Apr 16 2013

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch (Without Using Spray Paint)

Published by at 8:51 pm under Make

I’ve been trying to think of a way for Layla to join me in making something, because she’s asked numerous times if she could work on whatever I was working on and I’d say nah, it’s too hard or too messy or I’ll teach you next time when you’re all grown up. The other thing I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is paint a tree branch. And great news: I’ve figured out a way for Layla to do it as well!

All the DIY posts I’ve read on painting tree branches have involved spray paint, which I wouldn’t want Layla messing around with. If you’re thinking of having your kid paint a branch on a lazy or rainy indoor afternoon, here’s what you’ll need:

* A branch
* A roll of masking tape
* Paint (I used Sakura Poster Colour paint)

Here’s my original branch:

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

What you’ll need to do is tear little strips of masking tape and wrap them around your branch until it’s completely covered. Kids will love helping out with this.

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

Now you’re ready to start painting! Masking tape is easy to paint over and one coat of paint should be enough to give your branch a vibrant colour. Let the paint dry and paint over the blank spots, if any. For the hard-to-reach areas, use your fingers to smudge on the paint.

But wait, couldn’t you just paint directly onto the branch without covering it with tape? Well you could, but here’s the difference in colour:

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

Once the paint on your branch is dry, it’s ready for display. If, like me, you’ve used poster colour, be careful that your branch doesn’t get wet or the paint will come off.

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

I’m quite pleased with how it looks! Layla did one too, in black, but unfortunately Z got to it before we could stop him. I’m happy to display the branch as is, but you could spend another crafty afternoon working on decorations!

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

DIY: Paint A Tree Branch Without Using Spray Paint

* This is part of the Make My Day series on my blog, where I’m challenging myself to craft without referring to a tutorial. Click here to see what else I’ve been making.

  • 7 responses so far

    7 Responses to “DIY: Paint A Tree Branch (Without Using Spray Paint)”

    1. Shir Oon 17 Apr 2013 at 5:52 am

      i actually think it’s simplicity at its best! nice red against that off white vase… feels very nihonjin :D

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    2. Juneon 17 Apr 2013 at 9:44 am

      Love this, E! Looking forward to more crafty (no tutorial) posts! You can do it! =D

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    3. Cindyon 17 Apr 2013 at 11:40 am

      LOVE!

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    4. Jayneon 17 Apr 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Love it! And how true about the Z part.. my challenge will be to do this without A. How to??

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    5. Beverlyon 18 Apr 2013 at 11:41 am

      So easy and doesn’t cost much at all! Love it! Do you think it would invite bugs in? Or is there a way to prevent it from happening?

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    6. Jasmineon 19 Apr 2013 at 9:47 am

      That tape tip is so clever. Thanks for sharing!

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    7. Evelynon 19 Apr 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

      Jayne: You can try letting A have a go with a much smaller branch, and maybe try washable paint like tempera?

      Beverly: We’ve brought home a few branches and I usually leave them outside for a bit before bringing them into the house. So far they don’t seem to be attracting much of anything, apart from dust!

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