Cherry Tree in 3-D

May 1, 2009

I am in the process of redoing my five year old daughter’s room, adding a little French garden inspired style to the space.  All of a sudden I was struck with the grand idea to paint a tree on her wall to carry along with the jardin theme.  What’s very strange is I don’t fancy myself a mural artist by any means, I typically shy away from wall murals as a bit “themey” and I rarely decorate with fake flowers.  Which makes it all the more bizarre that I would take upon myself the task of painting a cherry tree mural on my daughter’s wall and then glueing fake blooms to the branches.  Go figure.  But it turned out pretty cute!

My inspiration came from these images:

For the task, I gathered up some supplies including:

1. Three colors of brown acrylic paint from dark (burnt umber) to medium (brown velvet) to light (tan). (The third color is not shown in the picture below.)
2. Two colors of green paint, from forest green to light green.
3. Medium sized paintbrush, and No. 10 or similar sized artist’s paintbrush, and a kitchen sponge
4.  8 faux cherry blossom branches (optional)
5. Hot glue gun
6. Courage
Use a pencil to lightly sketch your branches and trunk, then take a step back and make sure it is the size you want. Then fill in your sketch with the dark brown paint using your medium sized paintbrush.


Follow up with your artist’s paintbrush to create finer lines around your edges. (It’s also a good idea to have your wall color paint ready in case you absolutely hate it. . . or just want to clean up the edges a bit more.)   Paint over center of trunk and branches with medium color brown paint to add some depth. Note: all of you folks with ‘orange peel’ wall texture will appreciate the bark effect that results from the texture underneath.  I didn’t paint it that way – it just happened.

While the trunk dries, paint simple leaves with your medium sized paint brush and light green paint in a simple leaf shape.


Then add a lot of dark green paint to your leftover light green paint, mix it, then swipe the leaves on one side or another to give some shading.

 You can even go back a third time with just the dark green paint to add more depth.

Return to your tree trunk with your lightest shade of brown/tan paint. Swipe the center of the tree trunk and the branches with your paintbrush using the paler color, then use a kitchen sponge to smooth it out. This gives the subtle look of light cast upon the tree trunk, and provides even more depth and shadow. If you’re sentimental like I am, carve a message into your tree trunk!

 (if you dare to decorate with faux blooms): Pluck the bloom off the plastic branch, and trim the plastic bottom of the bloom so that your blossom will glue flat to the wall. Apply with hot glue to the end of your painted branches.


And in the end, this is the result!


So tell me readers, give it to me straight.

Is it a botanical beauty, or are you totally allergic?

67 Responses to “Cherry Tree in 3-D”

  1. C says:

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE it!!!

  2. Collins says:

    I love it…you did a great job! I would have been totally stressed. I really love the way the shelves tie in…so cute!

  3. Momof2Hapas says:

    Wow, that is really neat! I’m doing my daughter’s room in an Asian theme (girlie Asian, not black/gold/red/dragons/etc.) and something like this would be a sweet touch. I’m sure I could easily find all of the supplies…..except perhaps, for the courage!

  4. Courtney says:

    I. Love. It. Gorgeous!!!

  5. Cher says:

    that is soo clever, I can’t even believe it! I would never have thought of such a thing. I think it is totally cute! thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Catherine Hansen Peart says:

    I think this is gorgeous! I would like one for my room…

  7. Jenny says:

    I think it is super cute for a little girl’s room and the flowers really give it dimension. I also like how the shelves are around it. Great job!

  8. Jen says:

    I think your daughter and mine are twins separated at birth – lol – the meerkats! She was CRYING yesterday after the zoo field trip b/c the chaperone didn’t take her to see the baby leopards (and now I have a trip to the zoo to make). I am so NOT showing her this post! Have I told you about the dinosaurs I stenciled around the top of her room 2 years ago?? It looks terrific, you must come by your artistic talent naturally :-)

  9. Susan says:

    You must have some artistic talent because that looks fantastic. My daughter would be thrilled beyond belief to have a wall like that in her room!

