Make a vase out of sticks! Tutorial time!

By Dana Fox

I have been feeling extra crafty lately!  Did you guys like yesterday’s tutorial by my fiance?! This project is so easy, your children could do it… and the result is adorable!  Here’s how to make a woodland chic fabulous vase!

You will need:

  • Sticks and twigs
  • An empty coffee can
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hand saw or something to cut the twigs with
  • Dark paper

First gather some sticks. This was pretty easy for me, all I had to do was go outside.  Grab your coffee container. I don’t drink coffee, so I used this empty Nesquik container for my vase!

Next you’ll want to cut all of your sticks.  The height of the sticks should be about an inch higher than your container.  Some of them I was able to just snap, the others I had to use my trusty little hand saw.

Cover your can with dark paper. I used some scrap black card stock and hot glued it all the way around.  This is so that you don’t any of see the can peeking through the sticks when you’re finished.

 Then just start gluing!  This works best if your sticks are pretty straight.  I found that using some thinner/more bendy twigs helped fill in spaces and bend around some of the curves of other sticks pretty well.  Make sure that they are all pretty even around the bottom of your can, so it sits flat.

Once I was done gluing the sticks all the way around, I went back in and filled some of the tiny spaces with little extra bits of twigs to hide the can a little better!

That’s it! Can you believe it?    I tied some natural twine around mine and filled it with some autumn inspired fake flowers and things.  I had found some funky twigs outside while gathering my sticks and added them to the arrangement too :)

How cute would it be to make a bunch of these in different sizes!?  Soup cans and stew cans perhaps?

Give it a try and let me know how what you think of the final product!!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Mrs. T

    Ooo… I LOVE that!

  • Annika

    adorable! You guys are do creative :-)

  • Jessie

    That is so adorable! And easy. And it would cost like nothing to make! Definitely doing this ASAP :)


  • Kyla

    Oh, what a creative idea! And the result is so adorable too!

  • Cuppy Cakes

    Hi from

    I love this blog post! I just found myself a little project for the weekend.


  • Faith

    wow, that is incredible and so darn creative! i wish i had that rustic look going on in my home … it would be amazing!

  • Whitney

    So beautiful and easy. How do you think of stuff like this?! I LOVE doing crafts but always get my ideas from other people.. haha So doing this when I get a chance!

  • Whitney

    Oh, and I totally pinned this too =)

  • Chelsea

    That vase is absolutely beautiful! Genius idea :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Mr. Taylor and his Lady

    this is so beautiful and so simple. i will be trying this out definitely during the thanksgiving holiday. perfect!!
    xo TJ

  • Elysha

    I love this! This might be my Pinterest Friday Project this week and I'll link you up!

  • Shutterbug

    I love that I could make this right now! I have twigs outside and i have containers that I could use! :)

  • Mighty Burns

    this is a great idea! I need a hot glue gun now lol

  • Sidecarsally

    That looks very nice, but I wish you would've asked me before dumping out the rest of the Nesquick :(

  • Sara Szatmary

    OH MY GOSH! I love this!!!!!

  • bellis

    i loved the idea!!


  • Bonnie

    I always knew that there had to be a way to do this yourself! This seems like a fun project to do, and it doesn't seem overly difficult.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • dana @ wonder forest

    i am sooo glad you guys like this one! it is soooo easy!
    xox dana

  • sécia
  • Melissa Blake

    I just found your blog and SO glad I did…you've got a new follower!! :)

  • SaffaKate

    What a stunning idea! This past weekend I recieved 2 bunches of flowers, but only had 1 vase! I ended up using an old plastic cup, but this is a WAY more beautiful idea. THANKS.

  • A Lost Feather

    oh my gosh i defffffinitely want to make this! sooooooo pretty! i saw something similar but it was supposed to be a candle holder.. it looked a bit .. dangerous haha.. a flame near a bunch of dry sticks? i like your idea a LOT better. :)

  • Miss Amy

    Beautiful, simple, natural. I love it! Great job girl!

  • Ashley@EisyMorgan

    so beautiful! Love it, new follower:)

  • melissa

    This is amazing! I definitely need to add this to my list of DIYS! Officially bookmarked.

    Saying hi from Little Tree Vintage!

  • Sari

    I love this!!!
    So creative, get me my gluegun!!

  • Danielle Villano

    Hello from Little Tree Vintage! So glad to have found your blog!

    This is such a sweet project! I'd like to make one for my apartment here at school :)


  • April

    Wow. That's really creative. I just may do this!!!

  • Kaycie- Redhead Memories

    Cute!! I need to make one!

  • Ashley

    This is such a cool idea! Love how different and fun your blog is:)

  • Dawn

    What a neat idea!!

    Stopping by from Little Tree Vintage, btw. :)

  • Barttart

    I can not believe how creative you are! Love it!

  • Janet

    Great idea! I really love the look of the twigs!

  • EvA. . .

    very cool idea! Awesome :) I think you just inspired me to make one :) thanks for sharing!!!

  • Liz

    I'm in looove with this vase! Now I just need to figure out where I can find some sticks in the middle of Amsterdam… 😉

  • Mandy

    Thanks so much for this! I will be doing something like this for my wedding center pieces! U r full of awesome!

  • Pattie

    Don't you just love owning a glue gun! It makes a heck of a difference :)

    Great project to try with my nieces!

  • michele

    the twig project and your blog are lovely!

    found you via the weekend wrapup party and think you may like my special shabby chic giveaway:

    thanks so much for sharing!



  • Cooking for My Kids

    I love this idea – cute, simple, and fun. I cannot wait to make one!

  • Amy

    Wow. That is simply beautiful. So easy and yet so gorgeous. I'm pinning this for sure. And would you pretty please share it here?

  • Tanit

    a great idea!

  • Amy

    Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this tomorrow! Stop by and grab a button if you like! :)
    Thanks again for linking up!

  • Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

    Ohhh my goodness I am in love with this. So simple and so so so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing how you did everything! I am pretty sure I need about ten of these!!!! I am so happy you joined the co-hosted party at crafty scrappy happy!!!! I am now your newest fan and follower!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  • Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

    Ohhh my goodness I am in love with this. So simple and so so so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing how you did everything! I am pretty sure I need about ten of these!!!! I am so happy you joined the co-hosted party at crafty scrappy happy!!!! I am now your newest fan and follower!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  • Ashley

    Love this idea!!! Came over from follower fest!!!!

  • Mary

    Love it! Thanks for sharing

  • Megs

    oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE this!!! and I love your whole blog. I'm so glad I found it!

    I'm your newest follower from the Fall Follow Fest :)

  • brittany johnson

    hey i'm a new follower. this is super cute! can't wait to see more!

  • Jess Gatlyn

    love this post! love your blog and you are just fabulous! i found you from the fall fest link up! yay! a new fav place for me to explore! :)

  • Unknown

    So cute! I just did my own "grab sticks from the yard and make something" post over at my blog: Think I'll have to make a vase like yours soon!

  • Unknown

    So cute! I just did my own "grab sticks from outside and make something post: I think I'll have to try making one of theses soon!

  • Kylee Noelle {blog}

    Such a great idea! So easy and adorable. I totally want to make one. I work over at and submitted this project to be featured in the DIY section!

  • kmoore

    Love this little vase. I made one today and was so pleased with how it turned out. I'm using it to display the colorful leaves we collected this fall. Thanks for sharing!

  • samantha

    gorgeous! love the look of your vase, I'll definitely have to try to make my own!

  • Christina P.

    LOVE THIS! Gonna try it out and link this on my blog, too!