Wood Stick Vase

Wood Stick Vase



The other day the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and the grass was growing….

….and I wanted to bring a little of spring inside.

The dining room table still had little bit of winter and I wanted to redo the table…..

….and I didn’t want to spend any money.

Actually…..I couldn’t.

I gave it all to Uncle Sam on April 15. πŸ™‚

Β wood-stick-vase-how-to

But the dining room table was not to be denied.

And I live in the country.

In the country we have cows and sheep and hay trucks and chicken barns and horse barns and white fences….

….and sticks.

I have extra if you need some. Β πŸ™‚


And when you are low on funds and high on sticks.

You end up with as spring table decorated for absolutely nothing.

Good thing.

I need to start saving for next April 15, 2015. πŸ™‚


Wood Stick Vase




clear glass vase


hot glue


Are you ready for the tutorial?

Pay close attention because if you blink you might miss it.

Step 1: Β Glue sticks to vase


Step 2: Β Glue more sticks to the vase

Vary the heights to make them look like art instead of sticks from the yard.

Add another layer where needed so you can’t see the vase.

Then fill with flowers from the yard.


And here’s the official wood stick vase maker.

Her name is Hannah and she will be interning for the summer here at thistlewood.

She is funny and smart and creative…..

….and likes an amazing pair of earrings as much as I do. πŸ™‚

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  1. Thanks for the great idea. Best part, it is free!
    I used sticks to make a sunburst mirror. It turned out great!

  2. Your posts make me smile…..love your style of writing and your inspirational ideas.

  3. Shout to Hannah! When you introduced your intern, it reminded me of Sonja from RHONYC with all her interns! πŸ™‚ Oh, and amen to the April 15th savings plan!

  4. OMG! You have an Uncle Sam too??? I KNEW you and I were related. I bet he hits you up for money all the time doesn’t he? One time we tried hiding from him but he knew where we were and he found us πŸ™ We had to “contribute” to his latest cause even though we told him we didn’t agree — didn’t matter we ended caving in and giving him what he said we “owed”. Love the sticks — those didn’t have thorns on them did they? The sticks look like our rose cuttings — boy those things hurt. I am going to make a stick vase — I better go back to studying the tutorial I want to be sure I get it right. Have a wonderful day!! Why don’t you take pictures of your earrings — you know my earring of the day sort of thing. πŸ™‚

  5. Great idea! I’ll be gathering sticks today!
    Xo Heidi

  6. Hannah is a lucky gal to have such a great internship! Love the vases!

  7. Great idea! I have a beautiful birch tree that drops sticks like nobody’s business. I should put that tree to work. I wish I could intern at Thistlewoodfarm. But my poor family would go hungry and appear homeless. They don’t take notes… they’re spoiled πŸ˜‰

  8. Hannah’s a lucky girl. She gets to follow you around and learn all about how to be fabulous. Jealous.

  9. Great vase idea! It looks wonderful and I love the price!

  10. Love the stick vase AND the intern. Maybe I could occasionally use her this summer. Bet she would love to learn all about gardening and canning. We might even do some earring shopping.

  11. Regena Fickes :

    Hi Hannah. Boy are you and KariAnne going to have fun this summer. You are both blessed to be able to spend time with each other. The vases are adorable. All I have are willow sticks and they are just too piddly. Have to visit the neighbors!

  12. Tina Matteson :

    I know I’m not the only one thinking, “How can I get to be an intern at Thistlewood next time…?” LOVE the stick vase idea; I think I will make one using an old jar.

  13. Darn, I guess I’m too old to be an intern, huh? Love your stick vases. πŸ™‚

  14. I’ve got sticks! Thanks for the idea! πŸ˜‰

  15. Love that you make incredible things from what you, and most folks, have readily available!

    Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a close up of your dining room rug. It’s even more beautiful than I thought. May I ask where you found it, please?

  16. Absolutely amazing! I love it! So creative and gorgeous…

  17. So very clever Miss KariAnne . I have an uncle same too….and he always wants something! Ha.
    While I do like the stick vase idea, I love the photographs of the beautiful flowers. Very spring.

