Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Branches Frame

For Mother's Day, I cheated and looked at my Mom's Pinterest account to get an idea of what to get her this year.  Money wasn't really a concern, we always budget for gifts, but I didn't want to buy just anything, I wanted to buy something she truly would enjoy.  Lately she has been focused on buying things for the lake house they just bought and are renovating.  My mom has a theme throughout her lake house of trees, which I must say fits in well with the location of the lake house.  One pin she had inspired this craft, which was fun to make with the help of my sweet sweet hubby.


First, my daughter and I went into the woods down our favorite trail and chose a bunch of thin branches we thought looked interesting.

Next, I look through my stock pile of old picture frames and chose my favorite which happened to be this one. I liked the detail and thought the color of the frame would go well in the lake house.


  I removed the glass, the matte, and the picture.


Then I laid my branches out and found the ones I thought would go best and had the most character that fit in the frame and then we cut them.  Measure each branch and cut it making sure it fits snugly in the frame.  You can use anything useful to cut the branches, my husband chose a pair of pliers.


Lay  the sticks inside the frame and make sure you like the order you place them in. Then take away half of the sticks laying them out in the order you would like to put them back into the frame. Get a paint brush and wet the edge of the frame.


 Then dip each stick in the water before you lay it into the frame.


Next elevate your frame and begin covering the edge of each branch with glue. As you can see I had a very technical set up of 4 seasoning bottles elevating my frame. Do not make the mistake I did and use regular gorilla glue or you will be chipping away the brown excess for an hour! Use clear gorilla glue (it expands so don't be too generous) or clear silicone glue or model glue may also work. 





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17 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! I love the organic feel of the branches. Looks great!

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  2. Thank you, it was a really fun project that the kids could even been involved with.

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  3. Love this! It looks so rustic and country. Visiting from a blog hop - thanks for sharing :)

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. Thank you, it's a perfect project for a home with a rustic feel

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  4. I like this a lot. There's just something about sticks that is rustic and fun. I had some fun with sticks for my fall decor...by way of glueing them on lampshades (I like to drive my husband nuts!) haha.
    Your framed sticks are just lovely though! I'm sure your mother with love it. (Also great idea to look at your mom's pinterest board to figure out a good present for her)

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    1. The lampshade sounds like a great idea. Thanks for visiting our blog!

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  5. My husband and I love art that involves trees or branches, this is great!

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    1. There is something about making your own art, it just suits your personality better than anything you find in stores. I love the uniqueness of having a piece of art that it all your own! This project was really easy and fun!

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  6. What a cute project. I love having natural elements like that in a room, they always balance things out so nicely.

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    1. Thanks! You know that's so true about natural elements. Where I work, we redecorated and used colors from nature (sand, sky, earth) and it really created a sense of balance and calm since those things already naturally go together. This would of made a good addition too. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. This is too funny - I don't go on pinterest very often ( I'm scared to have another addiction lol ) but I have a few things I've pinned - that was one of them - from House and Home!
    Yours turned out great!!!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you follow back when you have the time :)
    xxx

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  8. Pinterest can defiantly be addicting but also inspiring! That is so need that you found us! Here is the art she had pinned : http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/10/garage-sale-frame-my-favorite-piece-of.html

    I love how the branches you choose and the frame you put them in can really change the feel of your art work. Thanks for following us! I'm checking out your page to follow you and browse now :)

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  9. I love this-it's so simple, but makes a great art piece!

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  10. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/11/your-whims-wednesday-86-and-features_20.html

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    1. Well thank you so much for featuring us! We love your blog and will be proud to show off your button!

      Lacey & Amber

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  11. Gorgeous! I love how simple, but stunning it is!

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    1. Thank you! That is such a sweet thing to say!

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