DIY Rustic Branch Curtain Rods

Posted by Dani on August 8, 2014

DIY branch curtain rod
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.

DIY branch curtain rod

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.

DIY branch curtain rod

These are cheap and easy and take just a few minutes to whip up.

DIY branch curtain rod

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?

birch branches fallen after an ice storm


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.

DIY branch curtain rod

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.

DIY branch curtain rod

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:

DIY branch curtain rod brackets

DIY branch curtain rod bracket

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!

bedroom with natural linen curtains and bedding

DIY branch curtain rod and bracket

27 Responses to “DIY Rustic Branch Curtain Rods”

  1. Holy batman,

    You are waaaaaaay smarter than I am. I didn’t even THINK to cut the back of the branch to make a flat edge. This is like the new and improved version 🙂 LOL

    We painted some of our branches white too, for the inside of the house. That’s a coolio idea to try. It looks rather smashing.

    I LOVE your DIY. Where are the curtains from? Oh la la !

    And the floor. Oh the floor. YUM !!

    Spill it.


    • Dani says:

      Thanks darling Lynne! Good call on the white – I think that’s where my next branch window project should go.

      The curtains are probably the best curtains in the entire planet. You MUST get some one day. They come in the mail, and when you open the package I guarantee you will get little shivers running up and down your arms! The most beautiful linen EVER, you will want to wrap yourself in it and go take a nap in the treehouse! I found them at, who I found through our friend Karen at Run, don’t walk, to that site! (PS they come in white too, which I think might be your fav colour ;))

      The floor is one of those happy accidents. I couldn’t decide on the flooring for that space, so I just stained the subfloor. And then it grew on me, and so it is sticking around. And now you know that stained chipboard looks something like cork 🙂

  2. I adore: You, Lynne, this project and cheese… so the net net is if you had cheese in any way in this post it would have been perfection!!
    The brackets are genius BTW!!!

    • Dani says:

      Ha! I’m a big fan of cheese too. My next post should be on cheese, not DIY curtain rods that you can’t actually eat! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Melissa says:

    love this! the rustic branches look great in contrast to the modern and clean drapes & hooks. Reminds me of Lynne’s treehouse 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Melissa! I’m enjoying having a clean, simple space to sleep in. And they were very easy to make, and free too, which is always my favourite part! Thanks for dropping in 🙂

  4. That looks great!! I think I will shamelessly copy you too, I have a big long rod (well, it’s a dowel) in my bedroom with one of those metal rod holders (what are they called?) in the middle – I think a branch would look sooo much better!

    • Dani says:

      Great idea Heather – copy away! Keep in mind though that this is best if you don’t want to open and close your curtains much. I like to keep my off to the side, so it works here. Plus I don’t always make the most practical decorating decisions!

  5. Jen says:

    Love this! In fact, I might just have to copy it too. I’ve been searching for the perfect curtain rod for our living room…perhaps this is the solution. Lovely.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Jen. It’s a pretty solution for sure – but keep in mind that it’s not the best if you want to open and close your curtains very much. I leave mine to the side, so it works just fine. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Heather says:

    I love this entirely! I am totally going to copy this:)

  7. Danica says:

    These suite this room perfectly! Love the look!

  8. You ladies are genius! Both of you! And what is blogging for other than stealing other people’s ideas – that’s why we put that stuff up here! Lucky you to have such a nice big window in your bedroom – if that was me, I would laze away all day watching the world go by 🙂

    Great job all around Dani … and agree with Lynne on the flooring and drapes!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much Donna! Luckily as bloggers we have so many talented friends to choose from when we need to steal a great idea 😉 And I do really enjoy that window – perfect for lazing!

  9. Tia says:

    Genious! That look so cool. Did you have to dry the branches for long after stripping them?

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Tia. Actually I stripped the branches after they were dry – mainly because they sat beside my garage for months! The bark came off quite easily. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  10. Tia says:

    Derp… I mean genius, of course!

  11. Katie says:

    This looks so pretty! It really brings a lot of character to the room. And I love that it brings a bit of nature in!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Katie. I love that there are so many ways to bring natural elements into your house, and that these days – anything goes!

  12. Wynn Anne says:

    Every time I walk past fallen branches, I think “I should take those home. I’m sure I could do something with them.” Now I have at least one idea!

  13. WOW, how the heck did I miss this??? I love it, what a wonderful way to add nature and originality to a room. Stealing, pinning and sharing!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Laurie! It’s a fast little project – I bet your talented hubby could whip up enough for the whole house in no time!

  14. These look great! What an awesome idea!!!

  15. I love your tree branch curtain rods, but I love the fabulous floor, too! Did you really just stain the subfloor? It looks amazing. Very clever.
    The curtains are beautiful. Great post.

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