Even when the temperatures are blistering hot, there’s nothing that I enjoy more than working in my garden. That includes decorating. I just get so much joy out of landscaping and turning my outdoors beautiful. Of course, I also love saving money, which is why I love these 25 DIY garden projects. You make them with sticks and twigs so they’re basically free! And who doesn’t love a great project when it’s free?
Whether you’re decorating for a specific holiday or you just want to add a little beauty to your garden, I’m sure that you will find a lot of inspiration in these projects. There are specific projects for Christmas and even some great framed décor that you can hang on the fence or the side of your house. There’s so much that you can do with sticks and twigs and if you happen to have several trees on your property, you know you can find loads of sticks to use. You can even turn those twigs into gorgeous fairy furniture, which would go beautifully with this DIY fairy house.
You can use those twigs to create support for your large garden vegetables and they’re much cheaper than buying bean poles or tomato cages. You can also use them to build a stunning arbor to support your flowers and while you’re busy decorating with your sticks, be sure to check out these other summery backyard projects to add a bit of beauty and charm to your outdoor living spaces. Seriously, you can make just about anything out of sticks and decorate your outdoors in such a lovely manner. If you love rustic, this is definitely the project list for you.
So, if you have a few – or more than a few – sticks on hand, you can turn them into wonderful garden décor that won’t take you long at all to complete. Plus, you don’t have to worry about hauling them off or burning them in a brush fire. Instead, you just repurpose them into beautiful new things and add a nice little touch of nature to your garden.
14. Living Willow Playhouse
15. Natural Raised Garden Bed
Raised gardens are a great choice if you just don’t have room for a traditional garden or if your soil isn’t really plant compatible. You can build your own raised garden bed from twigs and sticks that are lying around the yard. So you clean up the yard and get a great new garden at the same time. The twigs add a nice decorative touch and help to make your raised garden look even more natural.
16. Upcycled Branch Coat Hanger
This coat hanger made from branches is really awesome and it looks really easy to make. You’ll just need to build a shadow box to hold your branches and then add them to the box. This would be a great coat hanger for the front porch to hold raincoats and umbrellas or you could hang it indoors, as well.
17. DIY Outdoor Garden Table
How cool is this garden table? It’s made from sticks and twigs and it’s perfect for the patio or deck. Mind you, it’s not all sticks and twigs. There’s a bit of an illusion but it still looks like a stick table and it’s pretty easy to build. You just cover an existing cube table or something similar with twigs and rounds cut from sticks to make it look like you’ve stacked that wood and build the entire table around it.
18. Rustic Twig Obelisk
This obelisk would look great in your garden and it’s really simple to make from twigs and sticks. You build a teepee from your larger sticks and then fill in the empty spaces with smaller ones. It’s a great support for your larger plants or you could just use it as decoration – or make it a bit larger and throw an old blanket over it to build the kids an actual teepee.
19. DIY Twig Wreath
This starburst twig wreath is very reminiscent of the 1970s and I love it. It’s so easy to put together, too. You’ll need to gather a few smaller twigs and sticks and then use a hot glue gun to attach them to a twine covered disk. Overall, it’s not a time-consuming project and you can paint the wreath or leave it all natural. Make a hanger from a longer piece of twine and you’re all ready to hang.
20. Twig Adirondack Chairs
21. Upcycled Twig Planters
You can turn ordinary planters or even plastic bowls into beautiful creations when you add a few twigs. It doesn’t even take that long to turn an ordinary planter into a twig planter and you can hot glue the twigs in place or even tie them in place with burlap or twine if you don’t want them to be permanent. These can be painted or left natural – there are so many possibilities!
22. Decorative Twig Lettering
Use twig letters and numbers to decorate just about anything from your Christmas tree to the mailbox. These are great for creating house numbers or you could spell out a message and hang them on the wall. Larger letters look great standing on the porch or deck and these are so very easy to make. Just assemble your twigs into the letter or number of your choice and hot glue them in place.
23. DIY Twig Plant Markers
Why worry about where your carrots are or how to find your favorite herbs when you can easily mark your plants with twigs? Gather up a few sticks and twigs when you are planting and then use a vegetable peeler to remove a small portion of the bark. Permanent markers can then be used to label each stick so that you can “plant” them right next to their assigned plant and you’ll always know where everything is.
24. Rustic Twig Picture Frame
Turn a regular Dollar Store picture frame into the perfect rustic picture showcase with a handful of twigs. Kids love this craft and it’s really easy. You just hot glue the twigs around the frame and that’s about it. Or, you could do this completely handmade and skip the Dollar Store frame. Just assemble your twigs together and tie them at the corners with ribbon or twine to house your pictures.
25. Decorative Twig Balls
I love decorating with twig or grapevine balls, but they can honestly be a bit expensive at department stores. You can make these yourself and paint them any color you like, or find them on Etsy where they’re really inexpensive. I found these four inch twig balls on Etsy and they’re just around $10 for a set of five. These are great for decorating in any number of ways and you can even use them for your outdoor garden décor.