Crafts with Twigs and Branches

Fall is here! Can you believe it? I wouldn’t if it wasn’t for the recent drop in temperature. It dipped to low 40s here in Charlotte this weekend. The air is cool and crisp – it’s lovely! I even broke out my boots (at least one pair).

With the fall colors filling the stores, there is inspiration everywhere. It’s time to start planning fun Halloween and Fall projects with the kids (caramel apples, pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones and pumpkin pies) and fall decorating/crafting for me.

A couple of weeks ago Jacob, Lily and I collected handfuls of branches from around our neighborhood. I used several in our Fall Mantel decor last week, however, I had many leftover. This weekend I found a few ways to use them.

A twig frame. &

A twig candle holder Instructions for the frame

  1. Collect branches that approximately 12 inches r that you can easily cut to that size.
  2. Create a frame. I hot glued the core branches together.
  3. Layer the 4-6 branches between the “frame” branches.
  4. Tie the branches with twine or raffia.
  5. Optional – trim the raffia and sticks. I would actually suggest trimming the branches before tying it all together. I learned this the hard way. Some of the branches were pretty thick and cutting them broke the hot glue seal so I had to re-glue the frame
  6. You can hang anything in the center. I chose a leaf and pinecone for fall but you can hang an herb, origami shape, a flower or ornament. You can also change it for the season.

The twig candle holder

  1. I started with a couple of glass votives I had on hand. I picked up a set of 12 for 3.99 from Michael’s wedding section when they were half off. Then I cut the twigs to be approximately the height of the votive (3″ in my case).
  2. Then dab the sticks with hot glue and attach them to the candle holder.
  3. Fill in the gaps with small twigs.

I placed one on each side of the mantel.

The third craft is something that is still on my list. Source: Simply Vintage Girl courtesy Angela on Pinterest:

My husband is out of town so it’s just me and the kids and with football practice, a game and regular weekend errands I was unable to get to this one. Stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting! Hope you are enjoying fall! Let me know what questions or comments you have! I love reading them! And I apologize for temporarily disabling the comment feature. I’m still not sure how I did that.

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13 comments

  1. Sue says:

    Looks good….can’t wait to see the last project completed. Enjoy your together time with your children! You will look back on these memories one day. It even got very chilly in Jacksonville. Love the weather. No humidity. Take care…Sue

  2. Kali says:

    Love the twig ideas! I just had my kids pick up sticks for me in the yard the other day in hopes for getting started on some projects. I just haven’t had the motiviation…until now…THANKS!

  3. Karen says:

    I like the twig candle holder. It would look beautiful at Christmas time too – just add a little bell or ornament to it. Thank you for sharing. God bless x

    • guyerfamily says:

      I’m sorry to hear you are having problems! I remember having some challenges at first with the votive. It’s important that the votive have a straight side and that it is clean. It’s also good to apply the glue while it’s hot and hold it against the votive until it cools to help it stick. Let me know if that makes a difference at all?!

      Thanks for reaching out and letting me know. I may need to update the instructions.

      Angela

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