Ok, so I’m apparently on a tree-base-making-binge… just roll with me- K?!
After finishing the urn base for our living room tree, and LOVING it! I decided to crank it up a notch and create one for the Duke tree we surprised hubby’s Uncle with. This one was so much fun to make!
I purchased an outdoor planter from atHome for $59- EEK! (Lesson learned- plan ahead and get them while they’re on sale in the Fall).
After wiping it down, I covered it in 2 good coats of white primer, followed by 3 coats of white satin spray paint (I always apply way more layers than I probably need to, but I like a rich finish).
My original plan was to mask off the interior boxes, that I wanted to leave white, while I spray painted the remaining surface royal blue. However, I found that I was just too impatient for all of that. So, I ended up painting the whole thing metallic blue and improvised from there. Rustoleum’s Metallic paint collection leaves a gorgeous finish in person!!
I, instead, masked off the blue area later with wax paper and painter’s tape and sprayed the interior boxes white.
Once everything dried overnight, I applied the decals that I found at a local sports memorabilia store.
I finished it off by outlining the edges of the planter with a silver metallic Sharpie and filled them in with matching acrylic paint.
What sports team would you deck your tree out in?!
So we have a very special someone that is a diehard Duke fan. He does so much for all of his family and friends everyday, we thought we would, in turn, do something special for him.
We snuck- (I just like it so much better than sneeked!) **tomAYto/tomaato** into his office this week and set up a tree- all decked out in blue, white and silver. Go Blue Devils!
I created the base by painting an outdoor planter and adding Duke logos to each side- see my quick tutorial on that here.
I made the D-U-K-E letters from basic premade Chipboard and covered them in blue glittered cardstock- both from Hobby Lobby.
I chose four different ribbon styles- all wire edged for easy manipulation.
White Prelit Tree: HobbyLobby
Tree Base: DIY (see tutorial here)
All Ribbon, ChipBoard DIY “DUKE” Letters + Solid Ornaments: HobbyLobby
DUKE Trademarked Ornaments: St. Nick Nacks at Callahan’s of Calabash- Calabash, SC
Branches: My backyard 🙂 Spraypainted to match