My stenciled tree branch apron rack is the first thing I see each morning, cup of coffee in hand, as I walk into my office. It doesn’t just look good, it’s practical too. I recently realized I’d ruined more than a fair share of good clothes while painting. I figured if I had something pretty and fun to wear, I’d be much more inclined to use it and save my clothes.
Earlier this month I shared that I was writing for Royal Design Studio’s blog, Paint and Pattern as a monthly contributor. It’s a huge honor to be included on their team of extremely creative ladies! Each month I get to create something new with their products. I can’t begin to describe how awesome that is! I scour the Royal Design Studio website and about a million…or at the very least, several dozen DIY ideas spin in my head!
I created this birdie stenciled tree branch apron rack and a few aprons for my first contributor post this month.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make a stenciled tree branch apron rack like mine.
- large Birdy Border stencil by Royal Design Studio
- stained wood board cut to 10″ x 24″
- white paint
- Royal Design Studio stencil brush
- painters tape
- 3 coat hooks or branch pieces
- drill with a flat spade drill bit to make holes for the branches (only needed for the branch hook option)
- wood glue
- picture hanging hardware
Begin by stenciling the birdie pattern onto your board and let it dry.
Next, take a spade drill and make holes for the tree branches on your board. A spade drill is a flat looking triangle drill bit with a point on the end 🙂 I made a test hole with each size of spade drill that was close to the branch size I wanted to use. I fit the branch ends in my test holes to see which spade bit to use on my tree branch apron rack.
It’s a good idea to attach your hanging hardware before putting on the branches. The holes I choose were just big enough that I had to gently tap my tree branch sections into each hole. I used a little wood glue in the holes also for added strength. Looks great doesn’t it?
I’m having no problem remembering to put on my cute little birdie aprons when I paint now. They are so fun and cute I almost forget they’re practical too!
If you’d like to see the step by step details of this project, see my Paint and Pattern post.
Not only am I saving my clothes from landing in the “painters clothes” pile, I’ve added something unique to my new office/studio. I’ve been working on redoing my office/studio for a month or so and it’s not ready for the big reveal…yet. But, I can share a little peek of what it’s starting to look like:)
It’s coming together nicely. I spend hours and hours each and every day in this room. I’m working on styling it to be a place that I enjoy walking into in the morning. It’s wonderful to have my own space, one that I can make all my own, especially in a small house!
Two other projects I’ve finished and shared in this new space are my gorgeous turquoise blue metal bakers rack I upcycled, and of course my awesome old world inspired DIY wood shutters you see part of it on the wall in this picture. I also think my DIY coastal whale coat rack would make a great apron holder as well. If you don’t have much wall space, you might prefer a Live Edge Wood Coat Rack. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of my space & the big reveal…hopefully soon!
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I just saw some cute tree branch hooks at Target and thought I needed them! These are even cuter. And I love the aprons too 🙂 Pinned!
How fun Kati, I love the branch motif thats popular now too! I really do use the aprons almost everyday when I’m painting so I needed something to store them. Thanks so much for your visit:)
Eeep!!! (that is me squealing) I love this so much! The stencil is so cute, and I LOVE that you used actual branches instead of hooks. So clever! Thanks for sharing this with Merry Monday!
Tanks so much Emily:) I needed something for my aprons and wanted it to be unique. I loved the idea of the braches and it was pefect with the bird motif.
I love it, great job! And it matches the aprons perfectly!
If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now!
Thanks so much Teresa:) I will try to stop by & thanks so much for your visit!
Just saw this post when I was visiting! Is there any way I could share it on Thistlekeeping? LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy day friend!
Hi KariAnne, Of course you can share this project! It’s one of my favorites..I love tree and twig projects:) I’m a bit envious you have a whole tree to cut up, get creative and decorate with…cut some slices and pop them in the mail to me! Have a fantastic day my friend!
Jennifer Dawn says
What a lovely and unique project. I’m featuring this at our weekly link party! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2015/06/a-little-bird-told-me-weekly-link-party.html
Thank you so very much! I’m honored and hope your readers love it as much as I had fun making it:)
Excited to feature you on A Little Bird Told Me Link Party!
Thank you so very much Allison… That’s great news:) You had several super projects in your linky this week, thanks for selecting mine!
Wendi, this is so clever! However I went to the Royal Design Studio site and could
not find that particular stencil. What is the name of it? Thanks
Hi Joan, The stencil is one of thier border stencils. It’s called the Birdie Border and comes in 2 sizes. I used the large on the branch rack and the small on the aprons. Please let me know if you have any issues finding it at all! Have fun with this project!
Quirky Homemaker says
It turned out very cute! I love the branches idea. Stopping by from Idea Box Thursday Link party. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!
Thank you very much! I loved using something unique and still functional for the hooks. Thank you for your visit:)
Beautiful! I love the stencil and the tree branch pegs. (And the aprons too!)
Thank you so much! I love walking into my office/studio in the morning and seeing it.. plus the pretty aprons are nice to wear!
These branch coat hooks are adorable!
What a lovely idea 🙂
Thank you so much! I loved that they were unique…and free:)
That’s so lovely, the bird stencil is so sweet,
I was just commenting the other day that I have a lot of bird themed things in our garden, ornaments, bird bath, bird feeder etc, I’m wondering how I could use this stencil for a garden based project. Hooks like this for the garden shed would be lovely – thanks for the great inspiration!
Wow! That is a fantastic idea! A pretty hook rack for a garden shed is perfect! So glad I inspired you to create something fun!
I love this, too! I was going to pick it as a Favorite but Laurie beat me to it. Great job!
Thank you for sharing this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
~ Megin of VMG206
Meagin… Thank you so much! & thats too funny you both choose my project! I’m honored! There were several really good projects so thank you again for choosing mine! OX – Wendi
This is really neat! You did such a beautiful job. I’d love to have this in my home. I’ll be featuring your project on the next Brag About It Link Party. Hope you’ll stop in – party will start Monday night at midnight!
Laurie, Thank you so much! It’s fun to create unusual items, and this one hangs in my studio/office so I get to enjoy it each day:)
I love this! So beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing at Tues Talk 🙂
Thank you Keri. I wanted something unusual and fun in my studio. This was both 🙂
[email protected] Interior Frugalista says
I love this idea Wendi – adorable or what!! Congratulations on your monthly contributor to Royal Design Studio opportunity 🙂 Your aprons are so cute too and when not being worn make pretty decor in your new office space.
Marie, Thank you so much! Yes, the new aprons are useful & pretty. I actually look for reasons to put them on now & expect I’ll have a lot less paint clothes now as well!
This is such a cute idea! That apron rack would definitely cost some money at a Hobby Lobby or specialty store. Can’t wait for the big reveal of your office! Looks like it’s coming along nicely
Thank you Morgan:) You’re right and this one was made on budget! I’m excited about finishing the office too & just have a few more things to wrap up!