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I was going to start this post with mentions of how much I love a good bargain. but that is obvious by now. So, I thought I would mention how I like to be a bit off beat. again, obvious. I can’t decide how to introduce this project. As a budget friendly project? or a trendy, unique gift idea? or perhaps as a re-purposing masterpiece? Let’s go with…trendy, unique, and inexpensive masterpiece of a gift. Too long? eh.
Start off by gathering your supplies. The twine (or chain) and paint are easy, but you’re going to have to leave the house to get the sticks. Gasp! Yep. This project requires exercise. Hunt through your yard or woods, or a nearby park, for some twigs that aren’t wanted. You don’t need a ton. Just a few that are a nice “twig” size. What is “twig” size? You decide. It doesn’t really matter.
The next steps really depend on what look you are going for. I taped the middle so that I could dip either end in paint and keep the middle natural. If you don’t want the stick to show through anywhere, you won’t need to tape off the middle.
Dipping the stick right into the paint works really well, and gives you a really nice-looking edge. Not those weird edges that can happen when you brush paint on.
- paint (shout out to DecoArt for the paint for this project…love that stuff!)
- painters tape
- long chain
- wire or jump rings to attach to chain
- break your twigs down to about 4 inches, remove bark.
- tape the center of your twig
- dip each side in a different color, letting them dry in between.
- use a paintbrush or q-tip to add decorative lines or accents.
- use jump rings or wire to attach the twigs to your chain. put the twigs 1-2 inches apart from each other.