How to Create a Pancake Tree

by Trenton Payne


  • 1 Leftover Halloween Decoration
  • 1 Acrylic Paint -Black
  • 1 Acrylic Paint - Brown
  • 1 Acrylic Paint -White
  • 12 Branches or Twigs (small)
  • 10 Large Clumps of Moss
  • 1 Can of Spray paint - Orange
  • 1 Can of Spray paint -Yellow
  • 1 Batch of standard pancake mix
  • 1 Can of Spray-On Glue
  • 1 Can of Spray-On canvas protectant
  • 1 Medium size Paintbrush
  • 1 Large size Paintbrush
  • 1 Power Drill
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I wrote a children's book entitled, "The Pancake Tree". I had a librarian's conference coming up and I wanted to stand out from the crowd by making a unique maquette of the pancake tree.

    Step 2

    I found a purple sequenced halloween decoration for the base of the Tree. I then cut sheets of screen metal mesh, rolled those pieces to look like branches, and proceeded to cut my hands to pieces.

    Step 3

    Then I added ready made paper mache because I am lazy. I smeared liquid paper goo all over sharp wire mesh to replicate branch effect.

    Step 4

    Then, I added clay to smooth out rough parts? this clay dried overnight, no need to cook it.

    Step 5

    I then added real twigs because it didn't seem to resemble real tree branches, so much as it did a tendril-like mess.

    Step 6

    So far, the whole thing looked like crap.

    Step 7

    I pulled out all the clay, wire mesh, etc. and hurled it into the trash. At this point my entire family has written me off as emotionally disturbed.

    Step 8


    Step 9

    got out my drill and drilled small holes all over the top of the purple halloween decoration.

    Step 10

    I then took clay that dries overnight and wrapped it around the small branches and made the diameter of each branch gradually larger to be thicker like the tree trunk.

    Step 11

    I then jammed small real branches into the holes.

    Step 12

    Next, I found bags of real moss at Michael's Crafts Store, and spray-painted clumps with orange and yellow.

    Step 13

    I use a dry brush technique on the tree stump. Start with almost black acrylic paint...

    Step 14

    Then add just a slighter lighter version of color scrubbing across texture of the stump.

    Step 15

    Paint lighter and lighter versions of brown, but scrub most of the paint off the brush and really scrub what is left onto the dry surface. You will get an amazing layering of color with more coats.

    Step 16

    I then glue the clumps of moss onto the tree with tacky spray.

    Step 17

    Then I made a ridiculous amount of very real and very small pancakes. Use an eyedropper to lay them on the grill nice and petite.

    Step 18

    After spraying tiny pancakes with canvas protectant (to avoid moldy food) I glue them with super glue into tree moss.

    Step 19

    Here is the final version. To read my book, go to or purchase it on ibooks for iPad or on!