Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DIY: Make Your Own Wish Tree

A few months ago, Kyle and I visited the annual Asian Festival in downtown Columbus. There was a lot of art and quite a few cultural exhibits but my absolute favorite was a Japanese “wish tree.” Traditionally, people would write their wishes on paper and hang or tie them to the branches of a tree.
Source: None via Kyle on Pinterest
I didn’t realize until I was browsing online that lots of people make their own wishing trees for weddings and showers.
I decided to make my own tabletop version of the “wish tree” but instead of wishes, I wanted to use lines from my favorite poems. Apparently, I’m not the first person to think of this but we’ll pretend I am.
So I present to you…the poe-tree. I know. My genius knows no bounds.


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You can use anything (rocks, beads, sand, gravel) to weigh the foam core and branches down but I used pennies because Kyle has jars full of them and I like the idea of a wish tree surrounded by lucky pennies.
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I bought the branches at Michael’s and cut them down with an exact-o knife. I used a piece of foam core at the base of the pot (I found mine in the silk flower arrangement section at Joanne’s). The asymmetrical pot was languishing away on a shelf at the Goodwill.
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I used heavy white card stock for the paper and regular white sewing thread to hang it since the color is so unobtrusive.
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So there you have it. My homemade poe-tree.
What about you? What have YOU been creating lately?
love, elizabeth

8 comments:

Alexandria said...

Aw I love it! I think I might have to do something like that in our new place. Maybe an e.e. tree?

Karen in Progress said...

The Poe tree... haha I love it. clever.

Courtney said...

I LOVE this idea. So very cool. I've never seen or heard of a Japanese wish tree, but if I had, I probably would have had one at my wedding. By the way, I love your wedding dress and your little dog :)

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christine donee said...

I love this! I want to do it...

Mrs pancakes said...

I heard of wishin trees when I was planning our wedding! Your DYI is pretty nifty!

Faith said...

that is so awesome! wow, absolutely love it!

Alana said...

What a neat idea!

I haven't made anything lately, but I'm about to go craft-crazy on this apartment. Pinterest is mocking me.

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