It has been raining and pouring around here, and I’ve been cleaning up our yard getting ready for spring. I was picking up some twigs in the yard and it occurred to me that I could probably use some twigs to make up a very earthy little bangle like those popsicle stick bracelets I’ve seen a few places (including one of my favorite reads, Artsy Fartsy Mama). The end result was kind of neat!
I can’t say it’s one of my favorite projects – in fact, to be honest, it was cooler in my head. But it’s practically free, and it still turned out to be a fun little venture even if I didn’t manage to wow myself – so I decided to share it today anyway.
I brought in a few wet twigs and implemented a few of Linsday’s suggestions. Because they were already soaked (after several DAYS of rain) I was able to skip ahead a little. You may need to soak your twigs for a few hours to make sure they are nice & pliable. Do try to find twigs that have already fallen, rather than hacking up a healthy branch, if you can.
I nipped off the very ends of the budding branches because they aren’t strong enough to do much with, and cut off a larger splinter of branch it was attached to. Then I fit my little twigs into a drinking glass. They didn’t want to bend really easily, so I added some hot water and soaked them for another hour or two.
Then, just dump out the water, and leave them in the glass until they dry. This will depend on how big of branches and twings you come across, but mine were pretty small so it only took about 2 days to fully dry.
When they are dry, you can remove them from the cup. They should retain a round shape pretty well. Mine did un-spring a little, but that’s all right because we are going to size them to the size we need. All you need is a bit of 24 or 16 gauge wire. If you’re not comfortable with wire-wrapping, you could also accomplish the same thing with a bit of embroidery floss.
I cut about a 4-5 inch length of wire, and wrapped my two twigs together.
Make sure you position the end at a strong point on your other twig. My twigs were pretty small so I just have two layers, but yours might be long enough to do 3, which would also look cute! You will want to bend (or un-bend) your twigs to create a round bangle that’s just gibe enough for your wrist (or your kids’ wrists – whatever the case may be). It needs to be big enough to slide you hand in and out.
Find a few other key spots to wrap your twigs together – ideally it will be where they are naturally close together. The more layers you use, you will end up with will give you a sturdier bracelet.
You will end up with a really unique natural piece! You can stack little bangles like this with other pieces, too.
What pieces of nature have you found other purposes for?