  10. Shelby says:

    i absolutely loooove it!! you did a great job! i would of never thought of the faux flowers!

  11. Lindsay @ Peacock Blue says:

    This is great! I love it!

  12. Katie says:

    This is darling!! Seriously, seriously cute. I’ll have to be thinking about ways to make paint 3-d in my home now.

  13. Living With Lindsay says:

    This is so very adorable!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I’m not a fan of murals, but I LOVE this idea!

  15. Pearlmarie says:

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    especially the 3-D. I am saving a bookmark and will copy it someday.

  16. marie says:

    Totally a botanical beauty!
    My daughter Katie mentioned your tree on her blog ~ I’m so glad I stopped by to see it!

  17. Janis says:

    Just stunning!!!! You did a fantastic job……….I may have to try it out in my own little Bella’s room.

  18. Stephanie says:

    That is stunning. I hope your daughter loves it becuase it is wonderful! You may claim to bot be an artist, but that tree says otherwise.

  19. slip4 says:

    You are an artist! I love it. Girly girly!

  20. 3XMom says:

    LOVE IT! Soooo fabulous!

  21. Liz says:

    Really gorgeous – your daughter is one lucky little girl!!

  22. Erin says:

    Absolutely fantastic.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Um, not an artist? I beg to differ. It looks AMAZING, and the faux flowers really make it. Love the initials in the tree too. So sweet! Also, the shelves and the lovely items on them are the crowning touch.



  24. Anonymous says:

    love it!

  25. Emily from says:

    It’s beautiful. I like the 3-D flowers. You have found an appropriate use for fake blooms!

  26. Amber From Get Carried Away says:

    Beautiful! She is a lucky little girl to have you as her mom ;)

  27. Sonja (website under construction) says:

    Totally CUTE!!! You are truly talented, and I love all your projects! I’m a recent subscriber to your blog, and loving it!!!! Very inspirational ideas!!! CHEERS!

  28. Spenser says:

    I think it looks great!!

  29. G+D says:

    Absolutely adorable–I love it!

  30. The Masked Mommy says:

    I couldn’t love this more! If I owned our current home, I would do this! I loved what you did more than any of your inspiration pictures! Well done! I love your blog and I never miss a post. You don’t disappoint!

  31. The Vance's says:

    LOVE IT! Thank you for the step-by-step directions. Even the paint colors and size of brushes. It made feel like I could do this. I am not a painter/artist at all. I would love to do this in my girls room, but we just painted her walls pink. What can you do with pink walls???

  32. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life says:

    Oh where were you when I was painting my daughters nursery (she’s 9 now)…That would have been beautiful…I did however paint a giant sun with face…but as “cute” as it was…THIS is breathtaking!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    It’s incredibly sweet and pretty. Alas, my daughters are now teens, and not into this kind of decor anymore. : (

  34. [email protected] says:

    Not an artist?!?! Oh I beg to differ. In fact, I’ll fight you over that. =) This is gorgeous! I’ll be linking.

  35. nameisgrace says:

    i can’t get over you and your talent. where oh where do you find the time for all these projects! i need to hire you!

  36. Carla says:

    Love it! That is absolutely adorable. I wish I was that creative.

  37. Gillian says:

    I LOVE IT! I agree with the person above—the shelves look perfect in it. At first I was wondering why you kept them and now I am in love. I also like that you did it in a corner. Almost makes me want to pop out a kid….but I’m pretty sure the husband rather wait.

  38. CurlyQuinn says:

    I am new to your blog and I am SO glad that I found you! I just wanted to let you know that your mural was gorgeous!! I paid for a artist to come and paint a tree (sort-of) like yours and paid her $500!! I’m so mad!! I could have done it myself! You should really think about doing that as a side business. I bet your little bella is thrilled! Can’t wait to check out all of your other projects!

  39. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Absolutely, positively beautiful!! Do you mind if I mention this on my blog?

