How To: Make DIY Twig Buttons!

created at: 01/05/2012

Okay, before you think “What could I possibly do with a bunch of twig buttons?!”, I have an answer (or five).  Ahem.  They are: embellish pillows! Embellish gifts and gift tags! Use them on these felt gadget cases! Use them for knitting projects! Turn them into cute magnets!  See?  There are SO many ways to use them.  All jazzed up to make some twig buttons now?  Here’s how.    

Katie Startzman (yes, the same Katie that brought those beautiful DIY leather journals), created these twig buttons from a birch branch she’d cut down over the summer.   Continue Reading

Make It: A Space-Saving DIY Twig Christmas Tree!

created at: 12/07/2011

The always awesome and incredibly clever Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff came up with one of the best alternative Christmas tree ideas I’ve seen in a long time: a space-saving, wall-mounted twig tree!  Want to make one yourself?  Here’s what you’ll need!   

 

Find as many near-straight sticks as you can get your hands on.  Also grab some “removeable poster tabs / tape tabs”; 3M makes these.  After that all you need are your decorations and Karen’s fantastic (and humorous) tutorial!   Continue Reading

How To: Make Easy DIY Tree Branch Wall Hooks!

created at: 11/28/2011

Classy, rustic, and modern (they’re white!) all at once, these DIY branch wall hooks will have you dreaming of Scandinavian cabins in no time.   

 

With a few simple materials and tools, your wall hook woes will be over thanks to this simple, 4-step DIY idea from Scandinavian Deko.  All you need are branches (of course), a knife, sandpaper, paint, and a drill.  Get outside and start collecting branches–then head over to Scandinavian Deko to see how it all comes together! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Colorful String-Wrapped Branch Wreath!

created at: 11/23/2011

Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing.  Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y’all!     

All you need is an assortment of embroidery floss in your favorite colors and a wreath (they made this one from grapevines but I’ve seen similar ones in craft stores).  Check out the full how-to right here.

created at: 11/23/2011

Meanwhile, let’s talk color.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

 

created at: 05/12/2011

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn’t fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard. Continue Reading