Wood is often seen as an easy way to add some “warmth” to a room… and it’s true: Whatever the style, your décor can be enhanced by adding a touch of wood for a warmer look. Keep in mind that birch is a very special type of tree. This increasingly trendy interior design item works brilliantly with any décor – traditional, contemporary, country or transitional – since it lights up the room with a touch of white.
Adapting your décor to your personal taste, while keeping within your budget, can sometimes prove strenuous. How about creating your own unique piece from birch – at a low cost?
Well, here’s a little wall hanging that you can make at home, out of birch!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Birch branches, preferably of varying diameters and lengths
• A yarn needle with an eye large enough for the string
• A pencil
• A knife with a retractable blade (e.g., an Exacto knife) or a pair of scissors
• A tape measure
• Drill and bit (diameter 1/8″ to 3/16”)
• Adhesive tape
*Useful tip: We suggest that you read all of the steps set out below before you start the project. This will give you a better overall idea of what’s involved, and you can work your way through the steps more easily.
1. Before you begin, decide where you will place your finished piece and determine how much space you have available. This will be useful in working out how many branches you will need, the ideal spacing between them and the total length of the hanging.
2. Lay the birch branches out on your work surface – space them apart at equal distances, with their centres aligned.
3. Using the pencil, mark the centre of each branch. Now work out how far apart you would like to have the marked centre point and the hole through which the string will be run. Calculate this distance for all of the branches (see Diagram 2).
4. Drill holes through each branch at the locations you have marked.
5. Thread the needle with the string.
6. Cut a very long piece of string using the knife or scissors (the length of string must be at least twice that [see Diagram 2] of your wall hanging).
7. Move the needle to a point approximately 5 cm in from the end of the string; fold the string over and tape together as shown.
8. Push the needle into the hole of the first branch (this will be the lowest branch of your wall hanging) and pull the entire length of string through. Once most of the string has been pulled through, tie a secure knot at the other end so it does not slide through the hole.
9. Check the spacing between the first two branches to ensure that they are the right distance apart (the spacing you decided on before). Next, pass the string through the hole in the second branch. Once the two branches are correctly spaced apart, bring the string around the branch at its halfway point and put the needle through the hole again (this helps secure the branch and keeps the string from sliding). The string should only be visible on one side of the branch. Depending on the effect you would like to create, you can hang the finished piece with the string showing or “string side in”.
10. Repeat Step 9 for one entire side of your wall hanging, until you reach the final branch. Leave the remaining string loose, at the top end of your wall hanging.
11. Once you have completed the first side, repeat Steps 7 to 9 for the other side.
12. When both sides are done, tie the two hanging ends of string together.
One final step: Place a small nail in the wall of your choice and hang your creation from it!