Looking for an easy fall DIY for your home? These wood slice branches are so simple and a great way to decorate for the change of seasons.
I can’t believe I figured it out.
Just between us? I’m kind of all about myself right now.
Do you ever have a moment like that?
It all started several years ago when I decorated the house for fall and I used a set of wood slice branches in a vase. There were so many e-mails and comments about them. And every year I get TONS of questions about them.
In sad news, I actually got them years ago from one of the big box stores and I’ve never been able to find them again. I’ve Googled them and searched high and low at local stores and online. They’ve never made a reappearance.
Because I DIY’d them. Yep. I researched and found the branches that we needed and the wood slices that I made and recreated them for all of us so we could decorate for winter together.
If you’ve ever wanted a simple, easy DIY for your fall home, this is the one. I shared it last year and it was one of my most popular posts ever. So I wanted to show you how I decorated with them this year, too.
Wait until you see what I made with these wood slices.
It’s SO CUTE.
Winter Decor DIY: Wood Slice Branches
Joy (because this is such an easy craft)
The project really begins and ends with these wood branches.
These were the key.
I tried wrapping regular branches with floral tape it was too glumpy.
I tried wrapping wire around regular branches and they weren’t flexible enough.
The secret? These branches. They look like branches from the yard except they are actually made of wire. They have tons of little mini branches coming off of them that are all wire, too. The surface of the branch is super realistic and made it the perfect solution for this craft.
They come in tons of colors, but I like the darker branches best because they look like I just picked them up from the yard. The branches would be great for tons of different crafts for spring, too. There are 10 branches in a set and I used seven of them for this project.
Next, I used these wood slices.
If you have wood slices at home, you want to make sure they are between 1.5 to 2 inches. If they are any larger than that the wood slices are almost too heavy for the branches.
I also ordered this set that are pre-drilled with this tiny hole at the top. It saved so much time on this end from having to drill holes in each one. The wood slices came in a set of 50 and I wish I would have ordered two sets. I’m going to order another set to make the branches even more “wood slicey.”
Step one: separate the branches
Now the rest was so easy. You have all the supplies, now you just need about 10 minutes for the entire craft.
Start by separating these wire branches. I took each of the branches and separated the ends.
When I was finished they looked like this.
Step two: add wood slices on the end of the branch
Simply thread a wood slice onto each of the separated wire branches.
Pull about four inches onto the branch.
Step three: twist the wire
Then, just twist the ends of the wire branches together.
Twist the wire together as shown until the wood slice is secured onto the branch.
You can use small needle nose pliers for this, but I just used my fingers.
Step 4: Repeat for other branches
You are almost there.
All that’s left is to repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 with all the rest of the limbs on the branch.
Then, when you finish with one branch, go ahead and add more wood slices to another branch.
The best thing about these stems is that you can bend them any way you want to when creating your arrangement. They work perfectly in this basket on the back door.
I added in small orange stems and the wood slices.
When Christmas rolls around, I’m going to take out the fall stems and add evergreens.
I also added them to the corner of the family room in a white vase that Westleigh made for me years ago in art class.
I layered them in with these neutral fall stems I got years ago (here are some that are super similar). The wood slices have the perfect amount of texture and a little bit of out-of-the-ordinary fall decor.
I loved them even more when I pulled them out this year.
And the best part?
It’s such an easy DIY that works from now until the last snowflake falls.
I’m so happy I figured it out.
And it proves that where there’s a will there’s a way.
Especially for a determined DIY’er. 🙂
PS I’m going to be sharing tons more fall decorating ideas this week. Stay tuned. 🙂
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