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.
1. DIY Twig Trellis
2. Woven Twig Basket Pendant Lamp
This pendant lamp is made from twigs that are woven together and it’s absolutely gorgeous. You can easily make this, or just check out this already finished version that I found on Etsy. It’s the perfect way to add some natural charm and would look beautiful over a breakfast table or hallway table. You can get it for around $75.
3. Upcycled Twig Bird Mobile
Whether you decide to hang this in the nursery or outside where the real birds can admire it, this upcycled twig bird mobile is the perfect project for those sticks in your yard. You do have to do a bit of sewing for the birds and when they’re finished, they rest on a small twig that you can probably find right there by your porch. It’s a gorgeous little mobile and such a fun and natural DIY project.
4. Quirky Toolbox Handles
I really love the idea of making toolbox handles from twigs and sticks. You could use this project to turn all of your gardening tool holders into a rustic twig project! It’s so easy, too. You just have to find sticks in the right thickness and then cut them down to size so that they fit into the handle slots of the wooden toolboxes, which you also DIY. The entire project just has rustic written all over it!
5. DIY Twiggy Christmas Tree
How adorable are these little Christmas trees that are made from twigs and sticks? These are so much fun to make and to display and this is a great project for the kids. Let them help you gather sticks and then help paint them to make them more personalized. Attach a ribbon to the top for hanging and you’ve got the perfect outdoor (or indoor) Christmas tree decorations.
6. Diamond Patterned Twig Lattice
Lattice is a beautiful way to decorate around the fence or the deck and you can make your own with those twigs in your yard. This is a rather time-consuming and somewhat complex project but it’s completely doable and it will look beautiful when you’re finished. You can even use your new lattice to allow vining plants to grow or even paint it when you’re finished to match your existing outdoor décor.
7. DIY Wattle Fencing
Wattle fencing has such an old country look to it and you can certainly purchase a nice recreation from any home improvement store. You can also simply make your own and save yourself a few hundred dollars. This is not even that difficult to do and while you will need larger sticks for this one, it will definitely be worth snagging those thicker branches when you see this lovely fence outside your door.
8. Rustic Twig Arbor
I really love flower gardens that have arches and arbors in them. They’re just so gorgeous! I also love the idea of making your own rustic arbor from twigs – because it’s so cheap. This is a relatively easy way to get rid of the sticks in your yard and give your garden a little makeover as well. Plus, it would be the perfect arbor for a rustic outdoor wedding, don’t you think?
9. Adorable DIY Fairy Garden Furniture
Turn those smaller sticks and twigs into adorable fairy garden furniture! My kids have always loved fairy gardens and this furniture makes it so easy to carry on the magic of those little fairies. From tables and chairs to an adorable little bed, you can create an entire collection of fairy furniture from your twigs and build yourself a lovely little fairy garden right there in the front yard.
10. Rustic Looking Framed Twig Art
If you really don’t have time for a project but you really want to incorporate those twigs into your indoor or outdoor décor, why not just frame them? A cheap Dollar Store or yard sale frame and a few twigs are all you need to make this rustic framed twig art. Just cut your twigs to fit into the opening of the frame and then staple them into place. You could even paint them different colors if you wanted to really customize your art.
11. DIY Stick And Twig Pergola
Who wouldn’t love a cozy pergola in their backyard? I know I would and this twig and stick version makes it really inexpensive to get one. Plus, this project is really easy. You can build the pergola completely out of sticks – although you will need to have a few that are fairly straight – or build it from leftover wood from other projects and just fill in the sides and roof with twigs.
12. Upcycled Twig Bird Nest Art
Take those twigs and create a beautiful bird’s nest that you can use to decorate anywhere in your garden. Kids are going to adore this project and they can help you to gather twigs and put the bird’s nest together. It’s pretty simple to do and when you’re finished, you can add “eggs” and a bird to your nest to make it look more authentic.
13. Garden Plant Support
Those sticks and twigs can be turned into this globe shaped plant support for your flower or vegetable gardens. Not only will this support larger plants as they grow, it can provide a protective barrier for smaller plants so that they don’t get trampled or mowed down with a weed eater until they get big enough to see. Plus, it’s really easy to make and it adds a nice little decorative touch to the garden.