Find us on Facebook
More keeppies by Priyanka
Branch Art -- A new way to do your Home!! by Priyanka ,  Dec 10, 2013
Creating dramatic and unique artwork for your home is as easy as taking a walk in the park. Organic art offers so much more than a one dimensional painting. You can use tree branches to create dramatic organic artwork that can be custom sized to fit your space and provide a focus for light and shadow.

Turn branches from your yard into works of art. There are a variety of projects you can make using branches collected from your own backyard or purchased at an arts and crafts store. These crafts will accent your home and bring nature indoors. Handmade branch crafts also make heartfelt gifts.

A fallen tree branch is an interesting project material for the frugal crafter, but it requires care before it’s ready to enter your home. Spray the branch with pesticide to kill any bugs lurking under the surface of the bark. Allow the pesticide to sit on the branch for 24 hours before you work with it.


    Faux or fresh, framed branches are an easy way to give bare walls a touch of natural whimsy. Double the impact by lining the inside of the frame with battery-operated LED lights—they cast a lovely winter-like glow on the branches.
Materials 
Frame, with matting Clear duct tape Drill Decorative branches*, available at craft stores Hook and loop tape LED puck lights 

*Tip: Feel free to use long, clean twigs from your own backyard instead. 

Instructions 
1. Deconstruct the frame by removing glass, cardboard and other inside layers. 
2. Secure matting to the frame with clear duct tape. 
3. Drill holes along the top edge of the frame; they should be large enough for the branches to slide through. 
4. Thread branches through the holes you drilled in Step 3, then secure them to the bottom of the matting with clear duct tape. 
5. Use hook and loop tape to attach LED lights to the inside of the frame. Try putting them all on one side, or scatter them for a different lighting effect. When you want to turn the lights on and off, simply reach through the frame.

Add a little “art-is-tree” to walls with these cool branch sculptures.

Branch Art

Step 1: Cut dowels of various thicknesses into random lengths using a miter saw. Cut the ends of some pieces at an angle.

Step 2: Connect the cut dowels to form the main branch. Start with the thickest pieces for the bottom and graduate to smaller pieces. Attach pieces using glue.

Step 3: Drill holes in the thicker pieces to add smaller offshoots and attach with glue.

Step 4: Paint the mounting panels. (We used Valspar Bird Song Blue, #CI 185.) Let dry.Step 5: Mount by drilling holes for two short dowel pieces on the back of the tree and the front of a board. Glue together and let dry.

What You'll Need Large frame Newspaper Spray-paint Clippers Staple gun Branches

How To Make It 1. Spray-paint the frame over newspaper. 2. When dry, flip over the frame. 3. Place branches across the frame to your liking. 4. Use a staple gun on both ends to secure. 5. Use clippers to trim any oversize branches. 6. Turn over and hang!

Instructions

    • First gather some branches. For an over-the-sofa space you'll need two 5-foot branches, and about ten 4-foot branches. You can get branches from a park area or wooded lot.
    • Make a frame using the 5-foot branches and 4-foot branches to create a rectangle. Lay the branches so that the ends overlap and connect with the string by tying the intersecting branches together.
  • 3 Now that the frame is complete, take the other 4-foot branches and arrange then along the rectangle frame. Lay the branches out so that the natural angles and lines of the branches work together to create interesting spaces. The branch ends should sit on top and overlap the frame so that you can tie them. Once you have them arranged, tie each branch at the top and bottom to the frame.

  • Flip the frame over and reinforce the ties with some hot glue. Be careful not to get any glue on the front of the piece.
  • Hang the frame on the wall using two nails.
  • Tips & Warnings

    • Choose limbs from different types of trees to vary the color and texture of the final piece.

    Wreath

    • To make a wreath, you will need to use small, fine branches. Start with a cardboard or Styrofoam base. Make a base yourself or purchase one at a craft store. Weave, tie or glue branches together. Design the wreath on the base or attach later. Get branches with moss and knots for more texture. Embellish with dried flowers or other items found in nature. Add a ribbon and bow for a finishing touch.

    Weave a God's Eye

    • Start with two branches of equal length and width. Cross the branches perpendicularly at the center so they make a plus sign. Next, take a ball of yarn and begin tying the sticks together. Start by wrapping between every other stick in an X pattern. Be sure to wrap the loose end underneath a loop and tie it off. After you have made enough loops to secure the sticks, continue wrapping but change the pattern. Wrap the yarn around the end of each stick, making a loop and crossing in front. Continue wrapping the yarn until the sticks are entirely covered with loops. Cut and tie off the end

    Picture Frame

    • Make a frame for a favorite picture with branches. Either create a frame entirely of branches, tying pieces together with twine, or attach decorative branches to an existing frame with glue. A branch frame adds a rustic element to a picture. For a more modern look, try spray painting branches with bright colors first. Add embellishments, such as dried flowers, to your frame. Write a caption on the branches, such as "Picture-perfect mother."

    Vase Arrangement

    • Arrange branches of different shapes, sizes and colors into a vase. These arrangements can be used as centerpieces for tables and accents for the kitchen or other rooms. Try short vases or tall ones. Hang seasonal ornaments on the arrangement for an accent. Use pieces of curly willow, blooming forsythia, cattails and more. Go for branches with blossoms and moss for added visual effect.

    Wall Hanging

    • Even the most attractive tree branch will lose it foliage as time passes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t preserve the attractive shape and bark of the branch in a wall hanging. Create fake foliage using tissue paper to add a personal touch to the branch. The tissue paper foliage won’t fade over time like the actual foliage and gives you the opportunity to use any color of leaf you desire. Place the branch against a sturdy piece of cardboard and glue it in place. Glue the fake foliage to the cardboard as well to finish the project.

    Walking Stick

    • A sturdy walking stick is both functional and fashionable. The walking stick can be any length you want, but aim for a branch that does not bow when you put your weight on it. Cut the bottom of the branch so it is flat. Glue a rubber stopper onto the bottom of the branch so it doesn’t damage flooring when you bring it inside. Wrap bendable wire around the stick for decorative value. Attach leather bands to the top. Add decorations such as beads and feathers to the leather bands.

    Branch Coasters

    • A tree branch is a large decoration that may be too cumbersome for your household. If you want to do something with that old branch instead of banishing it to the compost pile, consider cutting it into rustic coasters for use in your home. Measure the circumference of your branch to ensure it is at least 3 inches thick. Cut through the branch at 1.5-inch intervals to create thick, sturdy coasters. Add decorations to the coasters, such as painted designs, before you coat them in clear coat sealer. The sealer protects the wood from water damage and keeps the coasters looking new.

    Talking Stick

    • Children can sometimes run over each other when trying to talk. A talking stick allows you to recycle a small tree branch and teach the children an important lesson in consideration. Choose a branch that is 2 inches thick and 1 foot long. Trim a suitable branch down to the correct size, if necessary. Cover one end of the stick in bird feathers. Glue the bird feathers in place and wrap the ends of the stick in leather cord. Add dangling decorations, such as beads and animal teeth, for added decorative appeal. Explain to the children that they can only talk if they hold the talking stick in their hands.

    Comments: