1. go into the woods and find a branch
2. if need be, and if one is available, cut the branch with a hacksaw
3. set up shop in your dining room because you're too
4. sand and stain branch
5. wrap in christmas lights
6. hang on wall
7. feel awesome
i wanted some nature in our house and i knew i wanted to use some old sticks but just couldn't figure out what. so for some inspiration, i took the kids for a walk in the woods near the park. they kicked up the leaves and picked up sticks and pretended to be pirates. then, i saw it. this perfect branch. actually, everyone who sees it now calls it a log, but whatever. i knew it would be perfect for a wall project. i immediately had to have it.
i know. it's a freaking log.
i couldn't take it right then and there because it was too big to carry. so out of fear that someone might take my log (yes, i hear what i'm saying) i pushed it off the trail and covered it with leaves.
i went back the next day with the kids... and a hacksaw in my backpack. cue the "mission impossible" theme song.
after it was safely at home, i gave it a week to dry out a bit more and then i got to work.
to the left is my work area (some might say it was our dining room).
so i started sanding and was ready for staining. i borrowed a can of minwax, red oak stain from my dad. it was kind of a toss up as to the color and how it would turn out since it was an unknown species of wood but thankfully, it turned out just the way i wanted.
i found two studs to hang it from and matched up my studs with my branch and after marking it, put in two screws.
i found these super awesome lights by martha stewart. they are on a teeny tiny wire. and i mean wire. not like your typical christmas lights wire. it's super thin and has bulbs that look like a dab of hot glue. best of all they are battery powered. so i needed to hide the battery box in the wood. i didn't have the proper tools to cut a nice rectangle so i went all macgyver and took a drill to it. don't ask. anyway, the result was i went back to my trusty old dad and rasped away to make it all even. i put in two small nails at the bottom of my rectangle so the box wouldn't hit the floor when i hung the branch.
so there it is. my log. my lights. my nature.
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