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Easy DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches

I’m excited to share this fun project with you today – Easy DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches. I love using natural elements like stones, logs, driftwood and branches as decor in my gardens. I’m lucky enough to have a hubby who is handy and likes to tinker around with these items and make cool things for my gardens.

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Several years ago, he made a chair out of branches from a maple tree we had to cut down. I wasn’t thinking about starting a gardening website back then, so we do not have pictures of the process.

Chair made from maple branches in a flower garden.

It’s super cute, right. Unfortunately, it only lasted a few seasons. However, making me another branch chair is on his Honey Do List.

DIY Maple Twig Chair with Basket of Petunias

In the home we live in now, we have several big old maple and ash trees that are always dropping limbs and branches, so we have a ready supply for projects and bonfires. This is the pile of wood he started with. Please pay no mind to all the weeds and junk, it’s all contained in a neglected, unseen part of the yard.

DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches

I asked hubs if he could make me some type of rustic ladder trellis to lean against the fence for vines to grow on. He said easy and got to work. First we decided how tall we wanted the ladder, and he pulled out two longer branches and cut them to around 6 1/2 feet. Next, he cut the rungs, or the cross pieces. Simply decide the width you want your ladder and go from there.

DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches

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Once he had all the pieces cut, he went about putting the ladder together. To secure everything in place, he used his trusty Bostitch Brad Nailer.  Using a brad nailer made this project super easy, but if you don’t have one, you can use zip ties  wrapped around the branches in a figure 8 fashion to hold the rungs in place. To cover the zip ties, wrap over the zip ties with jute cord to hide them. I loved the first one so much, that he ended up building another branch ladder.

DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches


The finished product turned out so cute and was super easy to build. I love them – they are perfectly imperfect!

DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches

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How to Make a Garden Trellis Using Tree Branches 

The taller tree branch ladder has silver lace vine growing on it.

DIY Garden Trellis Using Branches with Silver Lace Vine

Here’s the other branch ladder used as part of a little vignette in the shade. It has a Cathedral Bells vine growing on it, which will probably never flower because I have it in too much shade.

Easy DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches

I later moved the shorter tree branch ladder and now have a clematis vine growing on it. It looks so sweet.

Image of a Tree branch ladder with clematis vine.

And, a closeup. The brad nails really don’t even show.

Image of a tree branch ladder with clematis vine

After seeing our ladders made from tree branches, our neighbor put together her own creation for vining plants like peas, cucumbers, etc to grow up. If you look closely you can see that she simply used garden twist ties to hold hers together.  I think it’s super cute and just another example of DIY projects you can do with tree branches.

Image of a Garden Trellis made from tree branches

I hope you enjoyed our Easy DIY Garden Decor Using Tree Branches project. Thanks a bunch for stopping by Gingham Gardens.  Are you going to add this to your project list? It really is a very easy and fairly quick garden decor project that adds tons of character to your garden.

Since we have so many tree branches, limbs and sticks to work with, we’ve also made some other fun and projects: Festive DIY Projects Using Tree Branches and Logs and DIY Christmas Crafts Using Twigs.

If you like whimsical garden decor, be sure to check out: Upcycled Vintage Garden DecorGarden Decor (Lots of Creative Ideas for Your Garden) is a fun post too. Oh, and I think you’ll love – Garden Vignettes Using Flea Market Finds.

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Now is the very best time to plan out your gardens, so be sure to check out the post DIY Garden Journal. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Happy gardening,
Joanna

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