Salvage Savvy · Nov 25, 2013

How to Make a Hanging Christmas Branch

Christmas is upon us and this is my first DIY idea of the season! Wouldn't this look beautiful hanging over a table or a sideboard or in front of a window, maybe above a door.... oooo, or over a headboard! So many options...

Anyway, here's how you can make one too ( unless you aren't feeling crafty... in that case just come on in to Salvage Savvy and purchase it ;) )

Here's what you'll need:
1. A branch.
2. Spray paint or rub n buff (optional)
2. twiggy floral vine
3. ornaments
4. ribbon
5. bird (preferably fake... it's hard to get the real ones to stay just where you want them ;) )

If you want your branch painted, then use either spray paint or rub n buff for this- I lightly spray painted mine white to look like birch. Natural branches look great too (I guess because God does a pretty good job with nature, doesn't he?!), so just do what makes you happy!

Next you'll want to secure your twiggy stuff on the branch. This is wire-based, so it easily bended to the shape of the branch. I just secured it by wrapping various twigs around the branch.

Next, get out that ribbon and tie it around the branch and twiggy stuff in at least two spots for extra support- leave the strands very long, because these are the ribbons that you'll use to hang it as shown below: I just screw in those little cup hooks to my ceiling at home (this is a drop ceiling so we have special clips). This branch is light, so as long as you select a light branch you'll be fine.

Now... I prefer to do the rest of the assembly while it's already hanging- that way I can see exactly how each ornament looks (plus I just love going up and down a ladder 800 times...).
So now start cutting ribbons and hang each ornament to the length that you like. I loop the ribbon and tie it up on top of the branch. Finally, add your bird! Mine had a wire on the bottom, so I wrapped him to the branch, but if yours doesn't then I suppose you'll want to hot glue him on.

And that's it! Instant festivity for any room...

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