Tree Mural

Why is it projects always take 14 times longer than you plan?

I knew I wanted to have a tree mural in Caroline’s room so I began searching for inspiration pictures in December.

I looked on Janey Mac vinyl but didn’t find exactly what I wanted so I combined the designs below:

Classic Tree Swirl w/Birds, Crazy Swirl Branch w/Owls, Swirl Tree w/Birds, Owls, Flowers

I took pictures all along the way: blank wall, the tracer, the tree, etc but they got lost in the world of technology so all I have are pictures of the finished product.

I printed out the vinyl pictures, enlarged them, and traced them onto the wall using a tracer.


I started with the tree first. I used the basic shape of the inspiration tree but then added several more branches.

The birds and the owls came next.

The initial green I used was too light so I darkened it up about 50%.

Everything on the wall needed about 3 coats. Ugh.

Probably would have gone faster if I had painted in increments longer than 15 minutes.

After many painting sessions I was done at the in the middle of February.

I told my husband I will seriously consider shelling out the money for vinyl next time.

Only 6 weeks to paint a tree. In terms of project completion, that’s got to be some sort of record around here.

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21 Responses to Tree Mural

  1. Jess says:

    Another awesome crafty job, Jen! I have long-admired those tree murals. It’s such a neat thing to have in a room.

  2. Christina says:

    Too cute!

  3. Krista says:

    Great job Jen, look amazing!!

  4. Amanda says:

    This looks great – it’s a lot larger than I thought based on the first picture. I hope Caroline likes it!

  5. Rhonda Hunter says:

    Love it!!!

  6. Danni says:

    Probably the dumbest question you’ve heard all day, but what is a tracer and where did you get it?

    Beautiful job, by the way! Bravo!

  7. Amie @ Pinkapotamus says:

    This is sooo freaking adorable.. and only six weeks.. it’s huge! I made a fairy mural for my daughter that took about 3 days.. but it wasn’t nearly as big..maybe 4 feet! Yours is amazing.. love the owls! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! Can’t wait to see what you share next week.. and I am your newest follower!

  8. You did an incredible job! This is just awesome!!!

  9. Haley says:

    This is absolutely adorable. I LOVE it! It may be one of the best true murals I’ve seen- i love the white with the green, and the bird & owls are precious. SO cute!

  10. I totally want a tracer now!! This looks amazing. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

    I’d love if you stopped by & entered my new CRI-Kits Gel Pens Giveaway – the odds are great: http://sewcando.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-giveaway-cri-kits-gel-pens.html

  11. Brie says:

    SO CUTE! I love the way it turned out and would say it is definitely worth the extra time. I found your blog through the sugar and dots link party and I’m your newest follower!

    Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

  12. Tara says:

    Love it. I think paint always looks better than vinyl. If you have evergy left from all that painting, I’d love for you to link it up at my party. http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/08/will-craft-forfun-linky-party-2.html

  13. Mindy says:

    The tree turned out super cute and I love the critters! My mom and I each did a white tree in my son’s room, as well. I stole the idea from a Pottery Barn catalog photo. :o)

  14. I am completely in love with owls and your wall is gorgeous! Will you come paint that on my wall?

    I would for you to come share at Blog Stalking Thursday!
    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-stalking-thursday-3.html

  15. Karima says:

    Wow, I know it was hard work but the result is amazing, I really want to do something similar in my girls room now! Saw you on linky party and now google following you, please pop by, Karima x http://www.karimascrafts.com

  16. Kasia says:

    Wow! Looks really great. It was defiitely worth the work!

  17. Hi, friend! You’ve got so much creativity and I’m admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

  18. The mural is soooo cute! I love the owl the best. Thank you for sharing this at my link party. I hope you will join in again.

  19. This is so pretty. I would love to use it in my daughters room.