Brisk nights spent by the fire – how dreamy does that sound? Bring the cosy charm of a new gas fireplace to your home by replacing your old gas- or wood- burner. While you’re in makeover mode, layer up the living area with the season’s hottest decorator items, and a wall-mounted trophy you can make – with a twist!
Gather your supplies:
• 400 x 600 x 12mm plywood or similar
• Water-based paint in white
• Glass test tubes (2)
You’ll also need:
Scissors; jigsaw; fine-grit sandpaper; sanding block; paint tray; sponge; chisel-point marker in black; picture hanging kit; Selleys Liquid Nails high strength construction adhesive in clear; dry tree branches (such as magnolia)
Step 1 Using photocopier, enlarge Trophy template (above) to 400% then enlarge photocopy to 275% so template measures 57cm long.
Step 2 Cut out template then place on plywood and trace around shape.
Step 3 Using jigsaw, cut along marked lines. With fine-grit sandpaper wrapped around sanding block, lightly rub over face of plywood and edges until smooth. Brush away dust.
Step 4 Pour paint in tray. Water down paint a little by adding several drops of water. Stir well. Dip water-dampened sponge in paint, then paint face and cut edges of plywood trophy shape. Move sponge in direction of plywood grain. You want to be able to see the grain through the paint, so add a touch more water if this isn’t happening for you. Let dry.
Step 5 On face of plywood, freehand draw a light pencil border, 15mm from edges. Use marker to draw over marked line.
Step 6 Attach hanger to back of plywood.
Step 7 Position test tubes (these will hold the branches). Use Selleys Liquid Nails to fix test tubes in place. Let set.
Step 8 Hang your finished creation on your wall. Place branches in test tubes.