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Branch Coat Rack Tutorial

This inexpensive and easy weekend project shows you how to create a stylish coat rack with just some branches, paint, and a few tools.

Fallen Branch Coat Rack DIY Project


  • Branches with strong sections of wood that are no smaller than ¾” in diameter
  • Bypass pruners / pruning saw
  • Cedar plank or other raw, natural wood
  • Drill / screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • White latex paint


1. Using the saw of bypass pruners, cut sections of branches that:

a) have a nice shape to make a hook

b) are thick enough in diameter and strong enough to hold coats, etc when mounted

c) have a straight, flat back to lie against the cedar plank when mounted

fallen branches for a DIY home decor project

2. Lay your branches out on your board to get the pattern and look that you like.  If wood is green, then it must dry before you use it.  Place in a warm, dry room until the wood turns brown.

a branch coat rack project

3. Sand the edges of the branches lightly so that there are no sharp edges to snag your stuff.

4. Drill pilot holes in the wood with a thin drill bit, this will help the screw go through the wood without splitting.  It is a good idea to have a few extras as backup though.

making twig branches

5. Add about ¼ cup water to 1 cup of white latex paint in a lidded container (like a large yogurt container) and stir.  Drop each branch into the thinned-out paint, replace lid, and shake until branch is thoroughly coated.  Place on a piece of wax paper or parchment to dry.  Repeat with a second coat for a thicker paint look, although only one coat was used in this project as I like the wood coming through a bit.  Touch up with a brush if necessary.

painting fallen branches

6. Using thin 1 ¼” screws, carefully drill each branch through the pilot hole onto the back board.

twig hook tutorial

7. Mount the coat rack on the wall.

DIY Branch Hooks Tutorial

Thanks for visiting for the weekend project.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk InteriorsFebruary 18,12

    I LOVE this tutorial! What a wonderful idea and photographed to perfection. I’d love to try something similar for the bathroom!

    Shared on FJi Facebook and pinned for SNS 121. :)


    • Stevie
      StevieFebruary 19,12

      Thanks, Donna, that’s high praise coming from you.

  2. Emi
    EmiFebruary 19,12

    I love how it turned out; simple and beautiful! I have to go branch hunting now :)

  3. aimee
    aimeeFebruary 19,12

    this looks amazing, i would love for you to hare it at my party on now at

  4. debbie
    debbieFebruary 19,12

    What a neat project! I love the look.

  5. Karla
    KarlaFebruary 19,12

    What an awesome tutorial. I love this! :)

  6. Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Cathy@My1929CharmerFebruary 19,12

    This is so cool, and how incredibly inexpensive. I just found you blog through Nifty Thrifty, and you are very creative. Also enjoyed your post on seed starting. My fingers are crossed that you will share this at Sunday’s Best going on now.

  7. Linda
    LindaFebruary 19,12

    I’ve seen this done elsewhere. I like your version the best. Best wishes, Linda

  8. Kristin
    KristinFebruary 19,12

    Very clever! I really love this!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Home!

  9. Renee & Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor
    Renee & Rustic Crafts & Chic DecorFebruary 20,12

    I love this project!!
    I just started a brand new themed link party just for rustic or shabby chic crafts and decorating projects. I would love to have you share this –

  10. Debbie {visual eye candy}
    Debbie {visual eye candy}February 20,12

    Okay! These are amazing!!! The end result is fantastic.

  11. Norma Chang
    Norma ChangFebruary 20,12

    Clever idea. Practical and looks gorgeous.

  12. Samm Spangler
    Samm SpanglerFebruary 20,12

    This. is. adorable!!!

    Seriously! Im obsessed! Great idea!


  13. maryhysong
    maryhysongFebruary 20,12

    what a great project! I’ll be sharing for sure!

  14. Kelly @ Notable Nest
    Kelly @ Notable NestFebruary 20,12

    How cute and “natural” is this! Just love it!!

    • Stevie
      StevieFebruary 20,12

      thank you thank you thank you all for the kind comments. I hope that you can try the project too. I would love to see the results too!

  15. Jennie-Team Dean
    Jennie-Team DeanFebruary 20,12

    such a great idea…i “pined it”! now i just have to wait til my neighbor cuts down the tree that needs to go and convince him to save the branches for me. :)

  16. Christi Lynn
    Christi LynnFebruary 20,12

    wow! I love this more than you even know!! Thanks you! I will be trying this.

