DIY Wall Art Roundup, Linkup and Birch Trees Tutorial

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DIY Wall Art Roundup, Linkup and Birch Trees Tutorial


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Hi all and welcome back!!

This is a huge post for me!  Chalked full of fun stuff :).

A few weeks ago I posted about the very first things we’ve put on our walls (even though we’ve been here six months)!  I did this gallery wall, with the promise of a tutorial on how I did the paintings.   All the details of the gallery wall, including how I built the little half console table, can be found HERE.

Speaking of wall art, I collaborated with some other awesome bloggers and got a bunch of Wall Art inspiration.  Check out the hosts below to see everybody’s projects and find some inspiration for your walls!

 DIY Wall Art Roundup

1. Amidst the Chaos

2. Old House to New Home

3. One More Time Events

4. The House Down the Lane

5. A Shade of Teal

6. Vintage, Paint and more ….

7. Penny Loves Projects

8. Uncookie Cutter

9. Green With Decor

10. Casa Watkins

11. Domicile 37

12. Refashionably Late

13. Up to Date Interiors

14. Pocketful of Posies

15. Shabby Grace Blog

Here is my contribution.  I posted my gallery wall a few weeks back and had a lot of requests on how to do the birch tree paintings.

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So, the trees were sooo easy.  I’m not kidding. In the above post, my inspiration wall had birch tree drawing, but I wanted them to have a little more impact.  So, I started looking around and found THIS project from Persia Lou.

DIY Birch Tree Painting - Make your own wall art with this SUPER easy step-by-step tutorial.

Click image for source – Peria Lou


I loved this idea!  Instead of using a canvas though, I just painted directly on the wall.  But first, I built two large frames out of scrap 1x4s I had in the garage.  I just cut the corners at 45 degrees and put them together with a staple gun.  I wasn’t too worried about them staying together, because I was going to nail each individual piece into the wall.

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My helper, in a bathing suit, doing a little sanding.  Since my goal in the gallery wall post was to do the whole wall with just stuff I already had and spend no additional money, I painted these with leftover trim paint.

Then I had my husband hold them in place while I traced out the inside.

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I’m not usually a fan of blue painters tape, but I had some lying around so I used it.  This is easy, because you don’t have to be so precise.  No leveling or measuring, just sort of put it up in a way that looks natural.

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Make sure the tape lines extend past where you marked out for your frame.  Then paint!  I used the leftover paint from the doors.  My walls are a light grey, which worked for the tree bark, but if you have a different color wall you’ll want to paint white or grey before adding the tape.

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The reason I don’t much like painters tape is because it always seems to “bleed” a little bit.  But here, I wanted it to bleed, so it worked perfect.  I peeled the tape off and used a credit card like in Persia Lou’s tutorial to scrap the paint across.  I wasn’t sure it would work on my textured wall, but it actually turned out even better than I expected.  I did have to add a little more paint down the side of the branches to have some to scrape over, but I just added where I needed.

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If you don’t have textured walls, it works too!  It’ll just look a little more like the inspiration photo.  You can always add texture, too!  But that’s a whole different game :).

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Then I just added the frames.  The frames were so large that they weren’t very sturdy, so I just made sure and nailed each piece into the wall.

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Then I added the other stuff and done!  Again, you can find all the other details on the wall HERE.

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Make sure to check out my wonderful cohosts in the list above and their awesome projects!

Thanks for stopping by!!


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70 Comments on “DIY Wall Art Roundup, Linkup and Birch Trees Tutorial

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  3. Hi, April ~ I love birch trees! And this project seems totally doable! Now I just have to figure out where to put them… :0) Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new art!

    • Thank you Tiffany! You certainly don’t have to make them this big, I was trying to cover space with a little amount of money ;).

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  6. I love how you made these! When looking for inspiration I saw the same post about making the birch trees! I love how bold and huge yours are! What a great tutorial!

    • Thanks Ruthie! I need space filler, haha. I can’t wait to sit down and go through everybody’s posts later :).

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  8. Love love love this! Such a good idea to paint right on the wall then frame it out, awesome idea for when you want a unique size art piece.

  9. Wow! I love how you scaled them up and painted right on the wall! It looks amazing. I will be sharing on my facebook page. Thanks for the link back. 🙂

  10. You did a great job on those branches!…and it is easy to do. What, a great way to add a rustic feel to the room.

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  12. April. I LOVE THEM. I was clueless on how you pulled it off and I would have never guessed how you did it. What a cool and easy concept. The white frames rock. Easy on the wallet too!!! Awesome job.

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  14. I can’t believe how good the trees look on your textured walls. They turned out amazing and fit perfectly with your gallery wall. Persia Lou is awesome inspriation. 😉

  15. FINALLY!! April I have been waiting for this tutorial since you posted a peek of this wall weeks ago. I love how easy the tutorial is. I will have to keep this in mind when I finish my office/craft room. This could be a faux wallpapered wall technique!!! Love it.

    • Thanks Amanda! I’m not sure actually, but I really think it will work on any texture. I just kept extra paint and my brush nearby, so if I needed extra to “scrap” across I would just ad it down the side as I went.

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  17. That is beautiful!!! Even more amazing is the fact I think I can do it after reading your post. We’re getting ready to move and I’m looking for inspiration.

  18. I have seen your blog and loved those paintings of the birch trees. So glad you shared how you did it! I was totally off on my assumption.

  19. This is beautiful, April! Just as Meg and some others mentioned, I love how you painted directly to the wall and added the frame afterwards.

  20. Love that you put Charlie to work!! Congrats on getting the tutorial up. Awesome to see how it all came together

  21. I love the paintings, and how cool is it that you get your kids involved in these projects?

    • Thanks Amy! I always want my daughter more involved, but she has no interest, haha! My son is a mini me, so he loves it. THanks for stopping by.

  22. Where do I sign up to follow your blog and/or sign up for your newsletter? I am entering giveaway but can’t sign up to follow.

    • Hi Deborah! Thanks for entering! There is a little icon under “let’s get social” in the top right sidebar that looks like an envelope. It should take you to a sign up page for the email. Please let me know if it doesn’t work. Thanks!

  23. This is beautiful! I have too much art as it is, but these are beautiful!

    • Thank you so much! I have to much empty wall space and not enough art! Maybe one day :). Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Lovely inspiration! Thanks for linking up to the Blogger Brags pinterest party. I have pinned your post to the Blogger Brags pinterest board.

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