Saturday, August 13, 2016

Submerged in the Word!

Hello again!  I was tapped to lead the crafts this year at Vacation Bible School.  This involved a lot of prayer (always a great thing) and spending extra time scouring the net for inspiration.  One idea I instantly liked is this treat tree.  Our VBS theme "Submerged!" took us under the sea and took me into my ocean of craft stash.  After finding my supplies, I came up with my own version of a treat tree I saw on Pinterest.  It was a great week at VBS, everyone had a ton of fun hearing about our Lord, singing, dancing and crafting all for the Glory of God.  I hope it inspires you to make your own treat tree for your event.
This craft is not original to me, you can find many versions on Pinterest and throughout the internet.
Since little hands were going to be reaching and plucking treats at random, I decided to flip the base as shown (see photo above) to give the tree a bit more stabilization.
After thoroughly washing the clay pot and base, I allowed it to air dry for a day.
I secured the base to the pot with white glue (a lot) of white glue
After drying, (it took 3 days) I painted it using acrylics, allowing that to dry.
To add interest and hide where the pot is connected at the base I added thick twine. (See finished photo)
I inserted a white Styrofoam ball slightly larger than the opening of the pot.  No glue needed, just gently push the foam into the top and it will fit securely into the pot.
This is the end result.
The dolphins and submarine were cut out with my Cricut machine.  They are on the "Life is a Beach" Cricut cartridge.
I cut two complete sets out of card stock for each floral pick.
A bit of tulle and more floral picks to trim around the edges.  
After each night of crafting, each child picked a treat from the tree and at the end of the night, I refilled the tree for the next evening.
I hope you enjoy making this craft as much as I did.
Hugs and Happy Crafting!