|I started with a big styrofoam ball. Whichever size you choose,|
just be sure you get enough feather boas to cover.
|Using a LOT of hot glue as I wrap and wrap the hot pink|
thin boas around and around the ball.
|Yay! I had just enough! I want to say I used a 9" ball|
and it took 3 feather boas. I thought I bought 2, but
luckily, when I unpacked my bags, I had grabbed 3!
|Look how beautiful it turned out!|
|Of course, the Lorax is keeping watch over my Truffula Tree|
at all times! I made his beard out of pipe cleaners so I could
style them the way I wanted. LOVE how it turned out!
|The picture I uploaded to Pinterest.|
|It's hard to tell how tall it really is based on the last picture.|
I used a 4' bamboo stake that I cut about 6" off of.
|I had it outside my classroom for about 3 days, then|
I worried about its safety with little hands walking by.
I didn't take a picture of how I anchored the tree down. I placed a block of styrofoam into a plastic container. I hot glued it into place. Then, I anchored that into place with a lot of rocks. It does not tilt at all if you properly weigh it down. You could always use a large dowel rod for the trunk, I used the bamboo because I didn't want it to be perfectly straight. I like the imperfections and interest in the bamboo. I found a pack of 12 for about $3 at Walmart. Hobby Lobby had some as well, but of course they were about $10 for 3 and much more mature than I wanted. I hope you can find a use for this in your classroom. I would LOVE to see what you come up with!