Colorful Twigs for flower arrangements or vases

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As a part of my effort to get through the winter in relatively good spirits, I have decided to make a few changes to my home. In this post I talked about introducing more color into my home in an effort to make winter a bit more cheerful.

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy way to introduce more color by adding embroidery floss to twigs I gathered in the park. I like gather branches with more interesting shapes but straight sticks can be interesting and a lot easier to handle if you’re not so great at arranging flowers. After brushing off dirt and lose bark, I painted my branches with a simple coat of white acrylic paint. After the paint is dry, take various colors of embroidery floss and wrap tightly around the branch, creating a band of color. To make the embroidery floss stick, I used E-6000 glue (like I do for everything! You gotta love that glue!) and made a small strip of glue down the length of where I wanted to put the string. I secured the end with another small dab of glue if it was needed. You can use your colorful branches in a flower arrangement, or you can simply put them in a vase by themselves! I made two versions, one with paint and one with the natural wood showing. I think I like the natural wood because of the earthy vibe it has.

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