mod podged hand trees from at second street

by @according2kelly on July 22, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.


today, our featured blogger is the fabulous kalleen of at second street. she is seriously one amazing gal, so i can’t wait to share her post. kalleen writes…


I am so excited to be part of this Holiday craft along. My family has been making homemade Christmas gifts since I was a kid. It’s my favorite holiday tradition. I can’t tell you how many Christmas mornings were spent in tears as we opened each others gifts. These Mod Podged hand trees are the perfect gift for a parent or grandparent and can be made by adults and kids.

This is a quick and easy gift that is not only sentimental but looks beautiful. I still smile when I walk past mine.
What I used:
-Wood Picture Boards (I got mine at Tai Pan Trading Co., they were damaged and 75% off.) You could also use a canvas.
– burlap
-scrap fabric
-scissors
– Mod Podge- I used matte, but I think anything you have is fine.
-Permanent marker – to sign name at the end
These are the boards I used. I needed more surface area so I used the back side as my front.

Some of the Fabrics I used: I liked using a heavier fabric, but anything would work. Make sure you have lots of variety. You want the fabrics to work together while still having as many different colors as possible. You don’t want all the fabrics to blend together. I used eight different fabrics.

Step 1: I removed the hanger and stickers from the back of my board. I saved the hanger and placed it on the other side when it was time to hang my pictures. Step 2: I covered the entire board with Mod Podge and layed a piece of burlap, bigger than the board, over the top. Then I used my sharp sewing scissors to cut away the excess burlap till it was straight and flush with the board. If you are using a canvas I would try wrapping the canvas and stapling it to the back instead. Step 3: Cutting the leaves and hands out. I did all the cutting. I didn’t trust my kids with my sharp sewing scissors. I was afraid someone would lose a finger. If your kids are older you might want to let them do this part.

I cut three different sizes of leaves for each pattern.

Tracing and cutting the hands before starting with the Mod Podge, make things easier when everything is covered with goo.

Step 4: Glue everything down.
I helped glue the first four leaves down so my kids had an idea of which direction the leaves should go. Then they took over. They painted the Mod Podge onto the backs of the leaves then placed them were they wanted. I reminded them to cover all the empty spots and to use all the different colors.

Step 5: Once all your leaves are on. They plastered the back of the trunk with Mod Podge and placed it on the picture with the hand in the center of the leaves. You might need to trim some of the trunk so that it is flush with the bottom of the board. Now they can finish it off by painting over the entire tree with the Mod Podge. It dries clear so don’t worry if it looks a little messy.

The leaves dry stiff and look cute if they start to come off the board.

We finished ours off by each signing their name to a leaf with a permanent marker and adding it in the bottom corner.

My kids are learning the value and joy that comes with making something for others. I hope they are more excited about giving gifts than receiving.


for more great ideas visit kalleen’s blog at second street. be sure to check out her other tutorials, including her on the go activity book, her fab t-shirt hat, or her beautiful etched window.

My name is Kalleen, and I’m a mother of four who loves making my house a home. I’ve always loved to create and design. Doing it for my family in my home keeps me sane. I’m not trying to be super mom. I’m just doing what I love.





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10 comments
jilldoll
jilldoll

I just made these. Question kids got a little sloppy and got spots of the hodge podge glue on the burlap and it looks darker. I'm not sure if its dry all the way though. Now I'm wondering if I need to just put it all over the background and not just the tree so the coloring is more even instead of spots of dark where they dripped glue and it wasn't covered by leaves. Thoughts??

Beck
Beck

Love this! For a while now I have been drawing my grandchildrens hands as they grew with the hope of coming up with a project to preserve their precious little hands. Thank you so much for the idea!! These are perfect and I cant wait to do some of these. Genius!

Andrea
Andrea

I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am a crafty mom myself and enjoy finding new things to make with my girls. This one will definetely be next on our list! Thank you :)

Daria
Daria

LOVE IT! My son is with me (6) and we have both agreed we will be making these for xmas. So cool

Amanda
Amanda

Awesome tutorial! I am going to link up to you tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration!

Chris S
Chris S

Wow, those are spectacular! We might have to make some of these for our house and the grandparents' houses as well. Thanks!

Momma Drama
Momma Drama

love it. will have to try it with my kids! great idea

Jessica
Jessica

SUCH a wonderful and crafty idea. Thanks for sharing this. I think it's a keeper!

Margo
Margo

This idea is adorable. What a great way to preserve a hand print and have a keepsake as well. Having the kids affix the leaves makes it even better. Perfect gift for grandma and grandpa - and - let's be honest - for me!

Alice
Alice

What grandparent wouldn't want this for their decor? I think this would be be a lovely gift for the coming holidays. Perhaps I could surprise Mom and Dad with my grandchildrens "Hand-y" work. (supervised of course) Thanks so much for sharing this. Glad I stumbled onto your blog.

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