Decorating with Branches : 15 Stylish Ideas & Projects

I love including nature in my decor, and I’m always looking for unique decorating ideas that you don’t find in every other house on the block… Enter branches! Decorating with branches is a stroke of pure genius. They have amazing texture, are a natural sculpture, and allow us to bring the beauty of nature into our homes without getting cutesy. They work equally well in modern homes as they do in a traditional or rustic home, and sometimes they are even free! Throw in the benefit of the up-cycling element, and I think we have a winner in the decor arena! So we found you some great inspiration for branch decor, and a couple of DIY projects to boot!



Decorating with Branches


Lighted Tree Branch Decor

This DIY branch ladder by ‘Pikidilly‘ is an easy to follow tutorial. Decorating with branches is an easy pick when the decor looks like this! You could use this ladder to display blankets, as a towel rack in a rustic bath, or just wrapped in globe lights like they have it here. Very Boho chic!


Learn to make this super easy lighted branch decor from ‘Food52‘. They used copper wired LED string lights and wrapped their branches. (They show you the tricks!) Then they used it as the perfect entertaining accent!


Kollobora‘ has a complete tutorial on how to make this lighted branches room divider from ‘Mark Montano’… there’s even video! This would be an amazing piece for a small home… Aren’t we always looking for creative ways to divide space?


From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, this is an idea using branch decor  behind the bed, and is from a home tour in Seattle. I’ve had beds on the diagonal like that, and it’s always a problem figuring out how to fill that awkward empty space. Great idea, and I love the texture. The lights are simply pendant kits from the home improvement store.



Also from ‘Apartment Therapy‘, take this branch decor project one step further and make your own DIY tree branch floor lamp!


Branch Chandeliers

Make this tree branch chandelier with this tutorial from ‘Mama is Dreaming‘! Remember to always choose LED lights when working with flammable materials like this!


Get inspired with this branch chandelier from ‘Ruffled‘. This one is so special, it was used at a wedding! Instead of using electric lights, they simply hung votives on the branches. Remember, safety first! And you can always use LED votives!


We found this branch chandelier at ‘Olive and Cocoa‘, but there is no tutorial… We are figuring with some thin floral wire you could create a wreath shape, then use ribbon to hang. Add hanging votive holders, and voila!



Decor 8‘ has a full tutorial for their version of a branch chandelier. This is a really inexpensive and unique bit of branch decor, love it! Also, pay attention to her safety tips, they are smart!


More Branch Decor Ideas

Damask Love‘ created this fresh and pretty little home accent with wood beads and a manzanita branch. By the way, if you really want to start decorating with branches, but don’t have any access to them… they sell them at craft stores and online at places like Save-On Crafts.


From ‘Shades of Blue Interiors’ via ‘EHow‘ is this awesome DIY branch decor wall art! You could use this just about anywhere, from a nursery to a living room space. And BTW, it doesn’t have to be pink! (But we love pink!)


This tree branch decor is nothing more than a dead tree set into concrete. It’s an easy project, and a very cool idea for decorating with branches without spending a lot of money! From Sarah at ‘Tomfo‘.


Learn how to make iced branches from Dana at ‘Make Them Wonder‘… These would be amazing where they might get lit from behind at night.



Tracie at ‘Cleverly Inspired‘ used a garage sale frame and some twigs to create one of a kind branch wall art! Easy tutorial…



This master bedroom from ‘Jen Loves Kev‘ is another behind the bed branch decor idea… what an easy idea to add character to a rental home where you can’t paint!


We hope you got really inspired by our post on Decorating with Branches! We think you will also love our posts, Step on It: DIY Area Rugs and DIY Roman Shades! And also check out DIY Blanket Ladders over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Lourdes
    November 8, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Muchas gracias from Spain! your work is beautiful! xx

  2. Diane Torres
    October 22, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Harry Lauders Walking Stick (in the Filbert family) twisted corkscrew branches. I grow it for winter interest, uplighted against the house. The branches make for fabulous projects or simply fillers in a vase with cut flowers.

  3. antonia
    June 28, 2017 / 1:26 am

    Hi Kathy! Loved your designs. I was just wondering if you did anything to ensure that the branches don’t rot? Thanks!

    • Kathy Woodard
      July 3, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      We don’t when using branches, but we live in a very low humidity area… I would think you could spray them with a clear sealer if you felt they needed more protection!

  4. H
    February 11, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Absolutey beautiful

  5. Chey
    July 31, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Wow….. all beautifully creative….. and inspiring! Thank you.

  6. PWood
    April 23, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Love it

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