  40. TexasLauren77 says:

    I LOVE IT!! That would have been SO FUN to have in my room when I was little!! I’m totally jealous now! :)

  41. Kristy says:

    That is so gorgeous! I love it and my daughter would go crazy over something like that. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to paint in our rental. It makes me REALLY jealous. Fabulous job! I love your blog and all the photos. It’s definitely eye candy ;)

  42. Morgan says:

    Great blog! Definitely inspiring, I want to do more DIY!

  43. auntie says:

    that is absolutely beautiful!! your daughter is so lucky to have such a beautiful wall.

  44. Darlene - Our Creative Life says:

    That looks great! So much easier than painting flowers!!
    Reminds me of a tree our client painted in her baby’s nursery. We made a custom rug for her and she just sent us a photo. You can see it here:

    God Bless!
    Creative Carpet Design

  45. heather_delynn says:

    This is beautiful! And how inspiring…as soon as we get into a larger house, it was my dream to dedicate a wall to our “family tree”. I thought about a solid color (like a celadon or cornflower blue) and painting a white silhouette of a tree. Instead of labeling names, I wanted to strategically hang photos of our extended family in either matching black frames or random hodge-podge of frames :) Now I’m even more excited!

  46. Catherine says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! this is amazing. you are TOO good.

  47. Simply Susan says:

    Totally fantastic tree!

  48. aurora says:

    I absolutely LOVE it!! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired by your idea, and if I duplicate, I will send you my link. ☺

  49. southerninspiration says:!! Love it!


  50. Making it Lovely says:

    I love the initials in the heart! :)

  51. Miss Mouthy says:

    This is THE most amazing project I’ve ever seen. You make it look so easy. So easy, in fact, I might even try it myself. Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!

  52. Anonymous says:

    I love this tree. I am not even sure how I stumbled upon this… glad I did! It inspires me to do this in my girls’ rooms. They would love it. Great job!


  53. The Boones says:

    awesome!!! quick question though…does the hot glue do anything to the wall?

  54. Mapiurka says:

    Lovely tree! I invite you to visit my blogs:
    YOuy can see my vinyl wall decals collection.
    Thanks, Maricel

  55. Ms. Creative says:

    I absolutley love it! Def a must try!

  56. sathiya says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely inspiration .. though my girl is 7 .. she loved the idea .. n its going to be done in her room as her christmas present.

  57. Melody says:

    You’re amazing! I showed this entry to the Youth and Young Adult committee at my church (I’m a youth pastor) and we’re using your ideas to redecorate our Atrium classrooms. Our only difference is we’re using olive trees and grape orchards. Thank you so much!! I love your posts!

  58. Have been waiting 6months to copy your idea for my daughters room, she wants pixie hollow, so after the tree is finished I’ve been comanded to paint fairies in it…..wish me luck!

  59. taren says:

    Holy crap! I want to do that in my room and I’m 25! I’M OBSESSED!

  60. Jenifer says:

    Hey this is fantastic! I totally wanna do this to my room :) stumbled on your website by accident, but I love it haha

    Where’s the birdcage from on the shelf of the cherry blossom wall, it’s so cute!


  61. Kelly says:

    that is amazing! Wow! Looks great.
    I, too, am curious about the later effects of hot glue on a wall…but, in the meantime, the tree is beautiful :)

  62. Karen says:

    Looks lovely! You did a great job!

  63. Nina says:

    Awwwwww! I luv it !

  64. Alesha says:

    :( all the photos are broken! I loved the thumbnail I clicked on to get here and would love to see all the photos. You are awesome. I’ve spent half an hour perusing your stuff. Thanks for being cool!

  65. Casey says:

    Hi, I love this project as well. I have been planning on doing a mural like this in my daughter’s room for about a year and haven’t started because I’m not an artist and have no idea what to do. Are you still planning on fixing the photos? I’d love to see exactly how you did this. Thanks!

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Working on it Casey, it takes a lot of time and there are several dozen to repair!

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