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Do it Yourself Holiday

Thrifty Americana Decor Using Branches


Last night we had some CRAY-Z storms roll through, knocking down trees and blowing limbs and leaves every-stinkin-where. Inspiration came for this project as I stood gazing out my window dreading the yard work in my near future. Then it hit me…why do yard work when you can DIY?

Me and my handy man, Linc, went and gathered a few branches. I mean after all, we were getting limbs out of the yard. Two birds, one stone and my boy was happy. Talk about a win-win-win.

Grab a can of your favorite white spray paint and paint your branches.

You can see the downed tree and all the leaves from the storm.
My sweet little helper.

While your sticks are drying, it’s a perfect time to stain your wood craft stars. I’m not sure if that’s the “technical name” or not but you get the gist of it here. Use a basic brush to paint on the stain and dab the excess with a paper towel.

Before stain
After stain

Once your painting and staining are out of the way, it’s time add your wood beads. If you have been following along on the blog you know that I am a HUGE FAN of wood bead projects. They are probably THE best thing to have on hand if you enjoy DIY farmhouse decor. These colors came from a big multi-color set with plenty of colors and sizes to chose from.

I chose to use primitive colors for a patriotic look.

Careful not to burn your fingers…place a dab of hot glue on/in one opening of the bead and “thread” onto the your stick. Repeat with desired variations of color and sizes.

Attach your stained wooden stars to different branched at different heights for a random look.

Style in a cute vase or jar and your adorable little branch decor is complete! How perfect is this for a little splash of patriotic decor? The best part is it can be customized for different seasons or decor.


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