Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How to make modern tree branch silhouette art


Here's a great little DIY project for anyone
who is:
1. Embarrassingly cheap and

2. Can't draw

I have long admired the modern triptychs by Inhabit at Velocity Art and Design but at $116, they were out of my reach.

I already had four IKEA Ribba frames with photos I needed elsewhere. I kept searching the Internet for high-resolution images of tree branches but couldn't find anything I liked. Tom said why not use real tree branches. Duh.

To create a similar set of art panels, you will need:

a set of picture frames (for an inexpensive option, try cb2.com's record album frame for $15.)
posterboard cut to fit
tree branches
flashlight

Lay the posterboard on the floor and suspend a flashlight above the tree branches so that a shadow is cast on the posterboard and trace the shadow's outline.



Go over the pencil lines with a magic marker.


And hang.

16 comments:

  1. down and out chicMay 13, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    fantastic job. these are wonderful and they have a story all their own...so much better than store bought.

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  2. i also am embarassingly cheap. very cute. and you could do it on canvasses and paint them bright colors! so smart.

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  3. Sherry @ This Young HouseMay 13, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Love love love it!

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  4. Great job. Love the look.

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  5. Wow, these are fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

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  6. Kristina with a KMay 14, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    What a great idea! I love this!

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  7. Gina (McCaleb-Rudder) StillMay 14, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Insanely creative! woohoo; another project to put on my list.........

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  8. This is such a neat idea and you did such a nice job! Thanks for sharing it!

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  9. Thanks for the positive reinforcement. Now maybe I'll finish my next project.

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  10. This is a great idea. I heard of renting a overhead projector but this is MUCH simplier! Thanks so much for the tip!!

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  11. Kasey at Thrifty Little BlogNovember 18, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    I love that you simply outlined the shapes and left it at that. Great!

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  12. very very creative...good job...thanks for sharing it....

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  13. Loved it! great idea.

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  14. looked at this post last year. i still like the idea and am considering it for my dining room. if only i had cool branches. I'm too late in the season for our apple tree, which would have been perfect. delayed intelligence, you know.

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  15. Julie, you can get a similar silhouette at marthastewart.com. Search for cherry silhouette. She has a pretty good template.

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  16. Rachat de creditJuly 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Thank you it is a good support, now to make modern tree branch silhouette art is simple by using your advice. Thank you

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