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.
Hopefully this helps to inspire you for your own project!