Monday, January 19, 2015

A Family Tree

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar (celebrated this year on Wednesday, February 4, 2015) is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

A family tree combines the tree + family...the perfect combination to celebrate the holiday!
It didn't cost much to make and I'm so happy with the results.

Here's how...
1. Get outdoors and cut some branches...mine were found on a small tree.
2. Gather your family's pictures. I e-mailed these to Staples and asked them to print color copies.
3. If it's freezing where you live (like here in Connecticut) you'll have to use faux leaves from the craft store. (You'll have a lot leftover for another project.)
4. Place a block of florist foam into a pot and stick in the branches so it forms a tree shape. Top with moss.
5. Using a hot glue gun, glue each leaf onto a branch.
6. Hang pictures (mine are mounted on gray cover stock) with thin wire.

You're done!
Mine's sitting on the dining room buffet...
  It will make a great conversation piece even after the holiday is over.
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