When you think of sticks and a vase, you may think of the sticks as the filler. But this post is all about how to make a natural stick vase.
Any time of year is perfect for a natural stick vase, but late winter or early spring is ideal. The contrast of the bare sticks and spring flowers like tulips is exactly what makes it so beautiful. It’s like winter and spring all at the same time!
Once again, I’m joining my friend Cindy and Mary Ann for our favorite finds of the week. This natural stick vase is my number one favorite. I do love the little things! A $10 bunch of tulips or chamomile in a vase made of sticks is just the type of thing I love!
The Supplies You’ll Need to Make a Natural Stick Vase:
- Sticks – I forage sticks on my walks. In the winter months, it’s quite easy to find fallen branches from large trees, especially after a windy day or a storm.
- Jars – Pasta sauce jars and almond butter jars are my two favorites.
- Natural jute twine
- Spring flowers like tulips, daffodils, or whatever flowers you like
Tools You’ll Need:
- Garden pruners – I have Felco pruners, and they have lasted for years.
- Hot glue gun and a few glue sticks – I use a mini glue gun for every project.
How to Make Your Natural Stick Vase
- First, go for a walk and gather some sticks. One good size branch could work. I prefer to find sticks from one type of tree so the color is the same or similar.
- Once you’ve selected the jar you are using, cut the sticks a little taller than the jars.
- The sticks don’t have to be the same size, but they should be similar.
- Sort them by diameter. I like to have thick, medium, and thin. I start with the thick and medium sticks and begin gluing them around the jar.
- Then with the very thin tips of branches that maybe are a little curved, I like to add those in at the very end. It gives the stick vase some character. I try to avoid making it look too perfect. If the sticks or twigs are too perfect, it looks like you bought them at a craft store. We are going for a more natural look that is one-of-a-kind.
- Once your sticks and twigs are covering the jar and you are happy with the shape, you may want to add a little natural jute twine to help keep the sticks and twigs in place.
- Fill your jar with cold water and add some flowers!
Can You Use a Can Over a Jar to Make a Natural Stick Vase?
Yes, absolutely! But here’s why I prefer a glass jar. If you look closely, you can see through the sticks and the jar and see the green stems. Like a tree, you can see the light through the branches. I think it looks more like a homemade natural stick vase this way rather than something store-bought.
Tulips Brighten Up My Favorite Corner of the House
This corner banquette is a favorite spot to work almost any time of year. It’s cozy with custom cushions from Patio Lane. We recently switched them from a linen stripe that was more summery to these cozy velvet-like covers. It’s Sunbrella performance fabric, so I don’t have to worry about spills or fading. You can read more in this post.
2. On-Line Art Classes + Still Flower Drawing
Recently I posted in Instagram stories that I would be taking an online drawing class and asked if anyone had taken an art class online. So many of you responded yes! Some say they have taken many classes online.
I have always loved to draw but have never been trained. I think lots of practice is one thing, but instruction is important too. I learned a lot in this class, and the great thing is that they are reasonably priced. Less than $20, and if you can’t take the class live, they usually have a recording.
3. A Few New Items in the Shop
As many of you know, I opened a shop last May. On my 60th birthday! I have always wanted to have a shop, so last May we opened and then spent a month in France buying for the shop. We have some everyday items and some vintage. You can take a look right here!
4. Outfit of the Week
I saw Kim and Cindy’s post on wearing red, and it had me thinking, I love red, but I don’t wear it often. I have a very old cashmere Burberry sweater which I’ll never part with. It’s gorgeous, I wish it were more oversized, but it’s in the best shape.
On Valenine’s Day, I’ll wear it with the pants from Uniqlo and a camel coat.
Did you see these posts from last week?
Made using the same recipe as our lemon lava cakes, but pink and strawberry for Valentine’s Day!
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