DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wow, that weekend went by a little too quickly, didn't it? We received a whole lot of snow for our area over the weekend which had all of the kids screaming, "Yay!" all except for the youngest one. In his mind, it is mandatory that a snowman is built on a snow day. So far, the snow has remained too powdery to make one, despite our multiple trips outside to attempt to coax it into even a measly snowball. Tell me I'm not the only person thinking of googling "how to make a snowman with powdery snow"? The worst was when we'd just convinced him we'd try again in the morning, and my daughter came in singing "Do you wanna build a snowman..?". Seriously. Ah well, maybe we'll have better luck today - You know we're ready with carrot, coal, hat, scarf in hand! 

In between trips outside, I got in a little crafting and was able to pull together this fun, simple, DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art for the January Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we'll use for next month's projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

This month's challenge was to create something using natural wood: twigs, sticks, and other natural materials. I took this literally and went with twigs - at this time of year, our many trees and shrubs mean my yard has an overabundance of them in all different colors and textures. I love how they all come together in this starburst pattern in an almost ombre effect. 

I used thin branches from my crepe myrtle tree, azaleas, and our river birch. You don't want branches that are too thick or too brittle.. it will make it difficult to cut. 

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To create this Rustic Starburst Wall Art yourself you'll need the following: 

  • Foam board
  • A glue gun
  • Twigs 
  • Pruning shears
  • 1"x4"x6' pine (if adding a frame)
  • stain in your choice of colors
First, cut your foam board to size. I cut a 14"x22" piece in half. Then, cut your branches into 1" pieces. 

To create an offset starburst, draw a starting point in the bottom left corner, then glue a twig facing out from the center of my point. 

Begin gluing twigs about 1/2" apart in a spiral pattern, moving outward. Each line should be about 1" from the last until you've completed the entire board, leaving a 1/2" border around the edges.  

I chose to add a simple frame to my piece using 1"x4" scraps of wood and stained the frame with a dark mahogany stain.  

And that's all there is to it, except for finding a place to display it! 

I hope you can find time to make one on your snow day or hope you at least have better luck with your snowman! 

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  1. What a great idea! I love how you framed it, too!

  2. Kim, this is the coolest project! You are very creative! What a statement piece.

  3. I love it! Not hard to make and that pretty frame really completes the look!

  4. Kim, this is seriously impressive and your sunburst pattern is so cool!! I don't know if I'd have the patience to glue all of those pieces down!

  5. That is such a cool idea - I love this, Kim!

  6. This might be the coolest piece of art I've ever seen! I love it. Great job. Your "corner" art is awesome also :)

  7. Who would have thought twigs and foam board could be so beautiful! I really love the natural rustic look.

  8. This is such a great idea and I love how it looks.

  9. When I first looked at that I would never have guessed it was made from twigs! So cool!

  10. This is so pretty and simple! I love the rustic touch to it, but modern feeling with the shape of the twigs.