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Posted by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 4:11 AM
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Ok, heading out of town for a couple of days and doing things ahead of time! :)

Have a great weekend ladies!

Natural Branch Coasters

Making a set of coasters from a fallen tree will allow the beauty of that wood to live on and tell the story in its rings.  This project goes perfectly with the Branch Coat Rack I made a few months ago.

Enamel Dig for Victory Mug and Natural Branch Coasters

It was a sad day when the largest, oldest tree on my street was hacked down and unceremoniously chucked into construction waste bins.  The 50’ Western Red Cedar still had a lot of good years left but got in the way of developers’ dollar signs and no amount of reasoning could sway them.  Neighbours came to say goodbye, walking through the wreckage, collecting a memento or two; tears were shed.  It’s amazing the impact a tree can have and the sense of loss for one treated with so little respect.

I collected a few thick branches to turn into sets of coasters that I will pass onto neighbours who remember their kids climbing those same limbs, many, many years ago.

Recycling Tree Branches into Coasters

The project is simple but it will take some time to cut and sand each piece.  The more time you spend getting them right, the nicer the final product will be.

Materials:

  • Straight branches that are no smaller than 3.5” in diameter
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear Varnish

How to Make Natural Branch Coasters

Staining Natural Branch Coasters DIY project

Directions:

1. Using the saw cut sections of branches that ½” thick.

2.  Sand each section with heavy grit sandpaper, and then use a finer grit to smooth out the surface.  Do not sand the bark on the edges.

3.  Coat front, back, and sides with clear varnish and let dry.  Untreated wood can also look beautiful as it absorbs the drips and condensation from the glasses that sit on it.

Turning tree branches into coasters DIY project

by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 4:11 AM
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4kidz916
by Melissa on Aug. 10, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I like these. 

MistressMinerva
by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Those are cool.

melaniecerise
by on Aug. 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

that is a cute idea. love it

DanielleK21
by on Aug. 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Cute
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BeachLifeMama
by on Aug. 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Great idea.
fineyouguyswin
by on Aug. 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

What a quick and easy idea.

melaniecerise
by on Aug. 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

love it. might try it

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