For L's 5th birthday she wanted a Lorax themed birthday party. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest, creating a board with lots of great ideas. I knew I wanted to make Truffula trees for some decorations but when I arrived at Hobby Lobby I saw that the foam discs and cheap feather boas were each $5 a pop. To make the 4 trees I had originally planned would cost me over $20 and I was not willing to do that.
As I searched the aisles I quickly found a package of 6 green 3" styrofoam balls for less than $5.
Then I came across a 6 pack of plastic leis for $3.
I picked up a package of Tidy Pins but I should have gotten two.
I gathered some sticks in my parents' yard and then I was ready to go. Here's how I did it in case you want to try.
First I cut the lei so it would be a long rope instead of a necklace. I then wrapped it around the styrofoam ball.
In the open, lei-less part I stuck a stick.
I then covered the 2x4 with some green plastic tablecloth. Of course you could use something fancier - I like simple and cheap. I pierced the tablecloth and put the sticks into the drilled holes.
I like how fluffy they are and unlike the feather boas I would have bought for $5 each (!) they don't look like feathers. If I would have followed my original Pinterest plan this project would have resulted in 4 Truffula trees costing over $40. Instead I have 6 Truffula trees for under $10 - and I even think they're cuter!