By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.
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.
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!
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).
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!
My wood sculpture has a home on one of the shelves in my newly made over bathroom.