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5 minute DIY: Painted stick art

Posted by Melissa Massello  July 12, 2013 12:00 PM

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5-minute-diy-stick-art2.jpg Look in your cabinets. You probably have some empty vases. That's a missed opportunity: your home could be brighter and more colorful if you kept those glass vessels out and full. While flowers are ideal, maybe bringing home blooms weekly isn't your preference. You can add a fun touch of whimsy to your space, and it all starts by stepping outside and grabbing some sticks.

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Displayed in a small vase on a table, a larger urn on the floor, or resting on a mantle, choose a size that works for your space; that will determine if you're looking for bigger bows or smaller twigs, solid and straight or bendy and branched. In just 5 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a cool, natural display that lasts.

What you'll need:
• Branches or sticks
• Sandpaper
• Pocket knife (for larger branches with thicker bark)
• Craft paint & brushes, or spray paint
• Painter's tape
• Varnish or polyurethane spray (optional)

Take your branches and give them a quick wipe with a damp cloth. When dry, whittle or sand off the bark. Another wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust, and then prepare to paint.

Pick your base color, and paint the stick with a sponge or brush. If spraypainting, make sure to do so in a well ventilated area and have a tarp or large piece of cardboard to protect your surfaces. Use even strokes to apply thin coats, allowing the branch to dry in between.

When the base color is dry, use painter's tape to block out sections for stripes. Paint accent colors and allow to dry, then remove tape and repeat. When finished, you can coat with varnish or polyurethane for longer preservation.

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Have you decorated with upcycled nature? Share photos in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!

~Tara

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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