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DIY Tree Art Sculpture

The other day my husband messaged me from work,

and said,

“Are you still after a dead tree?”

“Always!” I said.

I drove right over to pick up the tree.

It was big.

And beautiful.


“This is going to be an awesome tree sculpture” I exclaimed.

“Art even!”

He smiled, a funny smile,

the like, “you’re crazy smile”…

and we packed that baby in the car.



The next afternoon.

I picked up some rapid set concrete and a plastic pot from my hardware store and began to make it come back to life.

And you can too, here’s how, I made it.

How to make a Tree Art Sculpture

You will need:

Dead tree or 3-4 branches

Rapid Set Concrete mix 20kg bag

20-25cm plastic pot



Cooking oil spray


Old plastic container + gaff tape


Step 1: Trim your tree to approx 3-4 branches, choose a couple of tall ones and a few short ones that will, in effect look like a tree once put together.

Step 2: Cut some plastic from an old bottle and fill up any drainage holes in the bottom, then tape with gaffa tape.

Step 3: Spray the inside of your mould with cooking oil spray, this will help release the concrete from the mould once set.



Step 4: Mix up your concrete to a runny consistency, like cake batter. Then pour into your mould.

Step 5: Place in the branches, kind of like a mini forest, ensuring they are straight. Tie up with string against a fence if needed, this is rapid set concrete, so it should be pretty much set in 15 mins.

Step 6: Let cure for 3 days. Once it is cured, gently remove the pot and you have your own tree art sculpture.

You know what,

my husband even took this out of the mould before I could get home.

I think he was excited as me to see what it would turn out like.




Move over concrete side tables there’s a new kid in town…

There are grand plans for this new piece of art.


I think it looks beautiful,

especially with the lights on it at night.

Very Yamba Scandi.


Stay tuned,

Because…. it will be Christmas before you know it!



I think it looks darling right next to these hooks.


But the best thing is…

The day my husband, was at work,

and he thought about me…

I think he likes my crazy ideas after all!


And to think it was a dead tree,

and now its Tree Art Sculpture in our home.




Got a partner who encourages your creativity?

Ever made a tree art sculpture with a dead tree and concrete?

Did you know it’s only 114 sleeps till Christmas?



Happy Fathers Day weekend to all my Australian readers, especially the dads, (mine included) and lots of hugs virtual hugs if you are missing someone special this weekend. xo


Live with Love,



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19 responses to “DIY Tree Art Sculpture”

  1. Chris says:

    Just love this ?. Looks fantastic – love sculpture and sculpture recycled from nature. Did do tree art once but didn’t make my own pot – will have to try it your way! Thank you for once again inspiring us to create! Have a great week end C xoxoxo?

    • Sarah says:

      A pleasure lovely, I’m very excited to see what happens to this in a few months, great to have inspired you. Happy weekend x

  2. Yep, I love it. I’m the same type of crazy. I’ve wanted a dead tree for ages, they just look sooo good. My, 114? It’s only a blink until the end of the year.
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  3. Pete says:

    Just love the tree STORY and the link to your good man!!!!
    Yes!!! Love comes in many forms!!!
    Love conquers all!!!
    Love removes all fear!!!
    Love dad xxx

  4. Love, love, LOVE this! I have a real thing for dead trees. We had a big gum tree in our backyard and it died and it was just the most beautiful thing (I know that sounds weird but I loved it). I adored taking photographs of it in the blue hour when it would become this beautiful silhouette against the blue/purple sky. Sadly though it was starting to become unstable and at risk of falling on the house so we had to have it removed (the arborist thinks it may have been hit by lightning, which was why it dies). Still makes me sad to think about seeing it chopped down. I wonder if I could convince my husband to let me make one of these.

  5. Bec Senyard says:

    This is FREAKING AWESOME. Every week you blow me away with your creativity!! x
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  6. Another piece of TOMFO genius! I love it! I would have to add some fairy lights to it (even if it’s not Christmas) because everything is better with fairy lights 🙂

  7. Oh! I love this! And no! I didn’t realize Christmas was so close!
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  8. Yay for 114 sleeps!! I love the shadows this sculpture creates on the wall.
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    • Sarah says:

      It’s totally beautiful I think and yay for 114 sleeps, it’s my favourite time of the year. I’m planning on being so organised for Christmas this year.

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE – need this in my life right now {and kinda wish I was a little more handy/crafty and not so pregnant and tired}. Thanks for linking up…The Ultimate Rabbit Hole Guest Host – Shari from GoodFoodWeek xox

  10. […] TOMFO shared how she created this freaking amazing tree art. I’m in awe of it and how easy it is to make one […]

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