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Published on August 7th, 2012 | by Julie Finn


Nature Crafts to Make Using the Sticks from Your Yard

stick frame image via Shutterstock

Picking up fallen sticks around the yard is less of a hassle when you have something more fun to do with them than just tossing them in the ubiquitous brush pile by the street. Read on for several crafty uses for this completely free and natural art supply:

DIY Bird's Nest

Bonnie’s bird’s nest!

DIY bird’s nest: Think bird’s nest, but without bird spit and WITH a handy little place to set your keys! This decorative bird’s nest tutorial from our own Bonnie results in a nest that looks real, but will hold up in your home–and hold something useful.

This twig star image is the property of A Foothill Home Companion.

This twig star image is the property of A Foothill Home Companion.

tied stick star: You’ll show off the beauty of the wood found on your property, as well as your crafty skills, by attempting this tied stick star from A Foothill Home Companion. For a slightly easier project that you can still hang on your front door, try the twig sunburst wreath from The Painted Hive.

twig frame: All your photos will certainly match if you mount them all inside these twig picture frames from The Crafty Classroom. You can use the recycled cardboard that the tutorial calls for to back your picture, but if you’re fond of what you’re framing, you may want to upgrade to store-bought mat board, which is sturdier and of archival quality.

paint brush: In my round-up of art supplies made from nature, I tipped you off about one of my favorite ways of painting: with high-quality twig-handled paintbrushes from nature (tutorial by missannie). I’m pretty sure that store-bought human hair paintbrushes would be REALLY expensive, right?

twig basket: If you STILL need something to hold your keys and you’re up for a bigger challenge than the DIY bird’s nest, try your hand at this twig basket tutorial from A Holiday Haven. Just remember–hot glue is your friend! Add some upcycled wire and a found object for a base and you can upgrade to a twig and wire bowl (tutorial by What I Made).

[stick frame image via Shutterstock]

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

2 Responses to Nature Crafts to Make Using the Sticks from Your Yard

  1. I can’t tell you how much I’m loving your blog! This post is especially great for us as we have a sugar maple in the back yard. Those things drip sticks like crazy!

  2. The paintbrush seems like a great idea. It would definitely get the most use in my studio!

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