The Ultimate Unique Branch Decor Quiz

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The Ultimate Unique Branch Decor Quiz
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About This Quiz

Are you looking for new and simple ways to decorate your home? It can't be easier than unique branch decor. Using branches from your backyard or local woods brings both nature and elegance into your home. If you would like to know more about designing your own unique branch decor, this is the quiz for you.
You have decided that you would like to use some stripped branches as a natural decor piece for your home. Where should you begin?
Cut down your garden trees.
Walk outside.
Go for a walk outside and see if you can find branches or twigs that you can use.
Clean your house.

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What sort of branches should you look for?
straight branches
thick branches
branches that have interesting angles
Try and find branches that bend at interesting angles and have an interesting texture. Wishbones, curls and right angles are good examples.

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What type of branch is usually best for a decor piece?
long, strong branches
Long, strong branches generally work best, but consider where in the house you are going to put them to determine what is most appropriate. A variety of lengths adds a nice touch.
short, strong branches
short, thin branches

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What should you use to clean the branches?
clothes detergent
dish detergent and water
Dish detergent and water should do the trick. If you have the facilities, you may prefer to wash them outside.
bleach

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How much should you scrub the branches?
Scrub the bark off.
Soak them and what ever comes off will suffice.
Just remove the dirt, not the bark.
Gently scrub the branches, but try to remove only the dirt and not the bark.

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What is the recommended minimum height for the vase that will hold the branch arrangement?
10 - 20 inches tall
20 - 30 inches tall
The vase should be no less than 20 to 30 inches tall and about 8 to 12 inches wide -- big enough so it won't fall over when you put the branches inside.
30 - 40 inches tall

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Which branch piece should you place in the vase first?
the largest, heaviest piece
Place the largest and heaviest piece in the vase first, as it will be the anchor piece. Then add the simpler branches until you are happy with how it looks.
the most interesting piece
the smallest piece

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If you are just using one single branch for a simple but graceful piece, what might you use to add effect?
fruit
stone beads
Place some stone, glass or wooden beads at the bottom of the vase for a nice effect and to add stability to your branch.
water

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Due to its simple design your branch piece should match most of your home's decor. Where might you place a smaller version of the unique branch arrangement?
the bathroom
Use a smaller version in a bathroom or hallway. Your big piece should fit well in the kitchen or on a side table. You may want to move it around the house depending on the season.
the kitchen
a side table

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How else might you use wood as decor for your house?
Use large pieces as kitchen stools.
Put large scraps in an unused fireplace with tea lights.
Another simple idea is to find some large, irregular-shaped scraps of wood from your garden or a nearby woods. Screw the pieces together and drill holes in the flat surfaces. Place it in your unused fireplace and put tea lights in the holes. Your fireplace has now become a beautiful, glowing feature of your home!
Place your TV on top of large birch logs.

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You Got:
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