THE ALPHABET TRAIN TRACK TREE

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Find out what I did with my sons old train tracks here!

 

Over the months, my son had built up quite a collection of train tracks but then for some reason suddenly lost interest in them! For a long time they stayed packed away in our storage bedroom.

The idea of placing train tracks on a wall was inspired by two photos I had seen on Pinterest. The first being a photo from MOMMO DESIGN. Originally I had wanted to create a tree out of MDF wood and used it as a bookshelf, but scrapped the idea when I realised it would require a lot of work and planning. This is what I ended up with!

 

Photo 06-07-2015 11 39 39

 

Materials used to make this Track Tree:

 

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How to:

 

These are the four main tracks I used to create the tree shape. As long as you have a variety of these 4 pieces, its all plain sailing from here.

 

  • Bridge tracks
  • Straight tracks
  • Connecting Point tracks
  • Curved tracks

 

train tracks

 

First I attached the blu- tack to the back of the tracks. Starting from the floor skirting board, I worked my way up the wall using the ‘straight’ tracks – making sure to place three tracks close to each other to create the thickness of the tree ‘bark’.

 

before

 

I kept going with the ‘straight’ looking tracks up the wall until I reached the height I wanted. When I got to the middle I then added the bridge tracks to the middle of the bark to allow the tree to branch out

 

 

I then started to use the ‘curved tracks’ to create the effect of branches. This can be designed anyway you want but I stuck with the rule : one track facing inwards and the next track facing outward.

 

I used the tracks with two connecting points to make even more branches from one line of tracks. I had a go at this tree three times before I was happy with the end results. The first tree looked like this..

 

3 (1)

 

Here are the alphabet letters that I bought as a set off eBay (you can find similar here)– I decorated them with fabric, paint and decoupage paper. I had a helping hand from my friend with this part. We used the modpodge glue to stick it all down and also used it as a sealent to protect the letters. It took quite a while to decorate all the letters, so I’d suggest buying ready decorated letters if you want to save time.

 

4

 

The last step involved arranging all the letters around the tree. I managed to place the whole alphabet around the tree in four rows. I needed it to have some sort of order to it so my son would be able to engage and learn from it.

 

TRAIN TRACK

 

Again I used blu- tack here to stick the letters to the wall. I did originally plan to use nails to keep everything in place, however the blu-tack worked really well so I decided to leave it like that.

 

TRAIN TRACK 2

 

What do you think? Be sure to leave me a comment below – I love hearing your thoughts! Also apologies for the crappy photos, I had just figured out how to use my cheap camera phone at the time haha!

 

 

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Comments

  1. This is an amazing idea. Wonderful job! I wish I had read this before I donated all my son’s train tracks.

    1. Thanks Patricia! It was so fun to make 🙂

  2. This is awesome! Such a clever idea and you it looks wonderful in the room.

  3. Wow this is absolutely fabulous. It looks incredible! X

  4. Erin

    Wow this is absolutely fabulous, would never have thought this idea, looks amazing.

    Hugs Erin xx

  5. Wow this is fantastic love it what a lucky child you have loved the picket fence there too xx

  6. Zoe IKIWN

    What a wonderful idea! I love this! Perfect for decorating a kids room 🙂

    http://www.ikiwn.com

  7. Wow this is so creative, and I love it. I would not have the imagination to think of this, amazing job hun xx