15 September 2010

Maps and Sticks

When the trees are trimmed in Autumn, make sure you save the sticks. They can be used for many different things that can be useful as well as add a touch of simple beauty to your home.

In the past I have made a flower-dryer out of sticks freshly trimmed from our pear trees. Another whimsical thing we have done with the trimmings was to make a bouquet of them.

Maps and Sticks

This year we plan to make a bouquet of sticks with a special purpose. From the twigs we will hang little notes of things we are thankful for. It will be called, “The Thankful Tree.”

(But first, we’ll need to trim the trees – which can be done during any month ending with an “r”.)

  1. 19 Responses to “Saving sticks.”

  2. Rebecca on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    How fun! I love that idea. God bless!

    In Christ,

  3. Erin on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    I love your idea of “The Thankful Tree”, I am going to borrow it, I can’t wait to see my children consider their blessings and see them on display throughout the fall season.

    I have a small stick with small branches in a jar on my dresser that I use for hanging necklaces. It looks neat, keeps my necklaces organized and you can’t beat the price! :)

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea…

  4. Miss Rachel P. on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    What a great idea! Wish we had trees on our property. We have done a thankful tree though using a fake little tree and putting it on our table. :) It’s so nice. We’ve also made a huge paper tree and used our hand prints traced on paper to write out little thankful thoughts on. :) The hands make “leaves” on the tree. ;) (think we have a picture on our blog somewhere).

    It really is a great idea no matter what way you do it. It’s nice to see all that we have to be thankful for (and that we usually can take for granted too at times!). :)

    Have a blessed week! :)
    Love and Hugs!

  5. Sonja on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    Beautiful idea! I may just have to try that!


  6. Lauren on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    That’s a terrific idea! I wish we had more trees around here that would be well suited for it. We have mostly palm, pine, oaks, magnolias, etc. and their branches tend to be rather thick. I’ll have to keep a look out for some thin branches… :) Thanks for the inspiration!


    {P.S. I'll be writing you back soon! ;) }

  7. Nikki on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    I would love to see the pot/vase/container you put your sticks in! We have plenty of trees in our yard and I think this would make a lovely project for us to do as a family. It would be great for nature study and to use use as a thankful tree to incorporate during family worship times!
    Thanks for sharing your creative idea!

  8. Eyebright on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    What a nifty idea! One time, I took some thin tree branches and made small paper roses and attached them to the twigs. It was so pretty! I like the idea of combining that with the blessings. :)

  9. Melody on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    Through the month of November (until Thanksgiving), our family makes a paper tree and cuts out paper leaves. Every day, each person in the family writes something they are thankful for on a leaf and pastes it on the tree. It’s a beautiful reminder that, in the season where everything is dying, we can still be thankful for so much!

    Your idea is so much more artistic and, may I say, eco-friendly!

  10. Simplegirl on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    I love your pictures they are always so beautiful and so poetic. I also love collecting sticks with my little boy. We do fun projects with them, but just placing them for display is a beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing.


  11. Elizabeth on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    Thanks for sharing, Emily Rose! I always enjoy seeing your projects~what a great idea! Blessings, dear friend!

    Joyfully in Jesus,

  12. Pauline Vane on Sep 15, 2010 said:

    What a creative idea!! I’ll have to try that from our pear tree and I love to decorate!!!!! Good idea, Emily Rose!!!

    Pauline Vane age 12

  13. Natasha Marie on Sep 16, 2010 said:

    I’ve been reading your blog, and your sisters, for a while now, and have been greatly blessed by both of you. You’re both so creative.

    I loved this idea so much I just had to comment. We have a fruit orchard, and I am definitely going to make a bouquet out of some of the trimmings – perfect for bringing the autumn feeling into the house:)

    In Christ,

  14. Rhonda Devine on Sep 18, 2010 said:

    I love ideas like this because when you’re done, they can then go into the compost or fireplace. I hate buying plastic/silk items for the seasons as then you have to figure out where to store it when you’re done. BTW, was just in a fancy store the other day and they had sticks painted all white in a vase–looked very classy.

  15. Kathi Bailey on Sep 21, 2010 said:

    OK, so you can tell I’m the “homeschooling mom” who reads your blog…

    The Map caught my eye. Do share.

    We did a construction paper Thankful Tree last year, bringing in some real sticks will surely make my Boys more interested :)

    It does look pretty. And simple.

  16. Emily Rose on Sep 22, 2010 said:

    Mrs. Bailey, we purchased the map about five years ago at Staples for just a few dollars (between $3-$5, if I remember correctly). I’m not sure if they have them anymore – but if they do, it certainly is a good deal!

  17. tracy g on Sep 26, 2010 said:

    LOVE this site! To God Be The Glory! I had an Azalea Bush die and it had many little stems coming from all different directions. I put it in a wide vase with rocks and use it to hang necklaces.

  18. Dawn on Sep 30, 2010 said:

    My mom came across dandelion puffs made with sticks and yard she loved. I made several for Christmas last year, and they look so beautiful sitting in a jar on the fireplace.

    I can’t remember what website I used for reference, but here is an example:

  19. Kasey on Oct 1, 2010 said:

    Oh my Goodness What a Fabulous idea! And I just made my husband throw away a bunch of sticks.

  20. Kimberly on Oct 29, 2010 said:

    Thanks for sharing! So unique!

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