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Polka Dot Circle Tree

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Like many others, I’m a sucker for tree themed wall art. Especially the fun silhouette type trees that are in style right now. The leaves are left up to interpretation using all sorts of shapes, such as hearts, shamrocks, circles and more. Sometimes ideas just pop in to my head, as was the case with this polka dot circle tree.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I was browsing the web and came across a tree. Can’t remember where it was, but it was just your average tree art with leaf shaped leaves. I’m not sure what made the polka dots pop into my head, but they did. I thought how cute those leaves would look with polka dots! I originally intended to do the leaves in leaf shape, but when it came down to the wire, circles were much easier.

Bubble Tree inspiration for Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

So I went to Pinterest in search of a little inspiration for my tree. I came across this bubble tree design I thought would be a great starting point for my design. Like that tree from Expressions Wall Art? It’s huge and would look perfect on your wall! It’s available on Etsy here. Looks like they have different colors too.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I have so many beautiful paint colors that it was hard to decide which ones to use. I ended up with Americana’s Melon, Lemonade, Royal Fuchsia, Indian Turquoise, Violet Haze, and Moon Yellow. I used Soft Black for the tree and White Wash for the background and dots.

Here’s the full list of materials for this project:

Americana Paints:
White Wash
Soft Black
Melon
Lemonade
Royal Fuchsia
Indian Turquoise
Violet Haze
Moon Yellow

Round sponge applicators, several sizes
Toothpick
Americana acrylic sealer – matte
Canvas – 18×24

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

First I gave the canvas a coat of White Wash. Why paint a white canvas white? Because, canvas is a cloth and dirt can get into the fibers and stain it. If it’s painted, it has a layer sealing those fibers allowing dirt to be wiped off with a damp cloth. Now you know. :)

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I used pencil to sketch out my design first on paper. I needed my tree to be taller and more slender, so my sketch is a little different than the tree I drew inspiration from. That’s the beauty of crafting though isn’t it?

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Once I had it sketched on paper, I drew it onto the canvas with pencil. Afterward, I painted the tree black.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Next I added circles with a round sponge applicator, the largest size first. I did about 3 of each color in various places.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I then repeated the process with the medium sized applicator and finally with the small applicator. I also randomly added small dots with the handle end of my paintbrush.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I kept stepping back to make sure it was how I wanted it.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Next, I added polka dots to the large and medium circles using the handle end of my paintbrush.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Finally, I used a toothpick to add polka dots to the smallest circles.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Once it was completely dry, I added a coat of Americana acrylic sealer spray in matte finish.

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

Hope you like it!

Polka Dot Circle Tree by @amandaformaro at CraftsbyAmanda.com

I am a DecoArt Core Blogger. I was compensated for this post, but have always loved DecoArt products! Therefore, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Me

20 Responses to Polka Dot Circle Tree

  1. 1
    Katrina says:

    Dot or Dotted, doesn’t matter–it’s just cute. Love it!

  2. 2

    That would be so super cute for a little girl’s room!

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    Terri Betz says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for this! Can’t wait to see how ours turns out! You have amazing ideas! :)

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    Sarah Forhan says:

    Very pretty! Great color combination.

  5. 5
    Chris says:

    I love this. I would like to do this in fall colors. I don’t think white polka dots would look right though. What color would you use?

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    Natasha says:

    Like it? I love it!! so pretty, pinned it.
    I would love it if you could share this with my readers by sharing it on my link party Serenity Saturday that runs till Thursday

    Natasha @ Serenity You

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    Shaina says:

    This would be perfect in my girls room. They have giant polka dot stickers over a pale orange-yellow, and this would match perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. 8

    This is so cute! Love the dots and the colors are perfect!

  9. 9

    This is so cute! Love the dots and the colors are perfect!

  10. 10

    [...] you combine a painted canvas with Duck Tape?  Modern tree art, of course!  I was inspired by this polka dot circle tree from Crafts by Amanda.  My oldest daughter fell in love with it when she spied it on Pinterest.  I decided to add my [...]

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    Aswini says:

    Hi, love it.. Where can i get the sponge applicator of different sizes? In a combo pack?

  13. 13

    […] I cannot wait until I make some of these myself. I’d love to put a couple in my daughters’ rooms, perhaps with some owl silhouettes on them. These trees are so cute and the instructions are so easy. To view the instructions yourself, just go to http://craftsbyamanda.com/2013/06/polka-dot-circle-tree.html. […]

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    […] DIY & Photo Credit: craftsbyamanda.com […]

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    […] thought I would share it here in case y’all missed it.  My daughter actually found this modern circle tree from Crafts by Amanda on Pinterest.  I recreated Amanda’s idea but used Duck Tape instead. […]

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