25 Striking Stick Reuses

The Stick

By Liesl Clark

Sticks have been reused for millennia by homo sapiens. How creative are you with yours?

Sticks have been reused for millennia by humans. How creative are you with yours? Photo © Liesl Clark

1) Fuel. Okay, we had to mention it, since sticks (yes, even small sticks) are a major source of our home’s heat. We get a lot of blown-down sticks in the winter, so we collect the branches year round and use the wood for heat in the winter. Many are left on the forest floor, however, to help the little bugs and critters who rely on them for food and shelter.

2) Make a striking pea trellis out of sticks, especially if you have curly willow sticks.

3) Build a beautiful garden fence from sticks. We call ours “Arches National Fence.”

4) Hang your children’s art from a branch mounted on the wall.

5) Collect them to have natural “Lincoln Logs” and building-blocks for the kids.

6) Construct a fairy forest in 5 minutes.

7) Make a hanging heart, tied with a ribbon.

Heart made of dried sticks. Photo © Liesl Clark

Heart made of dried sticks. Photo © Liesl Clark

8) Make some pretty hanging stars from sticks.

9) Make your own wooden buttons from a branch or stick.

10) Got chickens? Build a chicken enclosure like our “chicks in sticks” and use downed sticks and branches to support a predator-proof run and save yourself the cost and waste of machined plastic and wood supports.

11) Build a natural cat scratch tree from a large stick or branch. We did.

12) Hang pretty ceramic birds from sticks inside and by the window in winter, to invoke spring:

Ceramic Doves in Winter Fly From Sticks Hung Indoors in Winter. Photo © Liesl Clark

Ceramic Doves in Winter Fly From Sticks Hung Indoors in Winter. Photo © Liesl Clark

The remaining 14 crafty stick ideas can be found in our Trash Backwards app. Don’t hesitate to visit, as you’ll find more inspiration there:

Click Through For More Stick and Branch Reuses at Trash Backwards

Click Through For More Stick and Branch Reuses at Trash Backwards

And if you have more ideas to add, please do in the comments below.

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2 Comments on “25 Striking Stick Reuses”

  1. April 18, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    And from a household of boys: make bows and arrows, slingshots, walking sticks, and more…these are some of the summer “toys” that mine treasure long after the super soakers break…

  2. March 4, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Don’t forget whittling material! My Grandfather used to whittle little toys for us from sticks. He taught us how to find the perfect sticks. I wish I had thought at the time to ask him to teach me how to do the whittling as well. Now he’s gone and I’m trying to learn it on my own.
    I love this site! So glad I’ve found it!

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