Stuffed Animal Shelves From Branches

DIY Branch Swing Shelves

In addition to working on garden projects outside, I often find myself bringing the outdoors in. Whether it’s through terrariums, coat racks, or coasters, the garden provides much inspiration for indoor decor. Given my evident dedication to all things nature, it wasn’t much of  leap for me to choose a woodland theme to decorate the nursery.How to Make Branch Swing Shelves

I went all out with a variety of fun projects because I’m well aware that very soon there won’t be nearly as much time on my hands. The first project was to create shelves, or swings, out of branches for all the stuffed toys. This was a fairly simple project, at a very low cost, that looks like a million bucks!Bear on Branch Swing ShelfBlue Bear on Branch Swing for Nursery Decor

Want to make your own? Here’s how:Stuffed Animal Shelves for Kids Rooms


  • 1 1/2″  – 2″ diameter branches
  • Hand saw
  • Electric drill with various size bits
  • Solid 5/8″ braided rope
  • Masking tape
  • Screws


  1. Choose branches that are fairly straight and even in diameter and cut the ends with a hand saw to the desired length. It’s best that you choose dry wood for this project, so if you collect some fresh branches, let them dry first. Two of my branches came from this tool box kit that I bought from Funky Junk Donna and the other is a piece of driftwood.Branch Swing Shelf DIY project Step 1
  2. Using a small drill bit, drill a pilot hole through both ends of the branch, about 2″ from the end.Branch Swing Shelf DIY project Step 2
  3. Using a larger drill bit, drill a larger hole through the end where you made your pilot hole. Keep making the hole larger until you have enough space for your rope to feed through.Branch Swing Shelf DIY project Step 3
  4. Cut the rope to the length that you want to hang the swing, then add about 14″ to accommodate for the knots at the ends. Wrap masking tape around the end of the rope to prevent fraying and allow you to smoothly feed the rope through the branch.Branch Swing Shelf DIY project Step 4
  5. Thread two lengths of rope through both sides the branch and tie the ends in knots.
  6. To hang, insert screws through the top knots and use the drill to secure them into the wall near the ceiling or mouldings. Please note that while they are screwed into the wall, they are only held by a knot in the rope. If you pull on one it will come down. If you are securing these to walls where there are young children, ensure that they will break away with a little force. I don’t intend for mine to hold anything heavy, so if a little person grasps on, they are going to release from the wall.
  7. Adjust the height and level of the swings by adjusting the bottom knots until you are happy with the look. Remove masking tape and fray the ends of the rope a little.DIY Branch Swing Shelves
  8. Style branch swings by hanging stuffed toys, hats, clothes, books, magazines, or artwork. Personalizing and changing the swings will keep them fun and fresh.Stuffed Animal Shelves for Nursery


A Note on Safety

As with any DIY project you have to use your own judgement on what is right for you and the safety of your family. What’s right for a room in our house may not be for yours, but in the event that you want to add these cute branch swings to your decor, please note the safety precautions that we have taken to make sure they are not dangerous.

This project was created in the nursery for a baby boy that has not yet arrived and we will have lots of time yet to baby proof the room.  I decorated this room for me this round but soon our boy will have it filled with trucks and trains and the boring woodland creatures will probably get boxed up. Once the little monkey starts to climb and explore, then that’s when the branch swings will get packed up with the animals.

In the meantime, I just love them and think that the room is a peaceful space that is perfect to welcome our little one. 

Want to see the rest of the room? Check out the Urban Walls blog for the full woodland nursery reveal!

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

  1. Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs
    Meesh @ I Dream of ChairsJune 24,13

    So cute! The little leaf decals on the wall are the perfect detail!

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 24,13

    Thanks, Meesh! Just wait…the rest of the reveal will come when Urban Walls blogs about the decals. I can’t wait to show off the whole room!

  3. Beth@Unskinny Boppy
    Beth@Unskinny BoppyJune 24,13

    They really are cute, and I hesitate to say this because I am typically not one to post anything negative on another blogger’s post, but I cannot help myself here.

