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Turn a Tree Branch into a Window Treatment

You can make a cute, cheap window treatment out of a tree branch.  It's not as weird as it sounds.  See for yourself!  It's actually pretty cute!



All you need is a large tree branch, some brackets, a long piece of fabric to drape around the branch, and if you'd like, some dried flowers and ribbon to decorate it.

To figure out how long of a branch you'll need, just measure the width of your window/s.  I found my branch at our city's municipal garage, where they take yard waste.  Alternatively, if you live in a wooded area, you will probably have an abundance of fallen branches that you can choose from. 

I cut the branch to the width of my windows, and broke off all the small twigs.  Then, I installed the brackets.  You can use drapery brackets if you'd like, but I actually used shelf brackets because I already had some.  I centered the branch on the shelf brackets, and since they're flat, I secured the branch with some wire so it wouldn't fall off.  I'd imagine that if you used actual drapery brackets, that wouldn't be necessary.

Once I had the branch up, I added the fabric.  To figure out how long my fabric needed to be, I took the width of my windows, and multiplied by three.  I then draped the fabric over the branch, and arranged it to my taste. 

After I had the fabric in place, I thought it looked a little plain, so I decided to add some dried flowers and ribbon as accents:


I used ribbon to make a bow, pine cones, dried leaves, dried flowers, and the dried roots of a plant for these little arrangements.

Tie-top curtains would also look very cute hanging on a tree branch, as would beads.  Painting the tree branch would also add a little something special to this inexpensive window treatment.

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