So, I bought an unfinished piece of thin birch wood to spur on my creativity. It was roughly three inches by eight inches. At the time, I had no specific plan. I just wanted to create some kind of wall art. I did know that I wanted it to be rustic and at the same time inspirational. Since anything with birds tends to make me happy, I narrowed my thoughts down to something with a bird. Using only materials that I already had in my craft room, I ended up with this DIY bird wall art.
How I Made My Bird Wall Art
Time needed: 2 hours.
DIY Bird Wall Art
Sketch Out A Rough Design
The first thing that I did was to draw out a rough sketch of how I wanted the end result to look. Using paper the same size as my wood, I laid out where I wanted things to go. I wasn’t super specific in how I wanted my branches to go. However, I knew I wanted to frame the wood with birch branches.
Pencil In And Wood Burn The Word Sing
I basically started my design from left to right so I went to work on my word first. With pencil, I drew out the whimsical lettering. Then, I went over the pencil with my wood burning tool. Since I also included a couple of leaves coming off the letter g, I painted those in with a light green paint.
Whitewash Entire Wood Piece
Before going any further, I lightly painted over the wood with a white acrylic paint. I brushed it on very lightly to give more of a whitewashed look. I probably could have done this before I did the wood burning but it wasn’t hard to work around the wood burned letters.
Create The Bird
To create the bird, I first drew out a bird outline on a thick piece of textured paper. I just drew the outline freehand but a stencil would work good for this too. After drawing, I cut out the bird and then painted it with acrylic paints. I just swirled some yellow paint onto the body and painted stripes for the wings. To make the bird a hard object, I then covered it with Mod Podge dimensional magic. It gave the bird a nice hard and glossy surface. To make the bird stand out from the wood a little, I glued a button to the back of the bird and then the button to the wood. I wanted it to stick out a little so that it could perch on a branch.
Make The Wire Leg And Foot
Next, I constructed a small leg and foot using thin florist wire. Then, I glued the leg to the bottom and back of the bird. This is how I was going to perch the bird onto a branch.
Add The Branch Perch And Floral Pick
I then added a small branch to the wood at the bottom of the bird where the foot rested. To add some interest to the other side of the wood, I applied a small floral pick.
Sprinkle On A Little Glitter
To give the impression that the sun was shining on the bird, I added a little shimmering glitter to the bottom of the wing and the end of the branch perch.
Frame The Wood With Branches
The last step was to frame the whole piece of wood with branches. I added a couple extra small twigs to give additional style. Once I was happy with the framing, I attached wire to the top branch for hanging.
To see some more fun bird art, check out my painted canvas craft.