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Happy Wednesday all! Do you remember your favorite childhood art project? Straw blown trees were a grade school activity I loved. I recently used this not-too-technical approach to create a nature inspired print for my kitchen. It’s easy, fun and perfect to do with minikinds. Here’s how:

nature inspired print diy

MATERIALS //  plastic straw (trimmed to 4″), watercolor paint and brush, paper (8″ x 10″ sheet of watercolor)

Step 1: Mix Paint

STEPS //  01 MIX PAINT  Squeeze a small amount of paint onto an old plate. Mix with equal parts water to thin.

Step 2: Make Trees

02 PAINT TREES //  Start by creating a tree trunk. Using a paint soaked brush, paint a 2″ line. Then using straw, gently blow to desired length. Add branches one by one, dabbing paint along the trunk and blowing in desired direction. Steer branches by tilting straw or paper slightly.

Step 2: Make Trees

Continue painting trees until you have a pleasing arrangement.

Feature Image

Then, let print dry for a few hours before framing. I found this one at IKEA for $9.99 – so worth every penny!

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