Dr. Seuss Party Week! Truffula Tree Tutorial

Who’s Here? Who’s Here??

It’s the Cat in the Hat over there!

We got to play out back with our Gack!

Oh dear, oh dear, It’s Thing 1 and Thing 2!

I do hope they don’t make a mess while they’re here…

Our Mother would be upset if they do!

The Lorax and his trees just strolled in with the breeze!

We had a great time with the decorations for sure! We had all the of coordinating fabrics, tissue balls, yarn ball decorations all over the place. As I mentioned before, my husband is a wonderful help when it comes to making the decorations! One day, before our son was born, he came home with a transparency projector. You know, our teachers used to have them when we were kids… Before smartboards and computers in every classroom… well, when he came home with it, I was thinking to myself what are we ever going to use this thing for… Well it make in handy last year with the dragon birthday party. And again this year with all the Dr. Seuss characters. He typically uses the projector, draws the characters on wood and cuts it out. This year he used more cardboard, but I think next year we’ll go back to wood… The gack  had to be redone from cardboard into wood! And boy is he cool!

And in addition to all the Dr. Seuss ‘guests’ that visited our party, we also had a little Trufulla Tree forest!

Ready to make some yourself??

Truffula Tree Tutorial

Materials:

Balloons

Newspaper

Paper Mache Ingredients, flour and water

String or Curly Ribbon

Glue

Feather Boas, about 6 per tree

Fun Noodles

Wooden dowels

Black Crepe Paper Streamer

Double Sided tape

Step 1: Paper Mache! Blow up the balloons, mix up your paper mache mixture, tear your newspaper into strips and get ready to get messy! I used 1 part flour and 2 parts water for the paper mache recipe, but feel free to use your own. At one point my husband added drywall hot mud to speed up the process! For some reason I have never seen any paper mache articles mention dry wall mud! Not sure if it helped or not with the drying time, but those balloons were harder than the others… Anyway….

Step 2: Apply the newspaper to the balloon. Dip the paper in the paper mache mixture, rub off excess mixture, stick the paper to the balloon. Dip the paper, rub off excess, stick to balloon. Dip the paper, rub off excess, stick to balloon. Dip the paper, rub off excess, stick to balloon. Dip the paper, rub off excess, stick to balloon. over and over and over… Get the idea….

Step 3: Hang the balloon and let it dry for about 2 or 3 days.

Step 4: Once everything has dried and is hard, it’s time to get back to work! Cut a hole in the bottom of the balloon, just big enough for the fun noodle to fit in.

Step 5: Start gluing on the feather boas. I did this step in two parts. I did the tops, let them dry and then came back the next day to finish the bottom halves. I got my feather boas at The Dollar Tree. Not sure if they were only there for Halloween of if they are always there.

Step 6: The tree trunk. Using double-sided tape secure the crepe paper streamer to the top of the fun noodle. Both the fun noodles and the crepe paper can also come from The Dollar Tree is you time it right! The fun noodles are only stocked at The Dollar Tree during the summer as I found out… Too Late…. Of course I realized I needed these about a week after they weren’t in stores anymore. I called all The Dollar Trees around. Then moved on to Target. I finally found then there, but for more than a dollar….

Step 7: Hammer the wood dowel into the ground until it’s secure. And then put the fun noodle over the wooden dowel and add the top of the tree!

And Wah-La!

I did feel like a truffula tree artistic genius when I got them all made!

And I have a few left… If you’re in the Seattle area and need them, let me know!

 

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Comments

  1. These look awesome! What a great idea for a kids birthday party. Thanks for Sharing. :-)

  2. Fabulous trees!! My daughter”s 4th grade class is performing “The Lorax”> We are going to try to make these … Unfortunately they need to be mounted on a stage Any ideas as to how to secure them since dowels won’t work?

    • Yea!! I can’t wait to see… Ok, here’s my first idea. I was just at Lowe’s yesterday looking for pieces for a stool… Well, they sell round pieces of plywood. All different sizes. I’d say get one of those (per tree) maybe 2′ round… And screw the dowel into it, then put the tree over the dowel. It might take some experimenting with the size of the round plywood. Ohhh… Or maybe this…. The round pieces could potentially be a tripping hazzard… Get sheets of plywood and screw the dowels into the plywood. Then there would be a continous ground between them. It might help to have a PVC or metal fitting from the plumbing deptartment to put around the dowel, just to give the dowel some extra support. You might not need it, but it might give the dowel a bit more support! Ok, those are my ideas soooo far.

  3. loves this idea – I linked it in my Lorax Party Post. Genius idea !!

  4. I am doing a LORAX party for my little girl’s kindergarten class. I was thinking this would be fun for decorations. I am considering making a truffela tree out of the noodle and then cotton candy at the top that they could climb up and pick on a step stool. Hummmm…so many creative possibilities when Dr. Seuss is involved! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. chickchat says:

    WOW! What an amazing job you have done!!! I love this!!!! A total kids dream party…… :–)

  6. did you make the characters? and if so how? or do you sale them im having a dr. seuss parry for my bbys 1st bday and would love to have some.

    • The characters are made with an old school overheard projector, traced, painted and cut out. Typically in 1/4″ plysood, but some in cardboard. I don’t sell them becuase of shipping costs, etc. Thank You!!!!

      • Can i please buy these off of you i would really like these to be at my sons 1st birthday party. I already have the cut out of the cat in the hat

      • If only you had contacted me a year ago! :) Unfortunately, I don’t have them any more! I have the noodles if you are in the seattle area you are welcome to borrow them, but I don’t have the truffula poofs any more!

  7. Great idea! How do you screw a dowel to plywood… the dowel in the picture looked very small ans seem as though it would be difficult. Any suggestions as I would need the trees to stand up in a hall?

    • If I was going to use a dowel on plywood, I would get a bigger dowel. The ones I used were about a half inch diameter. The do come thicker than that at the hardware store. I’m unfortunately not exactly sure how to make them stand up in a hall.

  8. Do u still have them? I am doing a lorax bookfair at the school and i am located in silverdale, wa

  9. You are too creative :)

    Where did you find an overhead projecter?

  10. What a fun mommy you are! Made me so excited to see this. Proud of you and for your kids!

  11. Love, love, love these Truffula Trees! I’m wondering if you can help me out with a couple questions. First, what glue did you use to adhere the boas? Second, did you cut the boas at all or just wrap them around? Thanks for your help! You’re so creative!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like them! I just used Elmer’s glue. Nothing fancy. I glued the top part, but since it runs, I let that dry and then came back and did the other side. I didn’t cut the boas, just wrapped them about and around and around. Hope it works for ya!

  12. Those Truffula Trees are so cute!! Thanks for sharing how to make them. Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week!

  13. Reblogged this on Over the Moon Therapy and commented:
    More great Dr. Seuss ideas!

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