How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a tight spot. As a blogger, I get a lot of neat opportunities, and one of my most recent ones was I got to try out the Shutterfly Design-a-Wall wood wall art. On the flip side of awesome opportunities are deadlines. For the Shutterfly Wall Art, I had decided that I wanted to create a Family Tree Playroom Gallery. For clarification, Shutterfly only provides the wall art. I needed to create the family tree. I have several cutting machines, but I had never created large vinyl wall decor before, so I ordered {this} (aff link) large tree from Amazon. I knew that the shipping time on the tree would cut my time close, but the delivery date was two days before my deadline so I knew that I could get it finished on time.

Imagine my surprise when, on the delivery date, I received on email stating the tree WASN’T COMING! Apparently, it had been damaged so badly in shipping that the post office wouldn’t even deliver it to my house. They just sent it back to Amazon, who refunded my money.

I took a few minutes to panic, put my big girl panties on, and made my own. While watching 4 kids. Yep, it was a super-mom, super-blogger moment for sure.

Interested in how I did it? I’m sharing how my little Silhouette machine saved my tail today! Note that this post is no way sponsored by Silhouette. In spite of how often I post about their products (and Cricut, for that matter), I’m not sponsored by either one. Just a crafter sharing a neat tool that got me out of a tight spot!

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

Supplies:

  • Vinyl– I order mine in bulk whenever Pick Your Plum has it on sale. I’ve heard of others ordering from Expressions Vinyl, etc.
  • Silhouette machine
  • 12×24 Silhouette cutting mat
  • 2 Branch Options download from the Silhouette store

Open the 2 Branch Options download in the software.

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

Ungroup the image, and delete the branch that has the leaves attached. Delete the attached leaves from the other branch OR copy and paste them to a separate document.

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

Expand the branch to fill the entire 12×24 space, or alter the size to the tree that you need. Cut the branch out with the Silhouette.

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

Continue cutting as many branches as needed. If making left and right branches, be sure to mirror the image for the branches on the opposite side.

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

Now cut out as many leaves as you need, using the detached leaves from the branch.

How to Create a Vinyl Family Tree with the Silhouette    |    ItHappensinaBlink.com

 Family Tree Playroom Gallery Wall #ShutterflyDecor #sponsored

I applied the branches in between the wall art with the leaves around it. Transfer tape will make your life 100x simpler, but I didn’t have enough to use for this project and it still turned out well. To make the trunk in the middle, I actually broke out the ol’ trusty scissors and cut the vinyl from between the branches to piece together the tree.

 Family Tree Playroom Gallery Wall #ShutterflyDecor #sponsored

So there ya’ have it– how I created my vinyl family tree with my trusty Silhouette. It’s complete proof that sometimes it pays to be a craft hoader.

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