Twig Heart Mini Pallet Art

How to make twig heart mini pallet art

The Clear All Purpose Adhesive used for this project was provided for me by Gorilla Glue

I made this twig heart art on a bit of a whim. We’d had some very strong winds here the other day and the garden was full of twigs that had blown down. As I cleared them up I just felt at least a few of them could be used for something. From that passing thought this heart twig art was born.

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To make your own twig heart mini pallet art you will need:

First make the base for your art. I was going for a mini pallet art look with these craft lolly sticks (or popsicle sticks as you call them in the US)

Use a piece of scrap paper to protect your work surface. Place 8 sticks side by side, push them up close to each other with the ends level. Apply glue to another stick. Use about 1/2 the amount than I show in the photo - you’ll see why in a moment.

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Apply glue to 3 sticks in all and lay them on the flat sticks in the N shape as shown.

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Apply something heavy like a couple of mugs or a book, to press the craft sticks together until they dry.

Originally I was going to give my mini pallet a thin wash of acrylic paint once the glue had dried. I was thinking a peachy colour which would have been really pretty. However when my glue was dry and I turned it over I realised I had used too much glue and some of my scrap paper was stuck to the craft sticks - ops!

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If you want to paint your wooden craft sticks then just use a lot less glue than I did and you’ll be just fine.

As my mini wooden pallet had a little paper stuck to it and I wasn’t about to waste it, I needed a new idea. I decided to go for a decoupaged paper napkin.

Apply Mod Podge all over.

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Apply the top layer of a pretty paper napkin. Mine was the same one I used for my Jewellery Box makeovers.

Paint on another layer of Mod Podge (gently!) and then trim away the excess napkin and leave to dry.

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In the meantime plan your twig heart. Draw a heart out on scrap paper and then trim your twigs until they fit the space well. I found the straighter bits of twig were easier to work with.

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Starting in the middle, apply a little of the Gorilla Glue to the sticks and then position them on the napkin covered craft sticks board. Just move them across one at a time, glueing as you go. 2 or 3 small drops of glue on each twig is sufficient.

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Leave to dry again and then add a few flowers to one side to finish your twig heart art. I just raided my stash for a few little fabric flowers and a couple of little resin flowers and used a little drop of the Gorilla Glue to fix them on.

This is what I found in my stash:

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And this is what I ended up glueing on:

Twig heart mini pallet art
how to make twig heart art

That’s it, a pretty little bit of art to prop up on your mantle or shelf. All because it was a bit windy the other day!

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I’ll be sharing this project at these link ups