Step 1: Cut dowels of various thicknesses into random lengths using a miter saw. Cut the ends of some pieces at an angle.
Step 2: Connect the cut dowels to form the main branch. Start with the thickest pieces for the bottom and graduate to smaller pieces. Attach pieces using glue.
Step 3: Drill holes in the thicker pieces to add smaller offshoots and attach with glue.
Step 4: Paint the mounting panels. (We used Valspar Bird Song Blue, #CI 185.) Let dry.Step 5: Mount by drilling holes for two short dowel pieces on the back of the tree and the front of a board. Glue together and let dry.
What You'll Need Large frame Newspaper Spray-paint Clippers Staple gun Branches
How To Make It 1. Spray-paint the frame over newspaper. 2. When dry, flip over the frame. 3. Place branches across the frame to your liking. 4. Use a staple gun on both ends to secure. 5. Use clippers to trim any oversize branches. 6. Turn over and hang!
3 Now that the frame is complete, take the other 4-foot branches and arrange then along the rectangle frame. Lay the branches out so that the natural angles and lines of the branches work together to create interesting spaces. The branch ends should sit on top and overlap the frame so that you can tie them. Once you have them arranged, tie each branch at the top and bottom to the frame.
Choose limbs from different types of trees to vary the color and texture of the final piece.
To make a wreath, you will need to use small, fine branches. Start with a cardboard or Styrofoam base. Make a base yourself or purchase one at a craft store. Weave, tie or glue branches together. Design the wreath on the base or attach later. Get branches with moss and knots for more texture. Embellish with dried flowers or other items found in nature. Add a ribbon and bow for a finishing touch.
Start with two branches of equal length and width. Cross the branches perpendicularly at the center so they make a plus sign. Next, take a ball of yarn and begin tying the sticks together. Start by wrapping between every other stick in an X pattern. Be sure to wrap the loose end underneath a loop and tie it off. After you have made enough loops to secure the sticks, continue wrapping but change the pattern. Wrap the yarn around the end of each stick, making a loop and crossing in front. Continue wrapping the yarn until the sticks are entirely covered with loops. Cut and tie off the end
Make a frame for a favorite picture with branches. Either create a frame entirely of branches, tying pieces together with twine, or attach decorative branches to an existing frame with glue. A branch frame adds a rustic element to a picture. For a more modern look, try spray painting branches with bright colors first. Add embellishments, such as dried flowers, to your frame. Write a caption on the branches, such as "Picture-perfect mother."
Arrange branches of different shapes, sizes and colors into a vase. These arrangements can be used as centerpieces for tables and accents for the kitchen or other rooms. Try short vases or tall ones. Hang seasonal ornaments on the arrangement for an accent. Use pieces of curly willow, blooming forsythia, cattails and more. Go for branches with blossoms and moss for added visual effect.
Even the most attractive tree branch will lose it foliage as time passes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t preserve the attractive shape and bark of the branch in a wall hanging. Create fake foliage using tissue paper to add a personal touch to the branch. The tissue paper foliage won’t fade over time like the actual foliage and gives you the opportunity to use any color of leaf you desire. Place the branch against a sturdy piece of cardboard and glue it in place. Glue the fake foliage to the cardboard as well to finish the project.
A sturdy walking stick is both functional and fashionable. The walking stick can be any length you want, but aim for a branch that does not bow when you put your weight on it. Cut the bottom of the branch so it is flat. Glue a rubber stopper onto the bottom of the branch so it doesn’t damage flooring when you bring it inside. Wrap bendable wire around the stick for decorative value. Attach leather bands to the top. Add decorations such as beads and feathers to the leather bands.
A tree branch is a large decoration that may be too cumbersome for your household. If you want to do something with that old branch instead of banishing it to the compost pile, consider cutting it into rustic coasters for use in your home. Measure the circumference of your branch to ensure it is at least 3 inches thick. Cut through the branch at 1.5-inch intervals to create thick, sturdy coasters. Add decorations to the coasters, such as painted designs, before you coat them in clear coat sealer. The sealer protects the wood from water damage and keeps the coasters looking new.
Children can sometimes run over each other when trying to talk. A talking stick allows you to recycle a small tree branch and teach the children an important lesson in consideration. Choose a branch that is 2 inches thick and 1 foot long. Trim a suitable branch down to the correct size, if necessary. Cover one end of the stick in bird feathers. Glue the bird feathers in place and wrap the ends of the stick in leather cord. Add dangling decorations, such as beads and animal teeth, for added decorative appeal. Explain to the children that they can only talk if they hold the talking stick in their hands.