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Design Your Own Wall Art With Branches, Paper & Mod Podge

If you are having trouble finding wall art to fit your style needs, then design your own wall art just the way you want it.  It’s fun to get creative with a variety of different items and if those items just happen to be free, it is all the more satisfying.   This particular project was made up almost entirely of things that I had on hand or were taken directly from the great outdoors.  The only thing that I had to purchase was the wood base which was very inexpensive from Joann.

Before I had started this project, I had drawn out on paper a rough design of what I wanted my finished project to look like.  As I began working on the plaque, however, the project began to take on a life of its own.  Each stage that I completed gave me new inspiration for the next phase.  A little tweaking here and there and I ended up with a design I was happy with.

When I bought my birch piece of wood from the craft store, there were a myriad of different sizes and shapes available.  Pick something that will best fit the design that you have in mind.  You could also come up with your own base with a slice from a tree trunk or a ceramic tile or even metal sheeting.

The very first thing I did was to write the word “sing” with a wood burning pen.  I then added some paint.  First I painted green inside the leaves and then I did a whitewash paint over the entire piece of wood.

When you frame a plain piece of wood with branches, it add a nice rustic touch.  So..I used birch branches for the trim around the plywood frame and for a perch for my bird to sit on.   I then drew the bird free hand on some thick textured paper and cut it out.  You could also print out an image that you want to use or use a stencil instead.  I then painted it and coated it with Modge Podge dimensional magic to give it a nice hard and somewhat glossy texture.  To get the bird to stand out a little, I first glued a thick button to the plaque and then glued the bird to the button.  I also glued a wire leg and foot underneath the bird with the foot perched on the branch.

I added a few clear sequins to the end of the branch to look like fresh dew in the morning with the sun glistening on it.  Then, to fill the right corner, I simply add a small floral pick of leaves and berries.  The last step was to twist a thick wire around the top branches for hanging.

bird plaque by rustic-crafts.com

Hopefully this helps to inspire you for your own project!