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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Twig Ornaments - Free Crafts from Mother Nature

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Sometimes, after a storm, I find some of the coolest stuff in the yard. don't believe me?!

Look at this...  I found these stars in my neighbor's yard after a windy night last week.

Well...okay...not exactly these stars...and not exactly  their yard...

What I found was a bunch of twigs.

Dead branches, actually. Broken free by the wind. Nature's way of pruning.

The kind of twigs that you can find almost anywhere:

In the woods. In the forest preserve or, if you're me,

on your neighbor's suburban Chicago parkway.

I love it when mother nature sends me free craft supplies. It doesn't happen often in the suburb where I live.

Generally speaking, it's a race between the guys from the Village Public Works Department and me to see who can get to them first.

They just want to get them out of the street and off of the parkway.

They put them int a shredder and turn them into...the worst possible fate for a tree branch: MULCH!

Normally, that would be okay with me. But not in the fall...

Not after the leaves are off of the trees and my gardens have been put to bed for the winter.

Not with the holidays right around the corner!

These sticks were destined for better things.  They were going to be the stars of my Christmas decor this year!

They were excited...and it wasn't  just because I saved them from spending the winter outdoors in a mulch pile.

I'm pretty sure that it was the glitter. Yep. Twigs and glitter for the holidays.

They're  eco-friendly...and free. 

Using them cleans up the parkway and makes less work for the guys from from the Village.

Not to mention the fact that they go great with the burlap ball ornaments that I made last year.

That's how I see it and so far, no one's arguing

                                                            ...especially  not the sticks!

If you'd like to know how to make the burlap balls, click here for the tutorial

If you'd like to make your very own sparkly twig stars from sticks that you found in your yard (or your neighbor's yard), Here's what you'll need:
  • Sticks
  • Hand held pruners 
  •  A hot glue gun.

Glue four pieces in the shape of an "X", then begin adding axes until the first half is complete.

Turn the ball over and repeat on the other side. The sides don't have to be exactly alike. Keep adding sticks until it looks the way that you want it to.

Once it's glued together, paint the tips of the sticks, dip them in glitter or spray paint  the whole thing! Use your imagination! Add a loop for hanging...or not.

They make great ornaments or bowl filler. They'd even be cute tied to gifts with jute. I think that I'm going to need to make a few more!


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  1. Fantastic!! Gosh knows, I have plenty of sticks in my yard :) Love them girl.

    1. Thanks Shannon! I've been walking around picking them up for days now. The neighborhood (except for the basket near my back door) is looking a whole bunch more "tidy" ;)

  2. Cute! I think I'll take my glue gun, paint, and glitter on our Thanksgiving trip into the mountains. I'm already going to be scouting for pine cones.

    1. Perfect! I went to the forest preserve for pinecones a few weeks ago....slim pickin's I'm afraid...I expect that I need a place that's a little more remote. Have fun...can't wait to see what you make! xo

  3. You can't beat gifts from Mother Nature! Those ornaments are so cool. I am so thankful hot glue! (And lots of other things, such as frog tape, and liquid nails, and bloggers!)

    1. You've inspired me! I know what my "thankful for" is going to be tomorrow! :)

  4. Love these! So pretty and practically free! I have to pin this for sure!

  5. I love these! Now whose yard has lots of trees? Or maybe a walk in the park might render some new crafting materials! Just love your stars!!

  6. Great idea! I am surrounded by trees and leaves! Can't wait to pull some of the outside in for this holiday season!

  7. what a PERFECT idea! I love it!
    I may have to try this..

  8. I forget about the ole' glue gun. Old wood never takes on any other glue. Love this idea and think I will make them into a hanging group for outside by the steps. Perhaps use fluorescent paint mixed with glitter. Great idea....thanks.

    1. I'd love to see what you end up making...please?!

  9. very very cool idea ! I love anything stars !


  10. Very Cute! Love this idea! Thanks for inspiring!

  11. Those stars are very pretty; what a great idea.

  12. Kimberly......these are so pretty! What a fun, free, easy idea!

    Happy early Thanksgiving!

  13. Those are super super cute! I love it! If I have time for some crafting I may just make some of these - I have a neighbor who always has sticks after a good wind!

  14. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  15. That is a fabulous idea and I've got a ready supply of twigs, in fact I was gathering some today for a little project.

  16. Came over from Roadkill Rescue - LOVEly!!

  17. This is simply amazing. I am going to make a ton of them this year! Love, love it. Found you at Roadkill Rescue!

    1. I'm SO GLAD! They're the easiest ornaments I've ever made...well, unless you count hanging candy canes on the tree... :)


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