One of our wonderful contributors, Anu, from Nalle’s House is back with a project that I’m goo-goo over! Her DIY Birch Branch Hooks are uber cool and uber free. They feel so festive yet can really be left up all year long and be cool looking and functional! Take it away Anu…
Today I’m so excited to share a project that is a nod to my Finnish background and the few years I spent living there as a child. These diy birch branch hooks are something that Finns have used for ages. They’re often used in rustic cottage saunas. When I decided I wanted to add some hooks to our kitchen chalkboard, I remembered these branch hooks. I chose Birch since it is a tree that is very common in Finland and would be perfect for our Scandinavian modern style. A nice bonus to these hooks is that they were totally free as I used fallen branches that I found on a hike. I am so pleased with how these hooks turned out!
Here’s a look at the corner of the kitchen where the hooks were mounted to our chalkboard. Please don’t mind the white light switches. I’m still waiting for black replacement ones to arrive. 🙂 I love that the hooks allow my chalkboard function as an organizer as well.
Here are the hooks up close. The thin branches that grow from a thicker branch are the perfect size for hooks.
Here are the hooks in action. I use them to hang tea towels and bibs.
DIY Branch Hooks
Here’s how I made these hooks with the help of my handy hubby:
1) Gather your supplies:
- branches that are all similar in thickness
- drywall screws (two per hook) – I chose black screws so that they went well with our chalkboard wall and the darker tones in the bark
- power tools: table saw, mitre saw, drill
2) Select a few sections of your branches that have a nice sized smaller branch to use for the hook. With a mitre saw, cut your selected sections a little longer than the size you would like your hook base to be. Then cut your branch section in half lengthwise with a table saw. This should result in one side of the branch that is flat for mounting against a wall.
3) Trim the hook bases so that they are all the about the same length using a mitre saw. Also trim the thin branch portions to be the desired length for the hook portion. For this cut, you may want to use a small hand saw.
4) To drill the holes for mounting the hooks: drill a hole at the top and bottom of the base the size of your screw.
5) To create a spot to countersink your screw, drill a short distance with a bit the size of your screw head (i.e., drill just deep enough so that the screw head will sit flush with the branch bark when the hook is screwed into the wall).
6) Now you’re ready to mount your hooks into the wall. You may need to use anchors that are designed for the wall/medium you are mounting the hooks to.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these birch branch hooks and that the next time you see a fallen branch this DIY will give you a new idea for repurposing it! 🙂
P.S. You can see more of my DIY projects at Nalle’s House!
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