Hanging things from sticks

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A little guest room update here! The walls now have paint, and two of the walls have art. Yay for progress! And the best part of it is that they were both super easy and inexpensive. I will share the branch art today, but the other one I will reserve for an unnamed date in the future. I have serious trouble with blog commitment, because I'm afraid I won't be able to follow through with a post, so it's better for me to just say that it's forthcoming. This blog isn't exactly the most important thing in my life, but I do enjoy posting, so I promise it will come up eventually.

Anyway, a few months ago, I pinned this branch with hanging paper raindrops. I thought it was really sweet and totally DIY'able—the perfect idea for the long wall in my guest room. This is an old photo, and the walls are now a lovely gray white—Behr's Irish Mist, to be exact. Thanks, Jaime ;) 

I love how easy and inexpensive it is to transform nature into art. The options are endless—as varied as the sticks in the woods and the creative people who find them.

A quick browse on Pinterest turns up endless variations of stick art, but I love how customizable the concept is. Look at some of the stick genius from around the web:

My friend Alyssa came up with this version.

Can you even imaging how lucky is this kid?

How cool are airplane terrariums on sticks??

 

Okay, so this project is pretty straightforward, but I sketched out a basic idea for inspiration. I thought I might do a mix of circles and half-circles, but I ended up just going with half-circles.

Obvious, I know, but the quality of stick will greatly affect the quality of the finished product. Not too fat, not too thin. Not too many branches, but certainly not too few. This part doubled as a nature walk with my kids—in fact, I think they probably thought they were the motivation for the excursion. Oh the wondrous tricks of motherhood. Bottom line is we all had a good time, and I found a stick.

I used an old TJ's bag and freezer paper, but any paper would work. My circle cutter came in really handy, but you can make whatever shape you want or cut your circles by hand. I just estimated, but it works best if you cut an equal number of shapes from the paper and the freezer paper. 

Next I ironed the freezer paper onto the brown paper with the string pressed between. I created random patterns as I thought it would look best, but this part is totally flexible. I hung up each strand as I completed it so I could visualize how it would hang from the stick and interact with the other strands.

Aside from being about 4 feet long, my stick was really crumbly and dirty, so I initially mounted it onto my fence with wire and a couple nails. Then I hung the strings to my liking. The wind made this part super annoying, but it was better than getting bark all over the floor. I started by wrapping the strings around the stick but didn't like the effect, so I ended up hot gluing the strings to thumbtacks and pushing them into the back/bottom of the stick. Then I ran out of thumbtacks and used a staple gun. It worked perfectly.

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I bought some gold wire for $2.50 from Wal-Mart (my only expense for this project) and wrapped it around the ends of the stick to make a hanger. Then I just added an anchor and screw at the appropriate height on my wall and hung it up. Bam.

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I love how the circles float and twist in the air, disappearing and reappearing against the wall. It's the perfect combo of organic, modern, and cheap. Thank you, dead tree, for making my week.