TOOLS and EQUIPMENT
Saw (if you can't find a board the size you want)
Board (preferably pine or other soft wood)
1" wire nails, finish head
Willow branches 1/4"-3/8" in diameter (remove the side branches)
Picture hanging supplies
-Small screw eyes
Black or dark brown paint or ebony stain, brush, cleanup materials (optional)
Step 1: Twig Sign Basics
You might want to do some practice layouts on paper the same size as your sign. Once you know the size and spacing, transfer guide lines to the wood. I start by putting a twig border around the edge nails every 4-5". With lines in place all you need to do is cut the branches to fit the letter guides and nail them in place. Two nails per piece should do it.
Freshly cut willow is easy to work with. It is easy to nail and is flexible for minor corrections.
If the lettering twigs are too light to show up well you can paint or stain the letters for more contrast.
Step 2: Adding the Hanger
Sign and date the back and hang your sign. I added a little short tern Fall plant material to mine, in keeping with the theme.