What if I took five, glued them together in a radial arrangement with two center disks and made a woodland flower? Oh yes. These are quite nice. I proceeded to make a collection.
And hang them in the spaces of my branch screen.
These are easy (if you have access to a band saw) and inexpensive! And I will be making more for other locations as well (like the branch ladder at the other door!)
Update: I did make them for my branch ladder - in fact I explored the concept further and made more intricate designs. Click through to the post for more info and additional tutorials.
Here is a quick run down of the process I used. I am looking forward to doing more with this technique. I can see a plethora of possibilities here!
- Branches 3/4"- 1 1/4" in diameter (approximately)
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Power hand drill and 3/16" bit
- Sliced the branches into 1/8" slices. They don't need to be perfect but not too wavy either. Make a variety of slice angles but for each angle, cut similar ones in groups of five. By cutting the branch at a diagonal you create elongated ellipse forms which work well as a petal shape.
- Also cut some round disks to serve as flower centers. You will need two for each flower.
- Allow these to dry. It depends on how green or wet the original wood is. Hot glue doesn't work well on wet surfaces and you will minimize the cracking of the disks if you let the dry over time. I had some that had been drying for a week and some that I'd cut in the morning. The glue didn't hold well on the morning samples.
- Arrange the disks in groups of five or six.
- Heat up the glue gun.
- Put a line of glue on the flat side, around the entire edge, of the center round wood slice and press it down onto the center of the five petals. Work quickly so that the glue doesn't harden before you get it into place and apply pressure for a few seconds.
- When the glue has hardened, flip the flower over and add a second disk to the back again using hot glue. Press it in place and hold for few seconds.
- Using a power hand drill and a 3/16" bit, drill a hole into one of the petals in about 1/4" from the edge.
- Cut a length of jute and thread it through the hole knotting the two ends together about 6" out to create a hanging loop.
- Make them in various sizes, some with five petals and some with six.
- And find a place to hang them.
Wondering if I should finish them with polyurethane or just let them weather. Time will tell!
Previous Posts of Interest:
- Hide That Gas Grill • DIY Grill Screen
- Mini Lanterns for Tea Lights • DIY
- Gas Grill • My Next Project
- Branch Overview
- Putting Branches to Use
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