  17. Shelby
    ShelbyFebruary 21,12

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful project. I did something similar with a single branch, but I love the idea of mounting the little pieces this way to create multiple hooks!

  18. kim
    kimFebruary 21,12

    This is wonderful, just love it!

  19. Laurel@chippingwithcharm
    Laurel@chippingwithcharmFebruary 21,12

    Love it…very cute and clever! Laurel

  20. Kirsten
    KirstenFebruary 21,12

    What a brilliant, unique idea! My backyard is all woods. I’m thinking about creating something similar! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Amy
    AmyFebruary 21,12

    I’ll go out on a limb and say, this is about the cutest coat rack I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Iffy aka Cameron
    Iffy aka CameronFebruary 21,12

    These looks awesome! I just finished a stick project & am hooked =D I would LOVE for you to link this up to My Favorite Things Party going on all week! Stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday Party. I hope you will stop by & link up!
    Much love,

  23. Janet
    JanetFebruary 21,12

    Using branches as hooks is so creative and inexpensive–great idea! It looks so amazing! Thanks for the tutorial.

  24. Tracy Marcello
    Tracy MarcelloFebruary 21,12

    So cute! Found you on Vintage Wanna Bee, hi! :)

  25. Cameron
    CameronFebruary 21,12

    Pinned this to make soon – we have a river birch that sheds like a cat, and the branches are perfectly smooth and strong – perfect for this project! Thanks!

  26. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 21,12

    thanks for all the great feedback, everyone. I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

  27. Sarah
    SarahFebruary 22,12

    This is beyond cool! Loving it!

  28. Jazmine
    JazmineFebruary 23,12

    This is such a great idea! Visiting from Delightful Order!

  29. carol@thedesignpages
    carol@thedesignpagesFebruary 23,12

    Stevie, I am so glad I found your blog through your garden transformation. I love this idea and am happy following along now:)

  30. twiggy
    twiggyFebruary 23,12

    so amazing. i’ll be pinning this for sure!!

  31. Honey
    HoneyFebruary 23,12

    Great project, Stevie! What imagination and creativity your have! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  32. Beverly {Flamingo Toes}
    Beverly {Flamingo Toes}February 24,12

    This is so great!! I love the rustic look and that you painted the branches! Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays – I featured you today!

  33. ButtercreamSewingMachine
    ButtercreamSewingMachineFebruary 24,12

    I love this idea! It turned out great – and is so unique! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Donata
    DonataFebruary 26,12

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Very cute :)

  35. Lorraine
    LorraineFebruary 26,12

    A really awesome project! It looks great and is so functional :)

    Thank you for sharing!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  36. aimee
    aimeeFebruary 26,12

    i featured you this week pop over and grab a button from my side bar

  37. Christine
    ChristineFebruary 26,12

    Sooooo UNIQUE!!!!! This would look GREAT at my place!

    I hope you’ll come over to The DIY Dreamer and share it :)

  38. Beth F.
    Beth F.February 26,12

    I love it, thanks for sharing!

  39. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.February 26,12

    This is so much fun! Thanks for joining us!

  40. Dan The Gardener
    Dan The GardenerMarch 1,12

    Such a detailed post. I really admire it! Thanks for sharing this informative post. I’ve learned a lot of new stuff from you. Thanks :-)

  41. Rachel
    RachelMarch 29,12

    That’s sooo pretty and so perfect for my hallway! Thanks tons for sharing! I would also LOVE to link to this if you didn’t mind!

  42. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk InteriorsAugust 19,12

    There it is! I adore this project and so glad you relinked it up!

    Shared all over the land for SNS 148. :)

  43. rose hoven
    rose hovenOctober 3,12

    I love this idea!!. my daughter needs a necklass hanger, think I will modifiy it a bit!!

  44. Steffen
    SteffenJuly 17,13

    I enjoy looking through an article that can make men
    and women think. Also, many thanks for allowing for
    me to comment!

  45. Sheryl at Providence Acres
    Sheryl at Providence AcresFebruary 18,14

    I love the rustic look of this coat rack! Birth branches would look good too.

  46. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    Katie @ Upcycled TreasuresFebruary 19,14

    I adore this project, it’s right up my alley! Pinned :)
    -Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  47. Carolyn
    CarolynApril 3,14

    I love this idea, but I think I would prefer it unpainted. Do you think the branches would need to be sealed somehow in that case?

  48. Stephanie
    StephanieApril 3,14

    Hi Carolyn, I suppose it depends on if the branches you are using have sap. I would say that a coat of wood sealer wouldn’t hurt.

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