Make This Original Branch Shelf in Minutes

Need a quick, distinctive display shelf? 
Make this twig furniture style shelf from all-natural materials. 
Just cut the supports from branches, screw on a shelf, attach it to the wall and you're done!
Make This Original Branch Shelf in Minutes

Bring a bit of nature indoors with this simple branch-supported shelf.

You’ll have to find two forked branches about 2.5cm in diameter, with one relatively straight side that will sit as flush to the wall as possible.

We trimmed our branches from a crab apple, but you can use any smooth-barked tree. Our shelf is 30cm melamine closet shelving with the ends painted white.

Yours can be any wood you like, but keep the width to 30cm or less.

To make square cuts on the branch ends, create a jig with scrap wood and a 2×4.

Clamp the jig to your workbench.

Then clamp each branch to the 2×4 and use the bottom edge of the jig to guide your cuts (Step 1).

Cut the branches above the crotch where the ends will be wide enough to support the shelf - one near the wall, the other close to the edge.

Clamp the shelf to the jig and trace around the branch.

Drill pilot holes near the bottom of the marks at the front edge of the shelf so the screw tips won’t poke through the branch (Step 2).

Bore countersink holes for the screw heads at the top of the shelf.

Then hold the branches tight to the shelf while screwing them in.

Hold the shelf level while you drill two holes through each branch into the drywall to mark the wall for drywall anchors.

Screw your new shelf to the wall and fill it with your treasures.


Step 1: Cut the branches
Step 1: Cut the branches
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Build a simple jig to hold the branch steady. Cut the ends flush with the end of the jig.

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