Take a peekie at these purty arrangements:
First, meet my no-longer-in-bloom bottlebrush tree.
After blooming, the branches form strange seed clusters that - at first glance - don't look terribly decorative.
But with a snip and a rip, you can turn them into 'beaded' ornamental sticks.
Choose a branch with an attractive seed cluster on a long-ish stem. Snip off the little tuft on top.
Strip off the leaves, and voila!
Add them to arrangements, weave some into a wreath, or use your imagination for ways to use them in your nature-inspired decor. (Check out a whole bunch of great ideas from my readers in Part Two of Stuff On Sticks!)
(Do you like the vase? My husband painted it. A multi-faceted dude.)
I have another tree called a Showy Honey Myrtle. Here's what she looks like right now:
Aren't the naked seed clusters beautiful?!
Don't neglect to consider the nearest Sycamore tree. To me, these mini-branches always look like something out of Dr. Seuss.
Maybe you don't have a Bottlebrush, Honey Myrtle or Sycamore? Go outside and hunt the winter landscape for other trees that form Stuff On Sticks. Post pics in the comments if you find some good ones!
Hope you enjoyed my I-didn't-really-make-anything-because-Mother-Nature-got-there-first tutorial. More Stuff On Sticks coming soon!
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