I love those expensive stick/grass/willow bundles (what are they called, anyway?) that you see in all the stores. But the ones I was looking at the other day were between $25 & $35. YIKES! Not happening!
Here's how to make your own. So easy and only $4.00!
- Tin can
- Brown spray paint
- Plaster of paris
- Grass, sticks or branches
- Jute rope
- Hot glue
Step 1: Paint your tin can brown (or another color that matches your sticks/grass/branches. That's so that if a bit of the can shows through the final product, you won't really be able to tell.
Step 2: Mix up some plaster of paris and put it in the bottom of each can for weight. You could use anything you wanted to give them some weight. But I wanted to make sure that whatever was in mine didn't spill out when my little hooligans knock them over.
Step 3: Hot glue a piece of floral foam into the can right on top of the hardened plaster.
Step 4: Start sticking in your sticks. My stick-grass stuff came in a big bundle from Joann for $4.00 (50% off!). You can find it at any craft store.
Step 5: Hot glue the sticks, grass or brances around the outside of the can. Don't worry if a bit of the can shows through because you painted the can brown, remember?
Step 6: A little rustic twine to finish off the bottom.
Step 7: Wrap it around a few times.
Step 8: Tie another piece of twine around the grass right above the top of the can. If you're using something stiff like sticks, you won't need to cinch it so tight.
This article was originally posted on October 16, 2008.