DIY - Framed Branches

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I've had this craft project in the line up for awhile. I found the perfect opportunity to put it together as I've found the perfect spot to place the framed branches in the nursery we have been preparing! I received the frame from my grandmother early in the fall, before a family garage sale... and the branches (my mother will love this) I collected fallen branches from my parents 4 acres, before accidentally tracking mud all over her house. Oops.
Here are my instructions on how to make your own:
Items you will need:
- Empty frame, without glass. The frame can be any size, I used one that measures 33-1/4 x 27-1/4''
- Branches long enough to fit your frame
- Ribbon, I used 1/2''
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Scissors
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Work in a large area, and be sure to work carfeully with the branches. Some can be sharp, and they can be very messy because of the bark. Since I was working on carpet, I placed the branches on top a large item I had in the room that would aid in easier clean up. Lay the frame, specifically upside down, next to the branches.
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Start picking out the best branches. I found the flat ones without many twigs to be the easiest to work with. You will have to lay them on the frame, and break them to fit the space. You want the branches to be long enough to attach them to the back of the frame, but short enough so the ends cannot be seen outside the frame edges.
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Be patient. It is like a jigsaw puzzle! Some branches bend inward, some outward. It will take time to fill the space of the frame while making sure the branches will all lay nicely together once attached to the frame.
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Once you have the branches laid out the way you want on the frame, keep them there! At this point I plugged in the hot glue gun and cleaned up the extra branches & pieces I didn't use. Next, we will do the first step in attaching the branches. Without taking the branches off the frame (expect to lift them up a little bit to get underneath each), hot glue each branch to the frame. Do this to both ends of each branch.
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I used quiiite a bit of glue on each; you don't want these to move... although this won't be the only thing keeping them attached to the frame.
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Once both sides of the frame are done, it's time to finish securing with the ribbon. Glue the ribbon in a line, running down both sides of the frame. It's not necessary to keep the ribbon tight, just be sure to glue  consistantly down the line. Make sure to glue around each branch end and cover with ribbon.
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Once the glue under under the ribbon is dry, the frame is ready to use! Depending on how straight your branches are, you may be able to hang the frame. If they weren't very straight and bowed in and out, you can lean the frame up against he wall, which is what I'm doing. I love the look of the 3D art! I showed the finished project to Jordan when he got home and he was very excited about it; success!
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