I’m so excited to share this super budget friendly Spring wall art with you! Most of these items you will have on hand at home or can adjust with things that you already have. What’s even better is that this art work is so very easy to complete. Easy and quick DIY project? Yes, please!
I started out by clipping some herbs that I had in my backyard.
I put them in a book and made sure all of the leaves were lying flat before closing the book.
After the book was closed I placed this heavy crock on the top of the book and let it sit for 24 hours. I think letting them sit, pressed in the book, for longer would have let the plants dry out even more, but I get impatient.
We had a piece of thin plywood in our garage that was leftover from another project. I loved the raw wood look with all of the knots and thought it would be perfect for this project. My husband cut the wood with a circular saw and has a great way to get a perfectly straight cut so I’m going to hand it on over to him to tell you how to do it.
Hi all, before I get into the “how-to,” here is a list of the supplies I used.
- Two saw horses
- A piece of scrap lumber with a straight edge that is longer than the project piece you are wanting to cut (the “Guide Board”)
- The project board (the piece you are going to cut)
- Two Clamps (I used these Bessey Clutch Clamps)
- Circluar Saw (I use a Skillsaw with an Avanti Ultra Finish Blade)
- Extension Cord
- Tape Measure
Lay the project board across two saw horses and make a small pencil mark at the distance you want to cut on opposite sides of your board. Place the guide board’s straight edge across the board you intend to cut and loosely attach your clamps on the side opposite where you will make your cut.
Next, you will need to measure the distance from the outside edge of your saw blade to the edge of the saw’s base plate where the blade is suspended through. In my case, this distance was 1 1/2″.
SAFETY TIP: Make sure your saw is unplugged while doing this, as you will need to open the retractable blade guard in order to measure accurately.
Now you need to push your guide board the same distance away from your pencil marks (where you want your saw blade to actually make the cut) and clamp it firmly into place on both sides. Keep in mind that the blade will cut away its actual width from your project. Most circular saw blades have a 1/8″ wide cutting path.
Once your guide board is secured in place with a clamp on both sides, re-measure the distance from the edge of the guide board to the pencil mark where you want to make your cut. If the guide board has shifted at all as you tightened the other side, you may need to re-adjust it slightly.
Before you plug in your saw, retract your blade guard and give it the “eye test” to ensure the blade is lined up with where your pencil marks were made. If so, you are ready to plug in and cut! As you begin to cut, the saw’s base plate should guide smoothly along your guide board, from one pencil mark to the other. If cutting a super thin board (like I was), make sure you don’t push down too hard, as the weight of your saw could allow the board you are cutting to bow slightly, which could allow the saw’s base plate to slide under your guide board.
SAFETY TIP: if you are cutting your line between the two saw horses, make sure to have someone keeping pressure on the outside edge of the board…if not, the weight of your saw will cause everything (saw and boards) to collapse into the middle as you near the end of your cut.
And that is how you can make a nice straight cut using a circular saw!
After all of the boards were cut and the holes were drilled, I used spray adhesive on one side of some watercolor paper that I had on hand. The size of the paper was just the size I needed, how perfect! I sprayed the paper and pressed it into place. Spray adhesive really sticks so I was careful that I had correct placement before pressing the paper down. The spray adhesive is also very strong smelling, so I completed this process outside. Once my papers were in place, I completed the same process with each herb. I sprayed one side of each herb, placed them where I desired on each paper, and gently pressed them down.
I screwed some finials directly into the drywall after measuring the placement that I desired and then used a cut up lace tablecloth that I had from a thrift store to hang them. I found my gold finials at a thrift store and the white ones I believe were from Home Depot a few years back. I just threaded the table cloth through the holes and the boards were so light weight that I did not even have to tie a knot to hold them in the back due to the drilled hole size holding them in place. I used 2 picture frames that I had to allow for more of an eclectic look. I used thumb tacks on the back of the frames to hold the lace cloth in place.
I love how this Spring art turned out! And what’s even better is that I didn’t have to pay a dime. I love it when I can shop my house for odds and ends that I have lying around and create something beautiful. Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to see your Spring wall art if you happen to take on this project!
Dresser Paint Color: Sooty Lashes Valspar paint, (see the tutorial of how I painted my dresser here)
Wall Color: Dunn Edwards Silver Lake
Antlers: Craigslist, garage sales/ thrift stores or I found an amazing shop that sells antlers here
Plants In White Containers: Ikea
Fluffy White Pillows: Home Goods
Wall Lights: Thrifted and Painted with my DIY Chalk Paint
Light Shades: Target
Candle Holders: DIY painted with my DIY Chalk Paint
Night Stands: Yard Sale and Painted
Tufted Headboard: DIY
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