As part of our step-by-step guide to making your own rustic twig frame, follow the third step in which we help you come up with your frame design.
|Step 3: Determine Your Design
How To: Make a Rustic Twig Frame
|Step 3: Determine Your Design|
|Depending on how you’ve prepped your frame, you can now choose a way to twig-ify it. If you’ve got a collection of straight twigs (willow works great), a basic mitre design works wonderfully.
Start on the longest side of the frame, working inward. This way, you’ll make sure that you have twigs that are long enough. You can always trim twigs down to fit the smaller lengths, but you can’t un-cut!
Using the by-pass pruners, trim the twigs to fit the frame. Cut them at a slant so the twigs can meet at the corner. You’re basically creating an invisible line from the interior corners of the frame to the exterior corners of the frame. Before you glue anything, place your chosen twigs on your frame to make sure you have enough.
|Now you can start gluing. Start on the outside of the frame and work your way in, doing opposite sides first and then finishing with the top and the bottom. Dab a small amount of the hot glue on each end of the twig and then place on the frame.|
|Because twigs have natural kinks in them, you’ll sometimes need to force them to lie flat against the frame. The hot glue should hold them, but you’ll need to press the twigs firmly against the frame until the glue dries somewhat. 30 seconds or so should be enough.|
|To cover any corner quirks where the twigs don’t exactly meet or there’s visible glue dried on the surface of the frame, pick a couple of small, thin twigs to glue over the twig ends. These will run diagonally from the interior corners of the frame to the exterior corners of the frame.|
|Getting back to the decoupage frame (which is stunning even on its own). Select a few pretty twigs, nuts, pinecones, etc., to decorate the frame. Be creative. Play around with the design until you find one that strikes your fancy. Once you’ve hit on your design, use the hot glue gun to adhere your twigs and other elements to the frame.|
|Keep your design balanced. Here, we used mini pinecones at one side and an acorn at the other.|
|What You'll Need||Prepping the Frame||Determining Design||Finishing Touches|
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