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
- 1-in. x 4-in. select pine board
- Work gloves
- Circular saw (You can rent a circular saw from The Home Depot.)
- Drill (You can rent a drill from The Home Depot.)
- Drill bits
- Wood glue
- Square trim screws
- Reciprocating saw (You can rent a reciprocating saw from The Home Depot.)
- Wood filler
- 220-grit sanding block
- Microfiber cloth
- Behr Premium Plus INTERIOR paint (matte finish) in Graphic Charcoal
- Paint brush
- D-ring hangers
- Carpenter’s square
- Rubber gloves
- 6 to 10 Tree limbs
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.
Step 2: Assemble Rectangular Frame
Attach boards together by using your drill to pre-drill holes, then fastening them with wood glue andsquare trim screws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)