Garden decorations don’t get any more eco-conscious than this – recycling fallen sticks and tree prunings into outdoor art. They’re easy to make, look wonderfully quirky and add a lovely touch of rustic style to any outdoor area.
Gather your supplies
• Sheet 12mm marine plywood
• Paper (A2 or A1 is ideal)
• Collection of sticks (look for straight ones)
• Selleys Liquid Nails Clear
You’ll also need
Jigsaw; drill and bits; sanding block and sandpaper; black pond-liner paint; outdoorsuitable hooks and eyelets; sharp secateurs and loppers
Step 1 Print out letters onto A2 or A1 paper. Trace letters onto sheet of marine plywood.
Step 2 Use jigsaw to cut out basic shapes of letters.
Step 3 To cut out internal sections, start by drilling a pilot hole. Use a drill bit that is slightly larger than jigsaw blade.
Step 4 Wrap sandpaper around sanding block and use to smooth and tidy edges of plywood letters.
Step 5 Coat letters in black pond-liner paint. Allow to dry.
Step 6 Cut all sticks to size before gluing them down. To do this, position them horizontally on letter and trim to size using sharp secateurs (use loppers for larger sticks). Ensure sticks slightly overhang marine ply, so backing will be completely covered.
Step 7 Continue arranging sticks, using a variety of thicknesses within about 5mm of each other. Choose pieces that are as straight as possible and avoid any with knots or knobs. Be sure to mix up colours and thickness for extra interest.
Step 8 When you’re happy with your arrangement, lift sticks to side of letter and start gluing them down. Work section by section, so the glue won’t dry before you position pieces. Wipe away excess glue.
Step 9 Attach eyelets to back of each letter. Attach hooks to fence and hang letters in place.