handmade gift: weather tree.

05 December 2011

Last spring, an amazing book landed in my hands, via a package from a great friend. It was thick at over 300 pages long and chock full of unique ways to celebrate the seasons. Titled All Year Round (a calendar of celebrations), the book is authored by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling.

I spent a good majority of our last flight from Istanbul to Tbilisi pouring over its pages. Deep within the book, just as summer turns to autumn, there was an idea that I fell in love with. A weather tree. And, it's a wonderful holiday gift idea.

Gather your supplies and give yourself about an hour to complete the project. Here's how to create a handmade holiday gift of a weather tree:

1. Sketch a tree with one branch per month
2. Fill the branches with leaves-- one leaf for each day within the given month
3. Label the branches with their months
4. Add some detail to the tree and trace your sketch with a fine point permanent marker
5. Create a color key at the bottom right of the drawing (see above photo)*
6. Frame the piece, matted on a natural fiber heavy weight paper, with the glass removed**
7. Package with a container of colored pencils in the shades specified in your key
8. Wrap and gift!

* Feature weather for your region. I chose to provide labels for sun, wind, frost, snow, rain and grey. I also chose to feature a 'birthday' label so family members special dates were marked within the year.
** Place the glass on the backside of the frame so that your recipient can frame their art once the tree is complete.

Linked at Today's Creative Blog and Homework.


Trista said...

That is beautiful! I'm going to give this a try (but for my own home instead of as a gift!). Thanks!

Vera said...

What a great gift idea!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea!

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

So creative! I love this idea-would give kids something to do everyday!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gift idea!

Anonymous said...

This is great!

Anonymous said...

I love this!

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