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on: September 01, 2011 08:37:54 PM 
Started by melissa!, Message by melissa!
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This is my beautiful new tree in my fantastic new apartment.  I made it entirely in one day (about 11 hours, most of them spent painting) less than a week before I was to move into my new apartment, because I needed some lightweight large beautiful artwork to bring nature into the city. Its made entirely out of toilet paper rolls with a few paper towel rolls thrown in for good measure.  I am absolutely in love with it.

 Its slightly over 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  I cant even tell you how many rolls this took because Ive been collecting since January and I cut as I go.  I started counting the leaves and lost count at over 200 so Im guessing its 400+ inch pieces all hot glued together to make my ode to nature. Cheesy

To construct the tree I flattened the toilet rolls and cut them into inch pieces.  Then I pinched them open to a leaf shape, and arranged them into the top of the tree.
For the trunk I didnt open them up, instead I tried to flatten them to make a bark like texture. 
(In regards to inspiration, I learned how to make snowflakes like these years ago at school or something since then Ive seen ppl online make some organic cell like shapes with them, but Ive never seen a tree, even though I searched some out after I made mine, also I think my technique is a bit different, but I still wanted to acknowledge that).

I placed the hearts in the tree because my mom has always placed hearts in the trees she draws, its just a family thing to represent the intertwining of love and nature.

A scale reference: this is over my XL Twin bed, it takes up a big chunk of the blank white walls.  I just hung it up with clear tacks because there are some strict hanging policies here.

I hand painted all the leaves with 6 shades of green paint left over from my moms wedding crafts.  So the only non-recycled element is the 2 glue gun sticks that it took to assemble.

The trunk is left in its natural state.

The hearts are also rings, just pinched a bit different.

So heres the mini tree I first designed, but then I thought, if Im going to do this, Im going all out! I took all my possible designs apart and used them all to make this larger tree (pre paint and glue).

I hope youve enjoyed looking at my new love. Now I just need to get everyone saving their rolls so I can make all the requests Ive received. Cheesy lol

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