How to Create Birch Tree Wall Art

Give the illusion of a beautiful birch tree growing on your wall with this unique (and easy to make) birch tree wall art. All you will need is a walk in the woods to gather birch tree limbs, matching empty frames and strong industrial strength glue.


  1. 1
    Select birch tree limbs for your art. You are going to create what appears to be a floating tree so as you search for limbs consider how they will fit together, as well as fit inside or on top of picture frames.
    • Consider taking a single limb and simply breaking it up amongst the frame.
    • Only use viable, un-rotted limbs.
    • Choose limbs that will work well within your frame size.
  2. 2
    Lay out the design. Before you saw limbs to fit frame, lay out how the limb will fit/look within the frames. Lay the frames on a flat surface and then place the single or multiple limbs over the frames to get a rough idea of flow.
    • Go for interest instead of a pedestrian design. Consider adding limbs to jut out off to the side (as long as it remains inside the frame boundaries) or climbing up through the frame…play around with ideas until you find one you love.
  3. 3
    Saw branches to fit frames. Before you saw, mark cut areas with the pen or pencil so you know exactly where your branch will begin and end within the frame.
  4. 4
    Saw each branch on marked area. Sand the tree ends to ensure you remove any additional broken wood or splintering areas.
  5. 5
    Prepare picture frames. You can approach this project two ways: removing the glass and laying the branch directly on the background or placing branches beneath the glass.
    • Remove glass and mount branches on background. If necessary, remove advertisement paper covering before applying branch. Add glue along the back of the branch and affix on the background.
    • Replace glass if you plan to keep the branches behind glass or discard glass (safely).
    • Allow ample dry time before hanging pictures.
  6. 6
    Position frames on the wall so it provides the appearance of a single branch emerging through each frame.
    • Ask a friend to help you lay out frames on the wall to obtain the ideal look. Or use a level and ruler to measure and position frames on your own.

Things You’ll Need

  • Birch tree limbs (several--or enough to fill your frames)
  • Industrial strength glue
  • Picture frames (3 or 4 matching frames)
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Pen or colored pencil


  • Purchase colored or white cardstock to use as the frame background if the frame does not come with an appropriate background.

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Categories: Decorative Home Paintwork