With twigs and branches you can create unique decor accessories for both your indoor and outdoor living spaces. You only need to look in your backyard or nearby fields to find good candidates. Look for branches with interesting colours and textures. Red dogwood, for example, features stand-out crimson bark that adds contrast and interest. There are also willows with yellow or green bark. Young, slim birch branches that are a rich, bronzy colour with a slightly rough texture are certain to add a rustic look. The curly, twisty branches of corkscrew willow or hazel can bring yet another dimension to your projects.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Nothing could be simpler than making an arrangement of branches in different colours and textures. When placed in your favourite vase they add simple charm to any room. Enjoy the result alone, or welcome spring by adding a few tulips or daffodils. As the seasons change you can change the blooms you use. Be sure to add water and change it often.
Make a clever jewelry tree with a small branch that has lots of sturdy side twigs. Select a small, heavy vase; anchor your branch with marbles or pebbles. Et voila! You have a handy place to hang your frequently-used pendants.
For Special Occasions
Take a tall, thin, clear vase and fill it part way with decorative glass stones, either clear or in a colour to match your decor. Then, anchor in place two or three interesting branches. For a dramatic statement, choose branches at least twice the height of the vase. Though branches alone are stunning without embellishment, you can use your imagination to personalize and decorate your tree. For example, consider hanging artifacts on the tree that reflect the season or occasion. For Valentine’s Day hang “jewels” made from once loved pieces of jewellery … in red, of course. Perhaps include some red die-cut paper hearts to emphasize the theme. For Easter hang hand-painted Easter eggs. During the Christmas season, use sparkling mini lights and tiny decorations. Whatever you do, use your imagination throughout the year!
Branch Towel Bar
Add a one-of-a-kind rustic touch to your bathroom or kitchen by embellishing a purchased wooden towel bar with interesting branches. Select one or more branches thick enough to cover the front of the bar. Cut the branches to the desired length and fasten them with wire and/or finishing nails.
A wreath is a perfect accent to hang anywhere, indoors or out. Choose branches that bend easily, such as grape vines or willows. To make the branches more pliable, first soak them for a couple of hours in warm water. Create the base for your shape with a wire form (available in craft stores) or simply make a freehand circular shape with one of the branches. Secure it with wire or cord. Then, weave additional branches in and out until you have the size, shape and look you want. Add dried pods and seed heads for interest.
Picture or Mirror Frame
Start with an inexpensive wooden frame. Choose branches and/or twigs in lengths slightly longer than the sides of your frame. Be sure that their diameter is in proportion appropriate to the width of the frame. Start on one side, working your way from the outside of the frame in, securing each branch or twig with a glue gun. Place the branches as close to each other as possible until one side is completed. Continue with the next side. Once finished, fill in any gaps with smaller twigs.