Maybe you don’t have a talent for weaving baskets but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any! Don’t grab your car keys and head for the store; make your own baskets using a simple technique anyone can do. The unusual baskets are made from twigs you gather from your own yard. Use the method to make baskets, vases and many other things!
Gather small twigs and sticks to make an assortment of country-theme décor pieces for your home. Sticks don’t have to be all the same size or the same in diameter. However, twigs for each project should be similar in length and diameter. It’s easiest to gather many long sticks and twigs then cut them down to the size you need.
It isn’t hard to cut twigs and sticks. A small handsaw works great, and in some cases, a knife or scissors work just as well, depending upon the diameter of the twigs. Before deciding how long to cut each stick choose an object from around your house that you can use as the base for the project. This could be a tin can, a tissue box, a plastic glass or something similar.
If you’re using a box, cut the sticks to be just a tad larger than the box itself. The sticks don’t all have to be exactly the same size but should be close in size. Use a rag to scrub off any loose bark or dirt. Apply hot glue down the length of the twig then push it up against the box. Glue more and more sticks on, aligning them side-by-side, until the entire box is covered.
Glue sticks onto a tin can, frosting cup or oatmeal canister to make a holder for utensils in the kitchen or implements on the desk. Attach sticks to shallow boxes to hold soaps in the bathroom or napkins on the kitchen table. Glue sticks onto large boxes to make a simplistic toy box. Attach the twigs to a Styrofoam cube and you’ve got an interesting planter.
Don’t have any sticks in your yard? Purchase small-diameter wooden dowels at a craft store to make something similar to the twig baskets and vases. These come in several lengths and diameters so it’s easy for you to use them to cover boxes, cans and more. The baskets, vases and other twig containers you make are unique in appearance and very useful.