You need to know that right after I posted my branch wall art yesterday, I got a telephone call from my daughter teasing me. "Mom, you are just about the only person in the world that worries about art in the laundry room!"
- Assorted branches in a variety of diameters - 3/4" up to 4"
- 1 piece masonite or other 1/8" thick material for backing big enough for your composition
- Epoxy glue
- Paint to match the wall
- Roll of paper & thin markers to make plan
- Paint Brush
- Spray adhesive
- Saw - band saw, dremel saw
- Collect a variety of sticks and logs. I selected ones with smooth bark like birch, beech and maple.
- Using whatever saw you have access to be it band saw, miter saw or hand saw and miter box, cut the branches into a variety of thicknesses. I cut them from 1/4" to 3" in length. I cut about 75 but ended up using 50.
- Sand one end smooth. I used a belt sander but this could have been accomplished by hand. It would take a lot longer though. I do appreciate the access I have to my husband's workshop!
- Roll out a piece of paper large enough for your finished wall hanging. I used the back side of some ugly Christmas wrapping paper I had.
- Arrange the disks in a random layout. I achieved this by taking the 4 largest and placed one near the top, one near the bottom and two in the middle area.
- I then filled in around them with a variety of diameters.
- I tried to never have two pieces of the same height touching.
- Once you have a layout you are pleased with, trace its outline with a marker.
- Put a sticker on each piece and number them sequentially.
- Remove each disk, one by one, and sketch its location adding the number for future identification.
- Spray adhesive to the back of your drawing and quickly place it on the backing material. I used 1/8" masonite.
- Don't let the glue dry, but spray and place quickly. This will allow you to peel the plan off later.
- I skteched a line 1/4" inside of the outside rim of my composition. This will be my cut line because I want the wood slices to hang over the edge of the backboard. I don't want the back board visible when this is mounted on the wall.
- I drilled holes at each of the pinch points. This step is a convenience so the saw blade doesn't get stuck in a corner. I can maneuver more easily if there are open holes.
- Working on a band saw I cut out the design. The red mark you see above is the inside cut mark I am cutting too.
- This step could be completed with a little Dremel jig saw as well, and maybe even better because it has a tiny blade.
- Once the design is cut out carefully peel off the paper design.
- You need to save this to help relocate the wood slices so don't let it rip apart as you peel.
- Take a piece of sand paper and do a quick sanding on all edges. They don't need to be super smooth but you do want to remove the roughness.
- Paint the back board to match the wall.
- There will be many gaps in the arrangement of wood slices and you want the color showing through to match the wall. I had paint left over from the laundry room re-do.
- It required three coats to cover and I painted both sides.
- Once the paint dried, I placed all the disks on the backboard, rearranging them for the best coverage. I tried to match the plan.
- I mixed up a batch of 2-Ton epoxy, applied some to the bottom of each wood slice and pressed it in place.
- I saved a couple well placed small wood slices out and didn't glue them down.
- Instead, I screwed the wall hanging to the wall in those locations and then used Blue Tack to stick the wood slice covers over the screws.
And the final result is all I had hoped for. It reflects my love of nature and the warmth it adds by using it indoors but still has a contemporary flair to it.
Send photographs if decide to make a wood slice wall hanging for your home!
Previous Posts of Interest:
- Rustic Décor • With a Contemporary Flair
- Branch Overview
- Birch Overview
- Laundry Room Reveal
- Laundry Room Reveal • The Cabinets
- Laundry Room Reveal • Ikea Hack • Kvartal
- Laundry Room Reveal • The Ironing Board solution
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