DIY painted tree trunk

This may be a little off the wall but I thought it’d be a good idea to paint my indoor tree’s trunk.  Why? I don’t know, I wanted it to match better and thought it would provide a fun pop of color to the little corner it’s nestled in.  FIRST I consulted a farmer to make sure it was safe.  Remember our cotton decor roundup?-our dad is a farmer so it was an easy way to pick his brain  (;  He said it would be fine as long as I used a water based paint so I went with Americana’s acrylic, my fav and I have a ton on hand.  I bought this cute braided ficus tree from Home Depot.  Yes, it’s alive and well.  I love that it has several small trunks and wanted to emphasize that.

So here is my DIY painted tree trunk tutorial, ombre style!

DIY painted tree trunk. Why not?? (:

I love love love YELLOW!  It’s been my favorite color since I was a little girl and I still love it.  It’s in my dining room and I love the cheeriness it provides every time I walk by.  So it’s not a surprise I went with yellow to paint the tree.  I thought ombre would be fun since right around the corner is my blue ombre accent wall!  (Aqua is my second favorite color).  To paint your own tree, you just need some acrylic paints and foam brushes on hand.  No sealing required!

I used white + 3 shades of yellow for the trunk: White Wash, Banana Cream, Bright Yellow and Cadmium Yellow.DIY ombre painted tree trunk

I scooted the soil over and got as close to the base as possible without tracking dirt into my brush. Hello little bug, am I disrupting your habitat?

Ombre painted tree trunk

Then I just painted each trunk as best as I could without getting any paint on the other branches.  Allowing each color to dry in-between helped, if I accidentally touched one, it just wiped off.  Easy, easy.

DIY ombre painted tree trunk

Maybe it’s unnecessary but I love the pop of yellow.  I put the birdcage (shown above) on the other side of the room and brought in my $5 yard sale chair from the garage.  I love the vintage feel of this chair.  It works perfectly, I just wiped it down to remove any possible germs from its previous home and put Kristi’s handmade pillow she donated to me on it.  My family room is nearly complete, now I just need to find or build the perfect sofa table!

Check out my earlier post this week on our new family motto sign: life is good.  Tell me I’m not the only one who rearranges their room every couple of months?

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  1. 1

    You are just too cute! I never thought to paint the trunk of a tree…so smart and decorative!

  2. 2

    Wow! This is such a great idea girls. I don’t have any live plants in the house, but I do have a faux tree thats been sitting in the garage for years, and I bet it would look incredible with a fun coat of paint! Very cool.

  3. 3

    I never would have thought of this…but it is just adorable! What a great conversation, piece, too! It looks so sunshiny and cheerful. Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Crystal

    I would have never thought to paint the trunk of an indoor tree. It turned out great! I love the different shades of yellow!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  5. 5

    So smart! I think that’s a really creative way to add some colour to a room :)

  6. 6

    I used to have a yellow dining room and I really miss it! It just doesn’t work in the house we are living in now but maybe when we move again it will. The tree looks great painted!

  7. 7

    I was delighted to see you use different colors to paint the trunk of the tree. The colors are wonderful and give it depth. So creative!

  8. 8

    Oh, I love this idea! It looks really great. I don’t know that I would have thought to do it but seeing it makes so much sense.