DIY Upcycling Creative & Elegant Photo Tree Tutorial

I’ve always wanted to use wall decals in my home because it looks so simple, instant wall decor! Unfortunately our walls in New Mexico are textured and it’s basically impossible to stick wall decals on them and have them stay in place.  

By upcycling materials around my home from previous projects and some good dollar store finds, I was able to design my own elegant photo tree and I love how it turned out!

I don’t think of myself as very creative or particularly talented because my oldest brother is the true artist in the family.  I felt particularly ambitious one day and had seen a wall decal I thought would be perfect for the large empty wall in my living room.

 It was this wall decal that inspired me:

DIY Upcycling Creative & Elegant Photo Tree Tutorial

What You’ll Need
  • Lead Pencil (I used a mechanical pencil, if you do this, you’ll need 0.7 or thicker lead and be prepared to go through a few sticks)
  • Pencil sharpener if not using a mechanical pencil
  • Eraser, preferably an artist’s brand
  • Small sponge paintbrush
  • Set of small paintbrushes for detailing
  • Sample of green and brown (choose your own shade and shine) paint

The fun part is being able to make it your own and tailor it to your needs.  I didn’t really have a plan on how many pictures I wanted to put up or what sizes until the end but you can always plan that out.

Directions
  1. Search for inspiration if you don’t already have a specific idea in mind that you would like to draw.  I would check out Pinterest and wall decor ideas online and at your favorite stores to give some ideas.
  2. Using a pencil lightly draw a rough sketch of your idea on your desired wall.  Grid drawing is a simple way to achieve your design piece by piece.
  3. Using a clean, thin paintbrush, outline the entire design for smooth lines.  This is especially important for those who have textured walls.  Doing this gives you that crisp lines that really make your design look great on the wall!
  4. Allow to dry overnight and add a second coat of paint if needed.
  5. Determine where and what size photos you will need and make them using a pencil in the spaces where you would like them to go.  I suggest having the larger frames in the middle and branching out to smaller frames.
  6. I purchased matching single photo frames from the dollar store to save.  A collage photo frame could work too!

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Here is the final design! 

Elegant Photo Tree

My wall design was so large I couldn’t get it all in the shot!
I loved how it turned out! What do you think?

I enjoyed putting my own creative spin to this project!
Have you tried this before? How did it turn out?

I’d love to connect with you!  Please leave me a comment!

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42 thoughts on “DIY Upcycling Creative & Elegant Photo Tree Tutorial

  • March 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM
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    That is absolutely gorgeous! I would LOVE to make one of these on the wall in my living room.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:32 AM
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      Definitely give it a try! I’ve seen some of your DIY on your blog and I would love to see you try this! It would look amazing! 🙂

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  • March 13, 2017 at 9:51 AM
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    Ok – wait. You are SO super creative. Dont judge your creativity against your brother – this tree is amazing! And you make it so easy to do with your DIY instructions!
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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:32 AM
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      Aww thank you! Yeah my brother is definitely the artist but I didn’t do too bad huh? haha! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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  • March 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM
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    What a beautiful wall design that include your family. It’s a great way to teach kids about their family history and see pictures of relatives that maybe they don’t see very often

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:31 AM
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      It is a great way to teach our kids family history! I just love when my kids look at it, I have a 4 and 2 year old and they are always asking me who’s in the pictures! Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 13, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    Oh, so cute and creative! I love this! I think my grandma, who has a scrapbooking store and is the most creative woman in the world, will just love this!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:31 AM
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      That’s awesome! That’s really cool that your grandma owns a scrapbooking store! i love to scrapbook and I can seriously spend HOURS in those stores! Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 13, 2017 at 11:26 AM
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    that came out awesome! We have been looking for something to do on our one large and bare wall, this would be perfect!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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      That’s great! You definitely have to send me a picture when you get it done! I would love to see how it turned out! Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 13, 2017 at 1:42 PM
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    The result is beautiful! I used to live in Santa Fe and known what you mean about the textured walls. Great idea!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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      I love Santa Fe! We live in Rio Rancho so just in between Santa Fe and Albuquerque! I love the textured walls but for decals, it’s a nightmare! Thanks for visiting!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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      Yeah I didn’t want to deal with the decal gluish mess after. At least with this I can just paint over it 😛 haha

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:28 AM
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      Wow, never really thought of that! I wish I used stencils with this project but I just kind of let it all flow and get some creativity in! 🙂

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  • March 14, 2017 at 1:08 AM
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    This looks so lovely – absolutely adore how it’s turned out!! You’ve done such a great job! I’m currently working on my genealogy diploma and can’t figure out how to display my ancestors family tree properly, this might just be something I take inspiration from x

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:28 AM
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      That’s great! I’m so glad this was able to give you an idea for what you need in your home! That sounds very interesting! You definitely need to show me how it turns out! Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 2:18 AM
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    Aw! I had a very similar decal at my old apartment. This brings back memories.

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  • March 14, 2017 at 2:52 AM
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    Wow! Your photo tree is stunning! It would look great on our wall too! The curls from the branches look so elegant and playful at the same time! What a great DIY project! Thanks for sharing!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:26 AM
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      Thank you! I really had a great time doing this! Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 8:36 AM
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    What a gorgeous idea, both the way it looks and what it represents! I think I might use this in my guest bedroom for my family when they come and visit!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 8:42 AM
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      What a great idea to put this in a guest room! I never thought of that! I love it! <3 Thanks for visiting!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 9:21 PM
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    This is such a great idea and you make it look easy 🙂 I am pinning this and may give it a whirl once I have my family photos organized!!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 8:46 AM
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    I love this tutorial! But I was wondering if I can find a gigantic tree wall decal instead. I can draw, but I worry too much if I mess up! LOL!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 9:16 AM
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    This is such a wonderful idea for a large wall in your house! I don’t really have a spot for this, but I may test something out like this eventually down one of my blank hallway walls.

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  • March 15, 2017 at 6:50 PM
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    That is really cool! I have not thought of something like this to hang my family pictures on. I really like the idea.

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  • March 15, 2017 at 9:39 PM
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    Omg how epic is this?!?! I would love to have a photo tree in my house!!! Looks amazing

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  • March 16, 2017 at 6:56 AM
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    Wow his is so cute! I’ve been looking for a fun idea to do in our front living room!

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    • March 18, 2017 at 3:39 PM
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      It’s a fun project to do! So much fun to get creative! Thanks for visiting! <3

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  • March 16, 2017 at 7:26 AM
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    wow, that’s such an amazing idea.

    Looks super cool!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 12:31 PM
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    This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!! In spite of your comments about not being the artsy one, you’re totally creative and quite the artist based on this and you have a one-of-a-kind mural now! It’s beautiful!

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    • March 18, 2017 at 3:37 PM
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      Aww thank you so much! And I do love the fact that it is unique! Thanks so much for visiting! <3

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  • March 18, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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    This is so pretty and such a beautiful family art. I’d love to try and make this with my husband for our living room wall. Such a great way to talk about family with my kids 🙂

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  • March 18, 2017 at 9:38 PM
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    Wow, such a lovely work of art. Love this. My little girl will love this in her room. Absolutely stunning. What an awesome activity for us for her holiday time!

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