Smooth Half-Ball Trees

Skill Level: Beginner

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Supplies

  • FloraCraft® Foam:
  • Balls: 1” (6), 1.5” (3), 2” (3), 2.5” (3), 3” (3), and 4” (2)
  • Cones: 9”x3” and 6”x3”
  • FloraCraft® Smooth Finish™
  • Acrylic Paint: Mint Green, White and Silver
  • Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
  • Textured Metallic Yarn: Silver
  • Toothpicks

Tools

Instructions

  1. For the tallest tree; cut a 4”, 3”, 2.5”, 2”, and a 1.5” ball in half.  Glue the half balls together stacked one on top of the other, from the largest to the smallest with ½ toothpicks inserted in between each layer.  Glue two 1” balls on top of the tree.  Stack the balls straight up or asymmetrically as shown.  The medium tree uses a 4”, 3”, 2.5”, 2” and a 1.5” ball.  Set aside one half of the 4” ball for a future project.  Stack and glue the half balls together the same as you did for the large tree and glue two 1” balls to the top.  The smallest tree uses a 3”, 2.5”, 2” and a 1.5” ball.  Stack and glue the half balls together and glue two 1” balls to the top.
  2. Completely coat the trees with Smooth Finish™.  Smooth Finish™ can be applied to foam a couple of different ways; with a spatula or with a flat paint brush.  Be sure to mix the material before using.  When using a spatula, apply a small amount of the Smooth Finish™ to the foam and spread it out evenly in all directions, working it into the cells of the foam.  If using a paint brush, load material onto the brush and spread it onto the foam smoothing out the lumps as you go.
  3. To create the textured finish on the largest tree, use the brush first to apply the coating to the crevices of the tree, and then use the spatula to create small overlapping ripples in the coating.  Apply a small mound of Smooth Finish™ to the tree and then another small mound overlapping that.  Keep working with the coating until the tree is coated and fairly uniform.  Let dry completely.  Use the sanding block to slightly sand the raised areas of the tree to give the smooth appearance shown.
  4. To create the super sleek finish on the smaller trees, use the brush to smooth out the coating as you apply it.  You can apply it first with the spatula and then smooth out with the brush or just use the brush to apply to the entire tree.  Let dry.  Use the sanding block to create the all over smooth appearance.
  5. Use a dry brushing technique to apply mint paint to the textured tree.  Apply a light amount of paint to the flat brush and then wipe excess paint on a paper towel.  Using the side of the brush, lightly brush across the raised areas of the tree leaving the lower textured areas bare.  Paint the medium tree mint green and the small tree white. Let dry completely.
  6. Apply an even coat of gloss glaze to all three of the trees and let dry.
  7. To create the tree trunks, cut the top 4-inches off the 9 –inch cone using the serrated knife.  Use the bottom 5-inches of the cone for the base of the largest tree.  Cut about ¾-inch off the top of the remaining 4-inch of cone, this is the base for the smallest tree.  Cut the top 2.5-inches off the 6-inch cone.  Use the bottom of the cone for the medium sized tree base.  Coat the three tree bases with Smooth Finish™, let dry then sand the bases smooth.  Paint the bases silver and let dry.
  8. Insert toothpicks halfway into the tops of the bases and glue the trees in place.
  9. Embellish the trees with the metallic yarn.  Pin the end of the yarn to the top of the tree and spiral it down around to the bottom.  Secure the yarn with a pin at the bottom of the tree.

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