Friday, February 16, 2018

Jute Leaf Tree DIY

The following tutorial is a re-posting from a few years ago. Besides being a great craft to create, it's also a fun way to spend your confined winter and snow days !

You've seen those Inspirational Project Brochures hanging around Hobby Lobby haven't you?  They are loaded with wonderful ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. I believe there's one on every craft subject you can imagine.  There is even one titled, "Playing with Purple" that caught my attention!  You know how I love purple!

 But I was really intrigued with, "Just Jute," in which anyone can create sophisticated home accents using jute and bleach twine.

"Tree Glee Leaf the artwork to jute! This whimsical yet contemporary display shows the artsy side of Hobby Lobby earthy jute twines. They painted a trio of canvases to coordinate with the wall before penciling in their branched-out designs. Then, they carefully filled in the design with twine, securing with hot glue as they worked."

This description was so inspiring!

 I saw the most unique looking jute leaves/tree and thought this would be a great craft project to try.

It wouldn't take much to make and I had everything I needed on hand.  Some jute twine,  canvas board and hot glue. The original project featured a tree and small canvas boards painted the same color as the wall.  My walls are white for now, so I made my jute leaf tree on plain white canvas. No color - maybe later.

I am not artistic and am not very good at drawing.  I used a pencil and lightly drew a tree onto the canvas.  After several attempts drawing a tree, I was finally satisfied with the look.  Using jute twine and hot glue, I followed the lines very carefully.

I thought it would be easier for me to make the leaves separately instead of drawing them on the tree and filling in with jute.  I made several leaf patterns, nearly thirty,  to fill with twine and place on the tree.

Making the leaves was quite easy.  First, make a little oval shape with the twine and put a dollop of hot glue in the center of the leaf pattern. Follow the shape around, pinching the twine at the points until your leaf is formed.

After making all the leaves, I started placing them on the "twine branches."
                    I loved how the tree turned out with the jute leaves.

I'm trying out different areas where I might hang the Jute Tree.
                                  In the hallway or .  .   .

                 Breakfast area?

Where there's lots of morning light.

Either way, displaying this whimsical creation is sure to start a cheerful conversation!  Thanks Hobby Lobby for the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!

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  1. What a great project and you did it so well.I love the outcome of your tree.It was so nice dropping by for a visit with you,a lover of lavender :) Denise

  2. I love it hanging in the breakfast area! Looks great!! This is a cute project, I love seeing how people decorate with jute//twine. I thought wrapping a bowl or vase with it was my favorite but not anymore! Love this!!

  3. What a fabulous piece of art!!! Just love it - and love that you don't have to be an artist ( of which I'm definitely not lol ) to create it!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Pinning this for sure........

  4. Gmail, that is amazing, I love this so much, what a fab idea.

  5. This one gets pinned for sure! It turned out terrific.

  6. It came out really nicely, great job. I'm pinning for future reference. I'd like to try this :)

  7. Doesn't matter where you hang it....I'll be seeing this awesome project featured everywhere!!! I love this!

  8. Thanks for sharing this awesome craft! I love it. Have a great week!

  9. Gail, you did a great job! Thanks for sharing this lovely creation at my link party! I think I like it best in the breakfast area from the pictures you showed. Looks good in the light!

  10. Wow, what an awesome project!!! I love it. You are always such an inspiration!! You know I have to try this one. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! I just pinned, too!
    Have a wonderful week!!

  11. Hi Gail! I just love this Jute Tree! The texture is so unique! Thanks so much for sharing this project-I'll be pinning it! -Megan

  12. This is really lovely Gail! I think it would look awesome anywhere!!

  13. I love this Gail, so pretty! Great job. Hope you have a great week.

  14. Your project came out really pretty and love the leaves. Your tree has a lovely asian feel to it that I love. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial Gail!

  15. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I pinned also. Thanks for sharing. linda

  16. Super cute! And I haven't ever noticed those brochures at Hobby Lobby; I'll have to look for them next time I'm there!

  17. This is really lovely. Very creative. Thanks for sharing this at The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  18. This is awesome. what a simple but big statement for a space. stopping frm shaken together and newly following ! :)

  19. I LOVE jute projects - congrats on your feature at Life on Lakeshore Drive.

  20. Featuring you today :)

  21. LOVE! It's so creative & looks like something I would find in a store. Great job!

    Thank you for linking up at Crafty Thursday Obsessions <3

  22. Well that's adorable! I hope you'll drop by to see My Daughter's Master Bath Redo - #83 at Met Monday.


  23. Quite pretty Gail! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

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  25. WOW this is such a cool idea Gail. You rock always!!Cheers
    Dr Sonia

  26. Very cute and creative. Yes, you are creative and so crafty. Love this idea. I can see many possibilities. Happy Sunday Gail.

  27. Bellísimas y muy sencillas ,me encantan ,gracias por compartir !!!


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