How To: Turn Logs into Affordable Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

created at: 07/18/2011

Last week, we shared a budget-friendly wall art idea that used doilies and cupcake liners.  This week, we're back in log land (What can we say?  We love logs!) with this super simple, super affordable art project!  

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I spotted this log wall installation piece in Liv and Jeff McMillan's house tour over on Apartment Therapy.  It's a pretty simple project that anyone could make!  In the comments, Liv shared some info behind the project: "I made the log piece in the living room out of the birch logs we used at our wedding as the table number holders. I notched them to slide the number cards into and kept some of the notched pieces facing up as a little reminder."

created at: 07/18/2011

Since Liv and Jeff's house has (very) solid plaster walls, nailing each log slice (or ANYTHING, for that matter) into the wall was out of the question.  So, how did they do it?  Removeable adhesive picture hanging strips from Command!  Bam.  Easy.

As far as a materials list goes, I'm going to say it looks something like this:

  • 2.5-4 inch thick branch(es)
  • adhesive picture hanging strips
  • saw
  • sand paper

Cut your branch(es) down into slices of varying thickness, sand the flat surfaces smooth, wipe clean, and attach them to your wall using the adhesive strips in any arrangement of your choice!

What do you think, Curbliers?  Pretty easy (and brilliant) right?  Do you have a spot that's itching for a little log slice arrangement of its own?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Meanwhile, Liv and Jeff have one of the most uniquely decorated homes I've ever seen on Apartment Therapy, so definitely check out their house tour!

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What happens as the wood slices dry? Usually cracks develop as the wood looses moisture unevenly and shrinks and would expect the branch slices to pull away from the wall. How did you lower the moisture content?
Always loved the appeal of Birch, this company appears to specialise in it: http://www.logwall.co.uk
Great idea!... Making my son do this project during his getaway with Grampa next week!! Grampa has a cabin in the woods - Those two can have fun with it and then bring me the finished product to hang in our home! ;)
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I make bespoke framed log art wall hangings www.tanzarelli-designs.uk
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I love this! I want to buy it!!!!

This is a great idea and could also be really cool with a selection of transparent wood stains.

http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Semi-Transparent-Colors.html

Jenny, I love that idea!

I love this.  There's a sentimental sweetgum in my parents' yard (one I played under as a toddler) that has become dangerous and must come down, and this will be the perfect way to commemmorate it!

Alison Moritsugu, a very talented artist, used something similar, but much more so.

http://www.littlejohncontemporary.com/Moritsugu/moritsugu_10.html

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