Category Archives: use for natural stuff: vines, sticks…

Home-made Witch’s Broom for Halloween Costume Prop or Décor

Witch Broom Against Tree

This super easy to make witch’s broom is made of a tree branch (the handle) and thin branches that were collected after a bush was pruned. The broom in the picture is made of the reddish wood of a silky dogwood bush. All I did was gather the twigs, trim them to a similar length and tie them to the broom handle. Perfect for a costume or for Halloween decorating.

Witch Broom leaning against old barn

Festive Halloween Tree Made From A Contorted Filbert

Well the down side is that my Lauder’s Walking stick, also called a contorted filbert, finally died this year due to the filbert blight (Anisogramma anomata). On the up side, I was able to use some of the bush to make a neat Halloween tree. I think it looks so cool. I “planted” it in a pot, added rocks to hold the stem in place, and decorated it with paper bats. I love the twisted branches!
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Make Your Own Clever Stick Door Handle

This is a door handle fashioned from a stick. It was on a cabin door at a camp I was at recently.

I love it!

It wouldn’t be too hard to make one. Cut the stick, drill holes, and add screws. It looks like whoever made this handle just wrapped some string around the exposed screw threads.

I might make some drawer handles, or make a handle for a cabinet.

If you make one, I’d love for you to send me a picture.

Osage-orange Ball Craft

Have fun making moody osage-orange guys. Collect natural materials such as cherry stems, beans, acorns and other seeds… Mix and match to create amusing characters.

An osage-orange (Maclura pomifera)  is a tree not native to Maryland but can be found growing here. My husband remembers having wars with his friends; they would throw them at each other. Boys!

I call this one the Grinch.

I call this one Oscar the Grouch.

I call this one Dude.