Friday, September 7, 2012

DIY: Bay Leaf Trees

This is a wonderful home decoration and we think it'd be stunning for the holiday and just as regular home decor!  I'm sure they actually smell pretty amazing also....

Thanks to Sand and Sisal's blog for putting this together and sharing it with the world!

Bay Leaf Trees
To make Bay Leaf Trees all you need is:
  • one large container of dried bay leaves
  • Aleen’s Tacky Line Roll
  • paper mache cones or poster board formed into cones.

supplies for Bay Leaf Tree
Purchase whole, dried bay leaves at a big box wholesaler like Sam’s Club or Costco. It will only cost approximately $3! You can use paper mache cones or make your own cone out of poster board and tape. My smallest tree is poster board. Take your tacky line roll and apply a strip of the glue around your cone.
Apply tape line to cone
Remove the plastic backing and gently press nice, whole, bay leaves against the glue strip, slightly overlapping each other. Apply another strip of tacky line roll glue around the cone and add your next layer of leaves. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the cone. Just make sure the cone is fully covered.
Tape line close up
That’s all there is to it, unbelievably simple! Now you can display your Bay Leaf Trees. Pour Epsom salts onto a platter for an instant snowy winter scape!
Bay Leaf Tree with Epsom salt snow  (800x533)
I trimmed a few wax myrtle branches from the yard and placed them in a pitcher. A few small, silver ornaments adorn the branches for a whimsical touch.
Bay leaf Trees on Table
My paper mache angel, was gold and worn looking, so she received a mini makeover with a quick spray of silver.
Angel and ornament
The Bay Leaf Trees are so versatile and will fit in with any style of holiday décor whether you’re modern, rustic, shabby chic, eclectic or something in between! Another wonderful benefit of these easy to make and inexpensive trees is their smell! They make me want to cook!
Bay Leaf Trees

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