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Need to create a lifesize "tree" out of recyclable materials Answered

Can anyone suggest a way to create a life sized tree or an abstact looking tree (preferably out of recycled materials)?

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Take a lot of plastic bottles, and hot glue them together with five on each level. Then, for the tree leaves use plastic bags.

Hope this helps with your project! :)

I plan to make a 1 demensional 6ft tree from 1 slim PVC and old news papers. I will green wash the papers with water and paint then cut giant circles out and layer them on top of each other in a tree shape. I wil then attach it to the PVC and anchor it by duct tape the PVC to a used juice container filled with water and then duct tape that to another old jug filled with water. I will decorate the base to cover the jugs with fabric, plastic Tavel cloths, gift wrap or even more old newspaper glittered up and/or decorated in some way. I hope this helps. I'm in the middle of the project do I don't have picks yet.

Great collection of pictures you found.

I suppose it depends on the purpose of the tree. Is it for a stage show? Is it an Art piece? Please give us a clue. For our school theatre the trees are simple shapes cut from hardboard (or similar) then painted to look like trees. let us know more although Kelsmyth found a lot of images to choose from. Good Luck.

I use old dry dog food bags. Many DF bags have several layers of brown craft like paper inside. I take off the outside, printed wrapping. Then I pull one layer of the inner brown paper to the top, and the other to the bottom. I then tear the top & bottom into strips that I then twist & roll into branches and roots. Then I use unbleached coffee filters that I have traced the kid's hand prints on. Cut out the hand prints. I use Easter egg dye-orange, green & red and dip the fingers into different colors to make fall leaves. We then add a hole in the trunk with owls or squirrels peeking out. Embellish with bats, skeletons, birds or that fiber spider webbing you can find in stores around Halloween time. I use the yellow/orange printed part of the bag to cut out jack o lanterns. Makes a really fun project for the kids. I use a hole punch to punch holes into the leaves & branches to add the leaves. I have also used tea tags to attach ghosts or bats. Hope this is inspiring to you. Have fun!

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Plant an acorn and let the tree "make" itself.(even if that doesn't satisfy the question, it's still a good thing to do)

Wait for trash day, and visualize what things people are discarding would be as parts of a tree.

Thread string through plastic bottles (drill a hole in the bottom), and tie or tape strings of bottles together to make trunks & branches.