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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

DIY Decorating - Branches

Branch Antlers
DIY Decorating

I have a confession to make, I've been kind of a yard waste hoarder lately...after each storm we've had, I save all the branches that fall from the tress because I think they can be turned into great items for the home! (I just heart branch decor) My first easy DIY Decorating project using branches was in my daughters room which you can see here (still need to add the birds).  About a week after setting up her tree branches, I saw these "Branchlers" by custom furniture maker Luke Bartels and I couldn't help myself.  Even Todd Oldham has put a pair of these branchlers up in his home.  I have been slowly working on my little guys room and I've been wanting it to be northern outdoorsy, kind of a woodland theme, but rustic and modern with soft colors for a baby at the same time.  Anyways, it's a WORK IN say the least...but I made these branch antlers out of one of the branches from my stash and now he has 2 things on his nursery walls! (hey it's progress :) The other item is the When I Grow Up I want to be like My Daddy sign I made last week)   This branch decor was really simple, I will show you in pictures how I did it.

I should also mention, this is a super fast and easy of the easiest, effortless diy projects I have done.  (This cost $2.27 to make as I bought the wood plaque and hanging hardware..however there are at least 3 or 4 more pieces of hanging hardware left over)

Wood Plaque (got mine at hobby lobby for $0.99 it was 50% off)
instant coffee and water....make a really strong dark coffee
foam brush
hanging hardware kit (found in the same area as the wood plaque for $1.27 for a little baggy of them)
tree branch or branches
garden clippers
glue gun and glue

 I stained the wood with very dark brewed coffee and did 2-3 coats. See picture below for before and after color comparison.

Position your hanging hardware so it is straight and use a small hammer to attach it to plaque.

Find a good branch or 2 branches that will make good antlers and clip them to shape your branch antlers...

Clip the bottom tip of your antlers at an angle so you can line them up flush against the plaque...

Heat up your glue gun.  Make a big pile of hot glue centered on the lower part of your plaque.  Affix your branch antlers, adjust the the branches to how you like and then hold in place till the glue dries.
 This one branch took extra long to secure so I just propped it up...

Loop a rope around the base of your branch antlers and secure with hot glue.


Ms. Burrito said...

So cute and artistic.

Hi, I am your new follower from Bloghop Thursday. I hope that you can follow me back at my Kids e-Connection blog. Thanks in advance.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

This is so cute! I've seen a lot of uses for branches but not this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

Delaney said...

How cute & rustic!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Thanks! I have been really excited about this easy branch decor project!

4Eighteen said...

Love the look of this! I might have to give it a try. THANKS!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

I love this idea! You are so creative! I’d love for you to link your adorable project to Things I’ve Made Thursdays (going on now until Saturday at noon). I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

Hope you’ll stop by and link up!

Coley said...

What a fun idea, it's so cute!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Ps - I didn't mention it in my post, but the lil guy who just turned 17 months likes them...he points at them and gets excited and starts the branch antlers are baby/toddler approved! :)

Miya said...

Nice 'branchlers'! Great to see someone else hoarding random sticks and stuff....

Theresa said...

Hi Candace, Your branch antlers came out super cute! Come link them up over on if you like. Theresa

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Such a cute idea, Candace! I love decorating with found nature objects, too.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday last week. Hope to see you this week, as well. Be sure to stop by, and see yourself featured tonight.

By the way, I'm your newest follower.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Kei said...

Looks awesome, I love the idea! Keeping this in mind for a future project! :D