the blessing tree…a how-to
August 23, 2010
It was a flock of blessings for a dear and amazing friend who will be a bride very soon. A group of women gathered to bless her way, her life, her great love. I made a blessing tree inspired by her most lovely invitations. Lucy was in total love with something to hang her wishes and art on, to look at them over and over. It makes me want to make one for us.
I was in love with the art from the invitation (by Noah from Another Limited Rebellion design) , so much so it has been hanging on our art wall in breakfast nook/art studio. Big deal people, only the really special stuff makes it to the wall. There is just something about the birds, what they bring and take away, and making a home in a tree sounds dreamy to this girl.
I bought a simple clay pot at the thrift store and painted it brown. A nature walk at a local park was the perfect place to find the “tree”. I hoped to find just one perfect branch but I ended up combining 3 together to make it work. I tied the branches together with a plastic tie used for electrical wire and covered it with rafia. The tiny heart was “The Giving Tree” inspired. (even though I kinda do not like that book. such a moocher, that boy!)
A styrafoam block held the tree in place and I covered the top with a round piece of brown paper. The birds were cut out over a dreamy night by myself after all had gone to bed, just me, the dog, some scissors and Netflix. It was pure loveliness. You can find the bird template here, I have no printer since the move so I traced it right from the light of my screen.
Each woman wrote a blessing or a wish and hung the bird in the tree. It was ridiculously sweet.
This is a great project for inviting some intentional goodness into your space. Kids will love writing their own wishes, love notes, blessings too. Seasons are a great reminder to turn over something new on the tree, all kinds of earthy goodness and creations can make it unique. So now I am off to make a tiny version for our family…may birds of blessings find a tree near you today too!