  18. Barbara Bussey :

    I need to get a Hannah!! Calling all Hannah’s in Sacramento! Fun summer ahead!

  19. What fabulous vases!…Perfect for my porches!….and when Hannah feels the need to travel, send her my way!…but don’t tell my granddaughter…she thinks she is my “intern/stylist”…and actually she is!!!…Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. What a super idea..Very pretty.

  21. Simple. Rustic. Beautiful.

    Thank you

  22. Hey! I think I have a set of dollar store vases gathering dust on a shelf … and my back yard is full of sticks … and this is actually within my attention-span level! Hmmm. But I don’t have the pretty pink flowers–are they apple blossoms? We are finally getting daffodils–which means we’re a few weeks away from apple blossoms.

  23. Great idea and such an easy project – love! Now if only we’d get some Spring…blossoms? Heck we don’t even have buds on our trees yet πŸ™ Hi Hannah!

  24. OK, now my mind is TEEMING with stuff to do with sticks! Like, if you don’t have a plain clear vase, an old drinking glass would do! Hmmmmm . . . .

    Welcome, Hannah!! KariAnne will have you in red lipstick before it’s over! πŸ™‚

  25. Love this, KariAnne! Now this is a DIY even I can handle…sticks, glue, clippers, simple glass vases, whatever is blooming in the yard…off to the Dollar Store to see what I can find! Since both builder husband and I are self employed, Uncle Sam visits us quarterly, and we always hope that will keep him happy before his annual celebration in April…we are not always successful, however! Glad you have such beautiful blossoms on your farm:).

  26. I’m heading off to the backyard right now! Thank you!

    Hello to Hannah! Love her earrings!


  27. Welcome, Hannah.
    Have to tell you ladies, our farm is mostly hay, weeds and rocks . . . lots . . . and lots . . . of rocks. Surprisingly, there are a few creative avenues for those too.

    Great vases and are those cherry blossoms, or ?

  28. You got at Free… Yup, the same uncle got all my money on the very same day . The nerve of him!
    Have fun with your new intern!

  29. Just adore this look. I’ve been thinking of doing a garden border in a similar way but I’m heading towards a few vases first.

  30. Oh I love this.. spring and trees were on my mind this week too! Got great pics of dogwoods as well as took time to write on blog why they mean so much to me. Saying that I wish I would have had this idea when my special trees died. What a neat way to save them as well any special tree you would to own a part of forever.
    Thank you for sharing!

  31. Yea boy, that Uncle Sam is a greedy somebody……he got all of our money too…:) however l still have my sticks and my azaleas, he didn’t want them for some reason, l guess he has a taste for the “finer” things…..how exciting to have an intern for the whole summer, of course l thought of Sonja Morgan right away..lol l am going to make me some stick vases to go on the tables out in the screened pool enclosure….Welcome Hannah, you are going to have the time of your life…

  32. What a beautiful idea. I pinned it so I won’t forget. I’m sure there are plenty of sticks in this part of the country somewhere..Happy Weekend..Judy

  33. OMG I love, love, love these, PINNED baby!!!!! Won’t have many sticks in the new yard but I will be saving this for the future and I will go to neighbors if I have to borrow sticks, LOL!!


  34. Oh my gosh those are gorgeous and so is Hannah! I love what happens when you have to make something work, it’s often better than buying something!

  35. I like it. I like it. I often find myself gathering home decor from outside…

    Welcome to Hannah!

  36. Hi Kari!

    Can you tell me where on earth you got the fabric for your dining room chairs? I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find it. Love the fancy enough but cozy enough fabric!

    Thanks so much! I love the vases!


  37. Love these … and I have a TON of sticks in the yard too!!

  38. “Low on income and high on sticks…” just made my whole night. #ILoveYou πŸ˜‰

  39. Welcome Hannah!!!! Love the sticks, I would have sticks also if Daisy (the Puppy) would stop stealing all of them! lol

  40. Such a simple and beautiful vase! AND a beautiful dining room. So great to meet you at SNAP!

  41. I love the stick vases, and have every intention of using up my stock of nice straight sticks off the crepe myrtle!!
    What I REALLY need to know is……what color are your dining room walls???? It is beautiful and serene!
    Thank you!