I know ‘vase with sticks’ sounds kind of lame, but, well… that’s exactly what this is. It’s also a ridiculously easy project. It took me only a couple of hours, and I absolutely love how it turned out. It has brightened up my bathroom, but you could put one of these in pretty much any room in the house, in any set of colours.
- A variety of small sticks, preferably not too straight
- Acrylic paint in several colours that go with your decor – I used white, black, light blue and navy blue.
- Ribbon (optional)
- Paint brush
- Vase of your choice – I got mine at a Target liquidation sale, but I’ve also scored some awesome vases from Value Village in my time.
Like I said, this was super easy. Firstly, go outside and gather up a good-sized handful of sticks in varying lengths. Make sure they all have a nice shape to them to make the end product as interesting to look at as possible. I used around 16 sticks in the end.
Place your sticks in your vase and arrange them until you’re reasonably happy with the overall look and shape, shortening and removing sticks as necessary. One thing to keep in mind is that if your vase will be up against a wall when it’s done, you don’t want your sticks poking out the back too much.
When you’re happy with how it looks, lay your newspaper down over your surface and lay the sticks down on top. Count up the number of sticks you have, divide it by the number of paint colours you have, and paint that number of sticks in each colour.
Leave your sticks to dry, which shouldn’t take very long. Once they’re dry, arrange them in the vase again. I wasn’t 100% happy with how they were sitting at this stage, so I tied the white ribbon in a bow around the sticks at the top of the vase.
And that’s it. So easy, so pretty, and totally customizable.