Step 2: Prune A Tree or Go Foraging

If you don't have a tree to prune of your own you could go foraging in the woods for the perfect branch or you could watch around your neighborhood. Chances are in the fall someone will be pruning a tree. Especially oak trees. Ask if you can have a couple of branches. My guess is they would not mind at all!

I happen to have a massive oak tree in my front yard that needed pruning so I sent my husband up on the ladder to get it done and save some good branches in the process! You will want a sturdy branch with a 'V' shape in it. If the branch is flimsy it will get increasingly smaller when you try and wind it with yarn so make sure it's strong.

Choose the branch you want and trim off excess twigs that you don't need or want using pruning sheers or a small hand saw. Use caution when using any trimming tool. They are very sharp and don't care what they cut.....including fingers. If you are doing this project with a child an adult should do the trimming.

Clean branch accordingly if you notice any bird or animal poo. That is not welcome in the finished piece!!
This is a picture of my son with his branch weaving that inspired me to do one on a larger scale! Great project for kids.
<p>Very nice way to remember a large tree or branch that came down during a storm.</p><p>Thanks for sharing.</p>
This will be a perfect project my grandaughters and I can do together . Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
<p>I&quot;ve been looking for a little project ! thankyou !<em>'''</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
<p>beautiful! i'm gonna make one with my son soon!</p>
Try using a bit of sandpaper to smooth the roughness of the branch. Not so much that you remove bark. Then rub the branch with a bit of oil. Gives the wood a warm, finished look.
<p>Wow, this is so cool! I am definitely going to make one to decorate my room! Thanks for sharing :D</p>
<p>I am so putting this on the list of crafts for the next school holidays!!! :D We might start small, though - I have a 6yo &amp; an 8yo who would love this!</p>
this is nice
Thank you.
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Thank you for sharing these instructions on how to prune a tree. I always wanted to learn how to do this. <a href="https://www.arborcare.com/services/tree-and-shrub-care/pruning-shaping-restoration" rel="nofollow">Tree pruning in calgary</a> is very important I have herad. It helps to keep the trees alive in the harsh weather.
Wow! Gorgeous!! I can't wait to try this :)
Thanks. Please share pictures if you make one!
Ooo~ The finished product looks beautiful!
Thank you!
How pretty! I can't wait for my son to be old enough for this craft ;)
Definitely put it on your list of crafts for him when he is old enough. My son started weaving when he was three. He is five now and still loves to weave and has become much better at it!
Congratulations on being a finalist in the fiber arts contest!! Good luck to you!
Hey, thanks!
That's awesome! I never even considered any other way besides over, under, repeat! I love all the different weaves you did :)
Thank you!
ALSO - if you have a big enough branch you're doing this with - I think it would be a really cool cat seat..if you attached it to something else...
I don't have a cat but I agree it would be great for a cat seat. If you did it outside on a tree itself maybe you could get other little creatures that would like it too!
Good job!!! This is so awesome and creative - I love it. The picture of your son is too cute also - he is adorable! I will def. try this when I have time...hopefully it will be soon!
Thank you. He is cute isn't he??!!! I might be a little bias though. :) <br> <br>Definitely try it....maybe with your son. It is a great project for kids if you use a small branch.
This is amazing!
Thank you.
That's pretty cool! I would love to see it done to a branch that's still on the tree. Or maybe the whole tree!
I really wanted to weave on the tree itself but since it has been in the 30s and 40s in my neck of the woods I didn't want to deal with my fingers turning into ice and falling off. As for weaving the entire tree I would be worried it would get too heavy during rain or snow and the smaller branches could snap. <br> <br>Just make sure the trees aren't being harmed and have fun!! :)
Around here there's not much rain or snow to worry about. But I see your point!
OMG! I love this. I'm gonna have to try this one.
Thank you. Post a picture when you finish!!
Wow! This is a great instructable! You made what looks like a very difficult project look quite doable. And it's SO pretty! Thanks
Thanks, it is actually a pretty easy project and fun to do as well!
who want to post instructable &quot;how to make square loom&quot;? (or triangular...) <br>http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Tri-looms-by-Jim-1-Red-Oak-Triangle-and-1-Square-Weaving-Loom-Quilting-Set-/00/s/MTA3MVgxNjAw/$(KGrHqR,!roE+m9I5tHJBQFGeK!!bw~~60_57.JPG
You should ask your question elsewhere.
This is neeto very creative great Ible too !
Thank you, they are very fun to make.

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