Turn a Branch Into a Towel Rack

2 Materials
$4
1 Hour

You don't need to spend a lot of money on a towel rack, it's easy to make one from an old branch. Here's how we made this one.
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All you need is a sturdy curved branch and some curtain accessories similar to the one shown in the picture below. It's the bits you screw into the wall that keep the curtain rod up.
how to turn a branch into a towel rack, bathroom ideas, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
Then we used a blunt knife to deflake the branch. The branch we found was quite rough and I didn't want it to hook the towels. Once all the bark had been removed I took some sand paper and sanded any left over rough bits. It took quite a bit of sanding until it was nice a smooth and we had to saw off a few more knobs and bumps as we went along.
Once we were happy we stained and sealed the branch with a exterior wood sealer and drilled some holes on either end.
how to turn a branch into a towel rack, bathroom ideas, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
We cut the bit where the curtain rail goes into off and pushed the spiky bit into the holes we'd drilled earlier and the towel rack was ready.
how to turn a branch into a towel rack, bathroom ideas, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
For step by step instructions and tips, come say hi on the blog.

Suggested materials:

  • A branch  (The garden)
  • Curtain Accessories  (Local hardware store)
A Crafty Mix - Michelle

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1 question
  • Tracy
    on Jan 29, 2019

    What wood sealer did you use and what was the finish like with it?

    • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
      on Jan 30, 2019

      Hi Tracy, we used a clear, matt marine varnish to seal the branch. Since the it's matt you don't even notice it's there. It does take a little while to cure completely though

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  • Joanie
    on Jan 27, 2019

    This is where it all began........WOOD......it is amazin' what we can do with it in these days........from fallen branches to loggin' ......jobs and makin' furniture.....great idea, btw......ya gave that little branch a home and a use for something.

    • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
      on Feb 3, 2019

       I sooooooo agree with you Joanie. There's something incredibly special about. Every single piece tells a different story

  • Donna
    on Feb 3, 2019

    We live on 17+ acres. Over 1/2 is made up of trees, mainly pine, sweet gum, some cedar & oak. I would like to see more items made of branches, etc.

    Thanks. Very good post!

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