead sheet.

Then, we have your image to project onto the wall. Moving the overhead away from the wall will increase the size of your image. We played around until we had it just where we wanted it.

With the overhead on, I used my brush to outline the tree. Carrie, Kati and I then started filling in the tree. It was quick and easy since we had an outline to follow.

Ta-Da! A full on tree inside out classroom made for under $5!

The final touch- we added 8x10 photos of the families in our class to the tree. Carrie bought the frames at the dollar store and spray painted them all silver to match our decor. We have blank frames ready to go as new families join our class.

I think this would be a great project inside a house, too! It would be most wonderful at Christmas time with past holiday pictures added to the wall! Remember, it is just paint, so you can always cover it up after the season.