DIY Branch Shelf

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DIY Branch Shelf

A truly great gift is one that makes the recipient’s life easier and is used on a daily basis. This DIY branch shelf can do both of those things, and look good while doing them.

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make this woodsy, minimalist coat rack for you OR someone on your Christmas gift list.


How to Make This DIY Branch Shelf

Materials Needed for DIY Branch Shelf

Materials Needed


Step 1: Measure, Mark & Cut Wood

Measure, mark and cut 1-in. x 4-in. select pine using a circular saw. Cut two pieces to 16 inches long and two pieces to 28 inches long.

NOTE: When cutting wood, always clamp it down to a stable work surface. Wear safety glasses, ear plugs and work gloves as your tools require.

DIY Branch Shelf

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 2: Assemble Rectangular Frame

Attach boards together by using your drill to pre-drill holes, then fastening them with wood glue and square trim screws.

DIY Branch Shelf

DIY Branch Shelf

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 3: Prepare Limbs for Trimming

Set your gathered limbs on a flat surface and place the frame on top. Mark excess along the top and bottom so you’ll know where to trim the limbs.

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 4: Trim Limbs to Size

Clamp the limbs down on your work table, then using the reciprocating saw, trim the limbs to the correct size.

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 5: Secure Limbs within Frame

Next, using your drill, fasten each limb inside the frame with a square trim screw at the top and bottom. Go slowly so you don’t split the limbs by drilling off-center or too fast.

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 6: Wood Fill and Sand Frame

Once all limbs are secured within the frame, use wood filler to fill the holes and allow to dry. Once dry, smooth out with a 220-grit sanding block and wipe away any dust with a microfiber cloth.

DIY Branch Shelf

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 7: Paint It Gray

Using Behr Premium Plus INTERIOR paint (matte finish) in Graphic Charcoal, paint both the rectangular frame and the limbs.

Allow them to dry. The dry time varies depending on environment.

DIY Branch Shelf


Step 8: Attach Hanging Hardware

Using a drill, attach the D-ring hangers with supplied screws on either side of the frame of the DIY branch shelf for easy hanging.

DIY Branch Shelf


Now, you can go ahead and use your DIY branch shelf for hanging coats, hats and decorative items. (During the Christmas holidays, that would, of course, include Christmas ornaments!)

DIY Branch Shelf

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