Sticks and stones may break my bones but this art was therapeutic.
You're home under the Shelter at Home order and may be looking for things to take your mind off recent news. Maybe you're looking for a small creative project but have limited supplies on hand. Maybe your yard needs cleaned up and your trees need trimmed. Maybe it's all of the above.
This a a simple project that requires minimal supplies and could probably be accomplished by kids 10 and up, depending on whether you decide to use spray paint.
Make it as large or small as you'd like, but I'd recommend keeping the sticks to 1/4" to 3/8" in diameter. This makes the art lighter in weight and easy to hang, but also makes it easier to weave the branches in places where you desire to do that, and easier to glue them together.
Supplies are super simple:
1) Several branches 1/4" - 3/8" in diameter, and a length slightly longer than the longer than your desired finished size.
2) Hot glue gun and sticks
3) Small pruners and tree trimmers
4) Spray paint, if desired
Using small pruners, cut smaller branches off to create clean lines. Begin laying out branches to create a design and size pleasing to you, using a small dot of hot glue as needed to secure. Once the glue dries, be sure to pull the glue strings off - don't do it while it's warm, it will only make it worse.
Once you have the base design established and branches have been secured with hot glue, use the tree trimmers to create the outside shape you want.
At this point, you can choose to leave it natural, which is beautiful, just didn't work for my space, or you can spray paint it ANY COLOR YOU WANT! I used white, because it was the only color of spray paint I had on hand that would remotely work with my project for the One Room Challenge. You'll need to coat both sides, and be sure the artwork is fully covered all the way around the branches.
Hanging is also simple, just hang it from an intersection of two branches!
But mine still isn't complete. There's a little surprise that I'm saving for the ORC reveal ;)
If you try this project, please share and tag me on Instagram @details.designs!
Have fun and stay safe!