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Creative Ways To Use Branches, Twigs, and Sticks

Published on NewsOK Published: November 14, 2012

I recently moved away from the progressive playground of Portland, Oregon, which among other things, is a city at the center of the “creative repurposing” trend. Strolling through any of the many quaint neighborhoods, you’re certain to discover some sort of clever, maybe-crazy application of “old junk” into “new awesomeness”. A bicycle to trellis flowering vines? Old tires to serve as vegetable planters? An entire fence made from salvaged doors (what's up, Portland garage door me some scraps, eh?), or a greenhouse constructed patchwork-style out of antique windows? Yes, yes, and oh, yes. It’s all pretty amazing, not to mention beautiful. But most importantly: it’s very eco-friendly.

If you’re into creative repurposing, and you enjoy the nature-inspired décor that seems to be all the rage these days, check the following list for a few ideas on how you might re-use discarded tree branches, twigs, and sticks. They’re pretty, they’re practical, and of course, they’re oh-so-Portland.

1. Use branches to create garden edging. You can simply lay them down single file along borders, to create a representative break. Or, if you have a lot of them, you can actually stack them to create a functional barrier. Either way, it will lend your yard a charming, rustic vibe.

2. For another take on a rustic-inspired yard, you can use branches to build a short fence. There are many ways you can go about doing this – using nails or screws to attach them to a frame, using twine to tie the branches together, or by sinking them into the ground. Whichever way you choose, this result will be a fantastic decorative fence, just perfect for a quaint, welcoming front yard.

3. Branches make perfect hooks for hanging things, if you use a section that forks. Try two of these side by side, attached to your house or fence, for curling up your garden hose in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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