How To: Make A Tree For Your Dolls! #sixpiecespongitbrushes #dollcrafts #diy

I was recently selected to try Loew and Cornell Spongit Sticks for a review, and because plain ol' reviews are totes boring, I decided to do a tutorial instead!
Teenie loves to going to the toy store and looking at all of the toys, (and so do I) but when it comes to buying them, being the tightwad I am I tell her "I can make something better than that!)  Like for instance when she wanted a house for her favorite fashion dolls, and I couldn't find one.  We took an old doll house and fixed it up for a fraction of the price that something new would cost. Since then Teenie and I have both been hooked on making furniture and accessories for our dolls.  One of our current projects (still in the works) needed a tree, so I decided to make one from stuff I had laying around the house.  Here's how we did it!

You will need the following:
An empty paper towel roll
An empty roll smaller in diameter than a paper towel roll. We used one from plastic wrap.
Brown paint
Tacky glue
Clear school glue
Gift tissue paper
A scrap piece of brown or tan scrapbook paper
A scrap piece of cardboard
Several small dry twigs, we used ones found on the ground so no plants were harmed ;)
Fake leaves (check the dollar store, you can use the leaves from flowers and save the flowers for another project)
A hot glue gun and hot glue
Assorted sizes paint brushes or Loew and Cornell Spongit Sticks
 a clean plastic container (one from yogurt or applesauce works well)

1.  Coat the smaller roll in tacky glue.  While it gets sticky, unwrap cardboard paper towel roll at the seams. Crumple and smooth out several times until the cardboard softens.

2.  Starting at the bottom of the smaller roll, wrap cardboard around the smaller roll.

3. Break twigs to various sized pieces and hot glue one at a time over the opening of the smaller cardboard tube.
4.  Mix one part tacky glue and one part water in  a small clean container.  Tear tissue paper into small pieces and set aside.
5.  Cut small square (or what ever shape you would like) out of cardboard. This will be your base and help the tree stand on it's own.  Then using cardboard as a guide, cut another square, the same size out of scrapbook paper.  Glue them together.

6.  Glue base of cardboard roll to the base that you just made.  Let dry for a few minutes.
7.  Brush covered cardboard tube with glue/water mixture. Then start covering the tube in the tissue paper. You can also roll pieces and glue them to the base to make "roots."  Brush tops with glue/water mix.  Let dry.
Spongit Sticks in action!

8.  Paint entire structure with brown paint, avoiding the base.  Paint roots if you decided to make them.  Let dry.  You can also mix brown paint with the glue/water mix and paint on to make structure more solid.

9.  Using fake leaves glue them to the tops of the twigs.  I was impatient so I used hot glue. Using a brush or Spongit, apply glue to the length of the twigs.  Set aside to dry.
10.  Using a brush or applicator, brush clear glue along base and let the glue get tacky.

11.  Sprinkle dirt over the base.  Let dry and about an hour late you will have a sturdy doll sized tree!

Loew and Cornell Spongit Sticks are great for applying glue and paint. I was sent the "medium circle" size which was perfect for painting in the nooks and crannies without applying too much paint.  I was surprised that I was actually able to clean them and reuse them as well, because I didn't think they would hold up!  The worked wonderfully for what we used them for, however I wouldn't recommend them for really intricate painting, because they weren't fine-tipped enough to do detail work.  All in all, Spongit Sticks work very well for general crafting needs.

-Have Fun Crafting!

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