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