The best thing about blogging is all the great blogging friends you make. Talented, inspiring women, the kind of people who can find a tree branch in their backyard and whip up a new curtain rod, all before they have finished their first coffee of the day.
And the next best thing about blogging is that you get to shamelessly steal their ideas. Like a branch curtain rod, for example.
The inspiring woman I stole this idea from is my friend Lynne Knowlton, who whipped up a few of these one day, probably while holding a latte in one hand. She also whipped up a tree house to match the curtain rods, but I haven’t stolen that idea yet. I figure I’ll do the curtain rods first, and worry about the breath-taking, jaw-dropping treehouse later.
These are cheap and easy and take just a few minutes to whip up.
I first decided to make these when I found these gorgeous birch branches that came down in the ice storm this year. What could be nicer than white birch curtain rods, right?
Once we got these up on the wall, they looked like the kind of curtain rods you might find in a haunted house – gnarly, crooked, and a little spooky. Or maybe the kind of curtain rods your husband would hang his pelts up to dry from if he were a fur trapper. That wasn’t the kind of look I was going for.
The key here is that the branches have to be fairly straight, especially for a long run like this one. Any crooked sections are really emphasized. I think for a small window, though, you could probably get away with a little more unevenness.
I ended up using some ash saplings from the cottage. I needed about 14’ in total, and any branch that long was really a small tree, which became too thick at one end. My solution was to use two branches and overlap them in the middle. I think it works.
I used the birch to make the brackets, and you can see how I cut them here:
I sawed the back half off to create a flat side, and drilled 2 holes for mounting screws. Easy!
So you too now can shamelessly copy me. And feel free to come back in a few days for something else you can shamelessly copy. We always love when that happens!