Pencil It In
Coasters with Charisma
Coasters crafted from a sliced branch add organic beauty to any table. They're particularly striking when set against a glass tabletop. Personalize the coasters by burning words into the wood, as in this project from Lisa Loves John, then glue felt discs to the bottom of each coaster to protect furniture from scratches.
A blend of woodsy and modern, this imaginative lighting fixture from The Merry Thought requires little in the way of supplies or time. Bore a long hole through the center of the branch, feed through an extension cord (with the socket end cut off), and attach a light socket to the cut cord. Consider placing one lamp on either side of a bed to turn the room into an enchanted forest.
Paint It White
Painting a piece of natural wood enhances its sculptural form. In this living room, an artful assemblage of stumps creates a unique coffee table—at a bargain of a price. Alicia at Thrifty and Chic picked up the logs for $4 each after a tree was chopped down in her neighborhood.
Art by Nature
Out on a Limb
A lengthy branch can add whimsy to any set of plain curtains. Choose relatively smooth and straight specimens from your backyard, as lifestyle blogger Erin Patrice Carpenter did, and suspend them from rod hooks for a treatment that's easy to switch out down the road—and practically free.
If you're interested in more DIY wood projects, consider:
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