Mother Earth Living

Try This: Branching Out: Natural Wood Door and Window Hangings

Bring the outdoors to your home.

This curtain celebrates wood grain, one of nature’s loveliest graphic designs.
Susan Wasinger
Step 1: Collect 6 or 7 branches, each about 3 feet long and a few inches thick. They're easier to slice when slightly green.
Susan Wasinger
Step 4: Cut a piece of 60-pound test fishing line to the height of your door or window frame, leaving about 10 inches to spare. Tie a double- or triple-knot at one end, and begin threading wood beads onto the line. We alternated strings with a pattern of 4 beads onto the line. We alternated strings with a pattern of 4 beads together and strings with a pattern of 2-1-2, but you can use any pattern that pleases you.
Susan Wasinger
Step 2: Protect your hands with work gloves and use pruning shears, a lopping tool or a saw to slice the branches into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch-thick pieces, or "beads." Your final count will vary depending on the height and width of the doorway or window you wish to adorn, bu a standard doorway requires 20 to 30 beads.
Susan Wasinger
Step 3: Either in a vise, a pair of adjustmentable "lockjaw" pliers or very carefully with gloved hands, hold each piece on edge and drill a hole straight through with an 1/8-inch bit.
Susan Wasinger
Step 5: Tie a double-knot below each cluster to secure them in place. String beads to your desired length, then knot a loop in the end of the fishing line to fit over the curtain rod you will use to hang your creation.
Susan Wasinger

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