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DIY Log Art

At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).

One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could  be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.

DIY Log Art

Materials + Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Before you jump into the artsy portion of this craft, you will need to cut your stick into cross sections using a chop saw. (Of course, please wear the appropriate safety gear and use the saw in accordance with its safety guidelines.) Each little cross section should be about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick and will look like a pretty little wood disk.
  • An assortment of paint colors of your choice. You could also leave all the slices their natural wood tone.
  • sponge paintbrush
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • thumbtacks (It’s important that the face of the thumbtack is flat so it can glue flush with the back of each log slice.)

Step 1: Let’s get started, shall we? To begin, decide what log slices you want to be painted. I did more of a mixture of colors. When painting, I made sure to leave the sides of the log slice a natural wood because I liked the juxtaposition of the bright paint with the raw wood. Because wood is porous, it only takes about 5 minutes for the paint to dry. If the colors are not as vibrant as you want, simply paint a second coat after the first coat has dried.

DIY Log Art

Step 2: Once all your log slices have dried, flip them over, then place a dot of hot glue on the back and stick the thumbtack face on the dot of glue. Now each log slice can be stuck on the wall and we will all agree that it is art.

DIY Log Art

DIY Log Art

Step 3: For step three, and your final step, arrange all your log slices onto your wall space. Make sure you firmly push each thumbtack into the wall to get those log slices to securely stick. I arranged mine in sort of an abstract pattern, but you can go as orderly or nutty as you like.

DIY Log Art

DIY Log Art

And we’re finished! This project was so fun and so easy that I am already thinking up other ways to recreate it throughout my house. It may be exciting to try this same craft using wood stains instead of paint or varying sizes of logs to create some one-of-a-kind log slice art.


Art, DIY, Handmade

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Alix AdamsAlix is a guest blogger for Design Happens. She is also a mom and a maker of important things like floral crowns. Her proclivity for glitter borders on the side...


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