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... and let a little summer into your rooms and hearts!
I've been unhappy for a while now with the white stretch of wall above my bed. So I thought: what's one of the nicest things in this world?

Lying under a tree!

Posted by Sarah P. from Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany • Published See Sarah P.'s 5 projects »
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  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Decide on your design. You can choose anything here, work from a photo or a file.
    Just remember to keep it relatively simple- you are going to have to paint it!

    I copy-and-shopped from various drawings I found on Google until I got a tree I liked.

    Try and integrate the wall space that you are going to put this on. My tree is in a corner, so I chose a straight trunk that would go in the middle because I wouldn't be able to get in there and do any detailed painting.

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Get a hardcopy of your design.

    If you have a printer, great!

    If you don't, put a piece of paper over your monitor/laptop and trace.

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add a grid!

    Unless you are extremely talented that way, you're going to want to add a grid to your design to make it easier to duplicate on the wall.

    Then, also grid your wall. This will take a bit of planning and coordinating until you know what size exactly you want your painting and, consequently, the grid to be. I marked my wall with little x's spaced 20cm (about 8 inches) apart which seemed to work quite well.

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Start drawing!

    Self-explanatory, really: look at the individual grid-sections of your template and copy them onto the wall. For the smaller details (the birds and writing), I got an actual size hard-copy template and traced it onto the wall.

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Gather your painting utensils!

    Be careful to cover the floor and any other stuff you want to protect.

    I used ordinary paint I had left from painting the kitchen.

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start painting!

    This is going to take a while. I recommend putting on some good music or an audio book to help with this step. I had the help of the Beatles Anthology on DVD which was very supportive.

    I did this in two sessions, at first I did the bigger parts: the trunk and bigger branches, let dry, and then the details. What you want to do in any case though is work from the top down and left to right (if you're a righty like me and vice-versa) so as not to smear anything which would be a shame!

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 7
    Step 7

    And now marvel at your pretty tree!

  • How to make wallpaper / a wall painting. Grow A Tree On Your Wall! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Winter or not, I don't care. I'm lying under my tree, listening to the bees humming and the birds chirping.

    :)

    Hope you guys frind this inspiring. Looking forward to your versions!

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dommie
dommie · Częstochowa, Silesian Voivodeship, PL · 5 projects
good idea, but my parents would be.. a little angry Happy
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Christy M.
Christy M. · Sarasota, Florida, US · 1 project
Wow this is amazing and beautiful. Great job! Thank you so much for posting this how-to.I can't wait to give it a shot.
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Joy K.
Joy K. · Garland, Texas, US · 80 projects
Looks awesome~! If only I didn't live in an apartment where I wasn't allowed to paint on the walls D:
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Emmanuelle L.
Emmanuelle L. · Cambridge, England, GB
It looks really nice. Not sure I'll do as good as you but the idea of just... painting a wall is so simple and great!
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Aconitum
Aconitum · Wallington, England, GB · 9 projects
really fantastic project and tute - well explained - i am all inspired and am now wondering where to paint a tree. Good job!!
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Sarah P.
Sarah P. · Hamburg, Hamburg, DE · 5 projects
I meant PS (as in photoshop) file, haha.
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Sarah P.
Sarah P. · Hamburg, Hamburg, DE · 5 projects
PDF file added under attachments!

Thanks for the comments, you're really sweet Happy.
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Stacy H.
Stacy H. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 23 projects
Fantastic! I love it.
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Ding-a-Ling
Ding-a-Ling · 6 projects
looks amazing :O great job!
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Sally
Sally
very cute!!! could please give me the photoshop file (if youre okay with that)Happy
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