Consider your problem solved with this simple project! Using basic materials and a garden branch, you can create a striking triptych – a triple-panelled picture where the content extends from one frame to the next.
Gather your supplies
1200 x 2400 x 7mm exterior-grade plywood
70 x 35mm x 3.6m H3 treated pine (3)
Large dry tree branch, longer than the hung frames
Dulux Low Sheen Weathershield (we used Duck Egg Blue and Orangeade)
Step 1: Cut plywood into three 1000 x 600mm sheets for backing boards. Cut pine into six 1000mm and six 530mm lengths. Using 60mm screws, screw long lengths to short lengths to make a 1000 x 600mm frame. Repeat to make 2 more frames.
Step 2: Paint frames black, then use a roller to paint sides and edges of backing boards in desired color. Leave to dry.
Step 3: Position backing boards on frames. Check corners are square, with no sides overlapping. Predrill through board into frame, then screw in place using 30mm screws.
Step 4: Lay frames in position and place branch on top. Trim branch at each end, leaving a little overhang.
Step 5: Starting on bottom frame, measure and cut branches to fit inside frame. Use a saw or pruners to trim branches, reserving each offcut. Repeat for other frames.
Step 6: Fix branches by predrilling through frame or backboard, then screwing in place. Stick smaller branches in place using adhesive.
Step 7: Level and position bottom frame against wall, then attach using a rawl plug and countersunk screw on each side. Place level on top of frame and use it as your spacer. Repeat to attach remaining frames.
You’ll also need
Construction adhesive; 30 and 60mm treated pine screws; black paint; 6mm masonary drill bit; rawl plugs; 40mm galvanized countersunk screws.