How to Make a Life-Like Dimensional Tree on the Wall

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Build a lifelike, 3D wall tree to put up in your house.
Build a lifelike, 3D wall tree to put up in your house. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

There are myriad unique and beautiful ideas ways to use creative projects in home decor, but one of the most intriguing options is to incorporate 3D wall art into your design. Turn your guestroom into an undersea adventure, or transform your child's room into a jungle, by creating lifelike 3-dimensional wall trees. All you need to make your design dreams a reality is some plywood, a jigsaw, and a little bit of imagination.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Transparency and projector (optional)
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • 1x1-inch wood boards
  • Wood glue
  • Nail gun

Draw out a sketch of your dimension tree. Real trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and their branches are not uniform. Keep this in mind, using pictures of trees as a reference, when creating your design.

Consider how you will turn your sketch into a 3D tree. The simplest option is to divide it in two pieces: one piece that will lay flat against the wall, and a second that will sit perpendicular in the center of the flat piece, jutting out into the room. The flat piece should be a head-on view of the tree, and the second piece should have some branches jutting out to lend a lifelike feel.

Purchase several sheets of 1/2-inch plywood and transfer your design to the wood. To transfer the design you can draw it freehand, using your sketch for reference, or first transfer the design to a transparency and use a projector to enlarge the design and trace it onto the plywood.

Cut out the designs from the plywood using a jigsaw and set them aside. Sand the edges of the cut pieces in order to avoid splinters when assembling the model.

Paint the pieces of the tree with acrylic craft paint. Depending on the thickness of the paint you may need to apply several coats. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the assembly: drying could take up to 24 hours.

Cut several pieces of 1x1-inch wood to 3-inch lengths, and paint them to match the color of the tree trunk. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Apply a layer of wood glue to the back of the panel that will be positioned flat against the wall. Stand the panel upright and align the bottom edge with the bottom of the wall. Then press it against the wall, creating a seal with the glue. You may choose to secure it further with nails from a nail gun.

Stand the second panel up, aligning the bottom edge with the floor and the side with the center of the flat panel. Have someone hold the panel upright while you attach the supports.

Place one of the 3-inch 1x1-inch pieces of wood so that one side sits flush with the flat panel on the wall and one side is backed up against the perpendicular panel. The bottom of the piece of wood should rest against the floor. Use a nail gun to put two or three nails through the piece of wood into the flat panel then another two or three to secure it to the perpendicular panel.

Attach more 3-inch pieces of wood in a similar manner at 6-inch intervals. For added stability you may alternate on which side of the perpendicular panel you place the wood.

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