Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sticks and gravel; or, REALLY frugal decorating

Am I the only one who thinks twigs and branches are just as attractive as flowers? Hubs and the dog and I were out for a walk this past week when I noticed this beautiful branch lying by the path. There's just something about smooth, nicely-shaped branches that I find sort of architecturally satisfying. I scooped it up, took it home, and rigged up one of my famous "stick in a vase" arrangements.

We do something similar to this for our "Easter tree" every year, but we embellish it with little hanging bird and egg ornaments and a bit of dried grass or greenery in the base. This picture is a little dark, but you get the idea.

Just find a not-too-fancy glass vase (straight vases with smaller necks work best) and dump in some gravel. Or decorative stones, if you have a bigger budget. I collected all white rocks from our gravel driveway, which worked surprisingly well. Fill the vase about 1/3 full and then push the base of your branch or branches in as far as you can. Keep dumping handfuls of rocks around the "trunk" so it doesn't shift. This is one vase that your cat won't be able to tip over!


Belovedgoddess said...

I like this. I saw something along this line in an exclusive home wares store near where I work.

They had used small trees or large branches, painted white and stood in white river stones. Looked so effective. Didn't look to see if they were for sale, rather think they were just display items. Were a couple of metres high.

Another store had a divider that looked like a large fish tank but the glass was dark, inside had trunks lit with uplights. Again very effective.

Belovedgoddess said...

Don't know about my cat not being able to knock it over. My one has been known to push big platters off somewhere because it was where she wanted to sit.