DIY Wall Art: Three Simple Trees

The last three days of my life have been an amalgamation of germs, exhaustion, and bloody noses. Go ahead and picture me doing farm chores in below-freezing weather with half a roll of toilet paper shoved up my nostrils. Here’s how I deal with how glamorous my life is sometimes: Make stuff.

It’s been eternity (aka two weeks) since I’ve had the time, energy, or my shit together enough to build something. So I decided to go for a quick win this time around. And trees.

Remember the “get lit” sign from my mantle over the holidays?


Turns out it’s no longer applicable in March.

So, I dug out a big sketch pad that, judging by the last thing I drew in it, has somehow managed to follow me through seven moves in the last twelve years. Hello packrat… but hey, the tendency to hoard unused art supplies does come in handy when you want to make a little impromptu tree art, apparently.


This was literally a 90 minute project. I busted out watercolor pencils and a sharpie, and went at it…


For some reason I have an aversion to things framed behind glass, so I just cut the trees into strips and tacked them in the old wood frame.

Tree 1


Tree 2


Tree 3


This was a slap-it-on-the-paper kind of project. There wasn’t a lot of measuring or pre-planning, which is something I’m getting better at from 1.) working in my sketchbook, and 2.) not having a lot of free time. It’s not perfect, but unlike building a desk or workbench, this is the kind of project I’m not highly-invested in it. It’s kind of nice actually.


Clearly I need to work on my mantel staging skills, but at least the stockings are down and it’s no longer shouting I’M TOO LAZY TO TAKE DOWN MY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at everyone who comes in the house.

Plus it always feels good to have a quick win on a little project before Friday, hopefully with enough sleep and like ten more degrees on the thermometer (stop being a bitch, mother nature) this theme will carry through the weekend.

6 Responses

  1. This cool project reminds me of a quote by a truly great man, who’s teachings we can all only hope to live by. In the immortal words of the good Doctor:

    “Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
    While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
    Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
    Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze.
    That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.”

  2. Nothing wrong with the decorating….

    Well, maybe a Makita drill on the left for balance!

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