DIY Wood Sculpture

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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Wood Sculpture with easy tutorial at

I had picked up a manzanita branch on a hike with intentions of making it into a jewelry holder but my idea never quite panned out.  I can’t say I’m disappointed because I’m thrilled with my results and the branch is truly the star.

2 - picked manzanita branch

If the branch you use is live like mine, I suggested trimming it down, tying it on a string, and hanging it upside down in a dry spot free from direct sunlight.  I forgot how long I let my branch dry for but it seemed dried out to me!

3 - taking apart wood medallion

The stand is actually part of a decorative wooden medallion I bought.  I loved the piece but could never quite find the right spot for it.  I finally included it as part of a vignette for my entry way but not before prying it off it’s stand (I just gave the thing a good yank and it came off pretty easily).

4 - bit set

5 - drilling hole in manzanita

6 - mounting putty

If you don’t have a spare stand lying around, I suggesting shopping in a craft store’s wood section.  I’d opt for a dowel and some wood base that you could put together.  I drilled a hole a little larger than the diameter of the stand into the center of the branch and ultimately used a combination of poster putty and wood glue to secure the branch to the stand—it’s what I found to work the best!

Wood Sculpture Tutorial at


Wood Sculpture Tutorial at

My wood sculpture has a home on one of the shelves in my newly made over bathroom.

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About Jennifer

Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.

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