    When I was 4 years old I nearly died from strangulation on a rope swing that was made from a broom handle like these. It was hanging from a tree, and I had to stand on a milk crate to reach it. I climbed up on the crate and held onto the bar and started swinging, only to kick the milk crate out from underneath me which left me hanging in mid air. I didn’t have enough arm strength to pull myself up so I was hung by my chin/ neck area. Thank goodness my grandfather was watching me from across the yard and came running to save me. I can still remember not being able to breathe, and kicking my feet trying to get off the bar.

    Please, please reconsider using these in a nursery where your babies will be left unsupervised for naps. At the very least, don’t screw them into the wall- find a way to allow them to break free from the wall if any weight gets applied to them.

  4. Victoria @ TFPC
    Victoria @ TFPCJune 24,13

    Adorable Stephanie!! {Almost} makes me want to decorate a nursery again ;-)

  5. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 24,13

    Hi Beth, I suppose I should have written something in the post about this because I certainly did think about it. First of all this is in the nursery for a baby boy that has not yet arrived…so we will have lots of time yet to baby proof the room. Second, we have really nice high ceilings and these are quite high off the ground. When he moves into the room, the couch/bed will no longer be there as we will move it to the guest room. And third, they are screwed into the wall but held on by a knot in the rope, if you pull on one it will come down – I have tried it.

    It is a great warning for anyone making these swings to make sure there are precautions (as with anything you make or buy for your home) and I’ll update the post to discuss what I have done to ensure it’s safe.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to spread the warning, and I’m very glad that your grandfather was there that day to help you out!!

  6. Beth@Unskinny Boppy
    Beth@Unskinny BoppyJune 24,13

    Thank you Stephanie! That definitely makes me feel better! Again, I do think it’s a very cute idea, but it needs a warning label for all the pinterest repins it’s bound to get. :)

  7. Raluca | WhatWouldGwynethDo
    Raluca | WhatWouldGwynethDoJune 24,13

    Love this so much! Genius idea!

  8. Nicole
    NicoleJune 25,13

    I love how they turned out. Every boy should have a swinging moose! I Can’t wait to see the whole room:)

  9. Priscilla Prince
    Priscilla PrinceJune 28,13

    Awww your branch swing shelves are adorable! It has been a while since I visited other blogs. I’ve been so busy with our new baby girl. I didn’t know you were having a baby. Congrats, that’s awesome! Is he your first? Babies are a lot of work but so worth it and very rewarding. I can’t wait for my little girl to garden with me. When are you due? :)

  10. Julie
    JulieJune 28,13

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE them. My granddaughter is 11 and has so many stuffed animals her mother doesn’t know what to do with them. I just found the solution. Going to put two or three branches on the ropes and make a ton of them.
    Thank you so much for sharing

  11. Gypsy Wools
    Gypsy WoolsJuly 3,13

    These are so cute and simple to make, love it! Plus my daughter would love these they go with her fantasy forest themed room. It would be great to get a bunch of her stuffed animals off the floor too!

  12. Tricia
    TriciaAugust 28,13

    Just wanted to let you know that I just showed this room to my almost 6 year old son and he loved it so you might get to enjoy it longer than you think.

  13. Leslie
    LeslieSeptember 29,13

    LOVE this. Cutest coolest idea I’ve seen in a long time. Thank you, can’t wait to do this!

  14. Lynn Coulter
    Lynn CoulterSeptember 15,14

    What a great idea! We’re pinning it to The Home Depot Garden Club Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing it!

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    SuzanMarch 21,15

    Oh my gosh – this is just gorgeous !
    I may incorporate some of these in my trees outside even – just love them – thanks so much for sharing
    Off to pin !

  22. Sara
    SaraMay 3,15

    Are you able to tell me where you got that moose stuffed animal from? I absolutely adore it! Want to create this exact scene in my nephew’s bedroom.

    Any info about the moose would be greatly appreciated!

  23. Stephanie
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    Hi Sara, It’s a Gund doll called Mooselet and it came with a Canadian sweater (that comes off). He’s adorable isn’t he? I’d love to see photos when you are finished the room!


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