I'll admit, this next DIY really took me by surprise. My house is located smack dab in the middle of the woods, and for us, yard work isn't just a fall activity – it's a 365-day battle! Every time we get our yard semi-clean, along comes a gust of wind, and with it, dead leaves and tree branches. Sometimes we break down the branches and burn them in a fire pit or use them to play fetch with the dogs, but, in all my years of trying to keep the debris in control, I never once thought of using them as home decor.
As it turns out, there are many stylish and functional ways to use tree branches inside your home. Even if you don't live in the woods like me, chances are that you can find a few dead branches at your local park or walking path. The key word there is dead! You don't want to go around whacking live branches off trees, as it's not only rude to property owners, but harmful to the trees that we rely on for air. Trees play a vital role in our lives, which is probably why these branches have such a peaceful and comforting look when used inside the home.
It sounds too good to be true, but the first step in this DIY is to go outside and gather some dead tree branches.
After Stephanie had gathered several strong branches, she sawed them into four-inch pieces. If your wood has “wick,” or is still green, leave it to dry in a warm place until it turns brown.
Next, she arranged her branches on a wooden board …
… and drilled holes in each one. Work slowly, as you'll want to be extra-careful not to split the wood in this step.
Before attaching the branches to the wood board, Stephanie dipped each one in white paint.
Once they dried, they were ready to be drilled into place.
The result? An adorable place for her family to store jackets, bags, and even the dog's leash.
If that look is not for you, however, there are plenty of other ways to liven up your home decor with tree branches. These framed branches are beautiful, but sell as a set for a whopping $300. I don't know about you, but I'm fairly confident that I could make my own.
This tree branch shelf would be more of a challenge, but definitely worth the reward. A copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau would really complete the look!
Totally different, but just as stunning, is this DIY from Vibeke Design. She used a large branch to display various candles and knick-knacks, and while it looks like she may have lit the candles for this picture, we suggest using flameless versions from the Dollar Store.
If you want to take things to the next level, why not use a tree branch as a stair-rail?
Or, find an even larger one to act as a one-of-a-kind light fixture? When it comes to decorating with tree branches, the only limit is your imagination!
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