They say that a forest of trees is a symbol of an abundance of life. To me, the memory of loved ones represents the same. I’m all about reminders of life and love throughout my home, so I strive to create projects reflective of that. This week’s creation combines Baltic birch plywood, unique jigsaw-cut art, and industrial wire to create a way to hang photos with rustic style.
Because of the simplicity of this project, the total cost is only $25 and it took me about an hour to make without including drying time. Below you will find all the tools, materials, and steps required to make one on your own!
- Jig Saw
- Power Drill
- Hand Sander w/ 220 Grit Paper
- Wire Clippers
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Eye Protection
- 24 x 30 x 1/2″ Plywood Sheet
- 16 Gauge Dead Soft Wire
- Art Clips
- Wood Stain & Foam Brush
- 1/2″ Wood Screws
- D-ring Picture Hanging Hardware
Step 1 – Plywood Planning
I chose to use Baltic birch plywood for this project as it is a strong wood with beautiful grain. At home depot, you can have a 2 x 4″ sheet cut to the dimensions of your choice. For mine, I had 18″ cut off the end to give me the size I desired.
With the blank wood in front of me, I envisioned the way I wanted my art to look. After some planning and practicing on scrap wood, I was ready to start cutting.
Step 2 – Jigsaw Art
Because the jig saw will create a sloppy edge, you will want to cut your wood with the front facing down. I began with the larger of my trees to create a basis for the entire piece. I am by no means an artist, yet I am comfortable working with power tools. As a result of this, I am happy to have found an artistic medium using my saws! You can make your trees look however you want. Little branches, wavy trunks, the possibilities are endless.
Step 3 – Sand & Stain
Once I was happy with the look of my trees, I sanded the entire front and all sides of the piece with 220 grit sand paper to give it a smooth finish.
Using Minwax Wood Stain in “Special Walnut”, I applied two coats with a foam brush to the front and edges of my picture frame. As this is an art piece and won’t be exposed to any wear and tear, I skipped adding a clear coat. If you like the finish of a clear coat over your stain, you can go ahead and add it.
Step 4 – Cut & Attach Wire
I purchased this bronze colored 16 gauge wire from Michael’s, along with my clips to hang pictures from. Using wire clippers, I cut two 26″ lengths from the wire. I twisted the ends into an “O” shape with needle-nose pliers and attached the wire with screws at 2″ and 12″ from the top of the board.
To hang the frame on the wall, you will need to add picture hangers to the back of the board. I prefer D-ring picture hangers placed flush with the corners so they don’t show.
Step 5 – Add Pictures & Enjoy!
How pretty is that? It’s unique, rustic, and full of love. I can’t wait to add more pictures! If you like this project and want to see others like it, enter your email in the bar at the top of my page to subscribe. I’d love to see you back next week 🙂