Out on a Limb

I’m definitely a collector. While out on hikes or walks I can’t resist picking up rocks and sticks that catch my eye. Poor Brian is usually stuck transporting my finds back home, even if that means carrying a 20-pound rock a mile up an incline so I can maybe turn it into a table top one day (yes, this happened).

Last spring, we were taking a stroll near the Cherry Walk section of the Hudson River Park, enjoying the blooms and warmth of the day. I started spotting some driftwood along a rocky area of the shoreline (who knew the Hudson had such treasures?) and knew I had to have it. I quickly grabbed a piece that seemed to have some interesting character and expected to be on my way. Brian, of course, wanted to know what on earth I was planning to do with it. I had to think fast and ended up telling him that I wanted to use it as a curtain rod (the first thing that popped into my head). And, it worked! He quickly jumped on board and together we found two branches that were straight enough, long enough and pretty enough for us to use for our bedroom windows.

Tree Branch Curtain Rod by somethingwewhippedup.com

Tree Branch Curtain Rod by somethingwewhippedup.com

To hang them, we used iron plant hangers, fastened to the wall upside-down so the large curve could securely cradle the branch. The total cost ended up being less than $15 per rod. You can’t beat that, and we wouldn’t want to!

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SWWU Tip 1: These all-natural rods work best with curtains that have grommets, loops or hooks. Make sure the branches you select are slim enough to fit through the holes.

SWWU Tip 2: Check for critters before you bring the branches home. You’ll also want to select ones that are completely dried out.

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