Learn how to make a vase with twigs for a beautiful and simple rustic centerpiece you can use on your deck, porch, or patio all season long.
Using items from natural elements is a big part of this blog. Today I'm sharing how to make a vase with twigs from your backyard. I love the way this looks.
How to Make a Vase from Twigs
I used a regular plastic 1 liter water bottle to start. However, you can use a 2 liter bottle of soda or really anything in your recycling bin. Even an old glass vase or jar would work.
You can cut the bottle with scissors but it may end up quite jagged so I covered the edge with tape.
Gather sticks and small branches from the yard. There have been many rainstorms here lately resulting in many sticks and twigs all over our property. Go for sticks or twigs that are relatively straight and about the same width. Also, I think thinner twigs look best.
Measure the height of your vase by holding a twig to the side and cutting it to your desired length. I made mine about 1/4-1/2 inch above the top edge. Then cut all the twigs to the same size. I ended up using around 50 twigs.
Note: If you are going to use this vase indoors you may want to cook the twigs on low heat in the oven on a baking tray for about an hour. This should kill any bugs or larvae.
Next, use black spray paint or use craft paint to cover the plastic. This way if there is any tiny space between the twigs you won't notice. You could also use a piece of paper to cover the plastic.
I used my handy dandy glue gun next to glue each twig to the plastic base. You can push gently on the inside with one hand while pressing the twig with glue on the outside to make sure it stays in place.
If you are concerned about the heat, consider wearing disposable gloves during this process.
Here it is. A simple DIY resulting in a fabulous rustic vase. You could also use this as a container to hold pencils, brushes, and all kinds of things.
I had peony centerpieces in mind when I made this vase. I love a nice neat tight cluster of flowers, especially peonies as a centerpiece. So pretty and it's easy to see guests on the other side of the table. Later this summer I think hydrangeas will be beautiful in this decorative twig vase.
However, you can certainly go taller if you want.
Even something as simple as these wild carefree buttercup flowers look good in this rustic twig vase.
- Large plastic water or other beverage bottle
- Masking or painter's tape
- Black spray paint or craft paint
- Twigs from the yard
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Cut the plastic bottle to your desired height.
- Wrap masking or painter's tape on the cut edge.
- Spray paint the container with black spray paint.
- Gather somewhat straight sticks and twigs from the yard.
- Cut them about 1/4 taller than the plastic cup.
- Hot glue the twigs onto the plastic.
- Fill with water and flowers.
Consider wearing a disposable glove when working with hot glue for protection.
If you plan to use this indoors you may want to cook any bugs out of the wood by placing the twigs on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour.
You can continue to decorate the vase with ribbon, a piece of twine, or raffia tied around the middle or top. However, I like the natural look just as it is.