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Trees are one of nature’s great beauties, but growing them inside is rarely possible. When you want to bring the great outdoors inside, branches and limbs are the perfect building blocks – and they’re affordable! These 20 DIY branch projects will help you warm up your home with a natural, rustic look that won’t break the bank.
With this simple, rustic pen holder, you’ll never have a disorganized pen drawer again! This project is easy to complete and takes few materials – just a saw and a power drill.
Saw off a piece of a thick limb, making sure one side is level. On the opposing side, drill holes about 3-4” deep. Place your pens and pencils in the holes and you’re good to go!
This branch headboard is perfect for creating a homey bedroom. The simple cross-bar style creates the feeling of wood pole fences and farmland, and the sturdy design is perfect for any size bed.
You can use long nails or screws to keep your branches together, and even reinforce the meeting points with decorative twine for an extra handmade touch.
Branches are a perfect way to customize your curtains. You can use straight branches for a traditional pull curtain, or opt for a curved limb for light catching space.
Make sure to strip any rough bark to avoid curtain ripping, and seal the branch with something like Polycrilic to prevent the wood from rotting.
If you’re looking for a way to bring rustic charm to the dinner table, these natural napkin holders are for you. Use a drill with a Forstner bit to drill out the middle of your branch, then sand down the interior for a smooth finish.
For an added contemporary touch, you can drill the holes off-center. Try making your rings with branches from local trees!
If organizing your jewelry is a challenge, this is a project for you. Step away from bland, traditional jewelry holders with this beautiful branch design.
Use the far ends of branches with lots of twigs and joints – or use multiple branches in one base. The diverse and twisting pieces are perfect for rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
Branch Tree Centerpiece
This project is the perfect way to capture springtime in your home. A flowering branch, attached to a sturdy base, makes a lovely centerpiece for living rooms, dining rooms, and even bedrooms.
If you don’t have any flowering trees around, you can use hot glue to attach decorative fabric blossoms or leaves for a more permanent piece.
Painted Branch Centerpiece
This project is a simple, quick way to brighten up any room. Turn brown, dully-colored twigs and branches into a lively centerpiece by painting them with acrylics.
For a springy look, try bright and pastel colors. For winter, you can stick to blues and metallic silver, and for the fall try out deep oranges, reds, and yellows.
Every modern home could use a reading nook, and a room divider can turn any space into a cozy, private spot. Unfortunately, many room dividers are pricy or unattractive.
This project utilizes natural branches and string lights for a warm, rustic look. You can build a frame from scratch, or even use the frame of a pre-made divider if you have one.
Why stick to expensive, pre-made hand rails when you can make your own? This project is a perfect way to use branches in a way that is both functional and beautiful.
Thin, tall trees like aspen and birch are ideal for a smooth, relatively straight rail. The natural strength of the wood makes this rail safe and effective, as well as easy to make!
Shadow Casting Hanging Light
This beautiful light brings the forest into your home with gorgeous casted shadows and a natural appearance. By using loosely clustered branches around your light fixture, you create the illusion of wooded shadows and a calming, natural feel.
If you have no hanging light fixtures, you can create the same effect by using the branches as a lamp shade over a standing lamp.
This project is an easy and affordable way to use branches indoors. By using thick twine and a roughly-cut branch, you create a rustic, minimalist feel – all with a practical use!
This rack can be used in a closet in lieu of the usual metal bar, or as a hanging fixture in open space to create even more room for all your clothes.
While many projects require big, thick branches, this one uses the little guys. By using no more than bent wire, a drill, and branches, you can make as many clothes hangers as you need – for a fraction of the cost of store bought wood hangers.
Different sizes and shapes of branches can hold different types of clothes, while the bark prevents straps from slipping.
Growing a garden is one of life’s little joys – but plastic plant markers can ruin the natural vibe. This simple project utilizes planed branches as markers instead, preserving the natural glory of growing.
These branch plant stakes can be used as simple identifying markers, or as supports for taller plants like tomatoes and beans.
This easy project is perfect for creating a handmade, rustic feel in your home. The look of a traditional branch ladder, complete with roped joints, brings a natural vibe to your decorating.
This type of display can be uses to hang photos, banners, baskets, and dried flowers. Explore different step lengths for different looks and uses.
Light String Chandelier
The wrong chandelier can make your space look tacky, but this branch chandelier brings the perfect balance of light and simplicity to your home.
You can use string lights of any color and variety for this project. Try small bulbs for a summery look or icicle lights for a serene, wintery vibe.
These candle holders are gorgeous, easy to make, and affordable. Using limbs of any shape or size, you can create spaces for candles that vary in height and appearance.
Simply use a drill with a Forstner bit to create openings in the wood wide enough for the candles of your choice. You can let the wax drip onto the wood for an even more rustic look.
This mounted coat rack is the perfect addition to any hallway. When not in use, the variety of shapes and colors makes for an attractive decoration, and you can customize to have any number of hooks.
Experiment with different sizes of hooks and different types of wood for a varied look. Always remember to sand rough bark to prevent your clothes from ripping!
For an easy, portable light source, check out this standing lamp. Using a stump base and single-branch fixture, this project is a simple way to brighten up your home.
If the bulb is too bright, the top of the branch can be used to hold a lampshade. The clean, simple look of this fixture fits in any room, and the light design makes it easy to move.
Gardening can be a lot of work, and working with plastic or metal borders is never any fun. These branch borders offer an alternative to unnatural wire borders, and they can be made easily from the branches in your yard.
With this project, you don’t have to sacrifice nature to protect your garden.
Framing and hanging photos can be time consuming and expensive. This project allows you to display all your photographs without the cost and effort of traditional framing-and-hanging.
You can use branches of any size and shape for this project – simply vary the length of twine to achieve the layout you want. Trim the ends of your string for a clean look, or leave them for a messy, easy-going appearance.