Raise your hand if you like collecting and decorating with sticks? Umm… hopefully I am not the only one :). I find sticks and tree branches to be unique and beautiful. Their wood is neutral and you can dress them up or transform them to go with any décor.
In this DIY post I am sharing a stick tree and clay ornaments with an Easter twist. I made this stick tree at home with my kiddos to put out over the season of lent and help remind us of what Jesus did on Easter.
Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter
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-block of wood (at least 3″ long)
-stick with lots of branches
-air dry clay (my favorite is,DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clay, 2.2 Pound Block, White (387500))
For the Stick Tree
1)After finding your perfect stick. Cut a heavy block of wood (any scrap wood would do). I used some leftover cherry wood we had in our garage but pallet wood or even a 2 by 4 would work.
I drilled a hole in the center of the block about 3/4 in for the branch to fit.
Lastly, I sanded the block down with our handy dandy orbital sander.
2)I rolled up a small clay ball and stuck it inside of the hole and placed the stick on top of it. I placed more clay around the base of the stick to help strengthen the tree in kind of a volcano like shape.
It takes a good 24 hours for it all to dry.
3)I covered the base of the stick with some moss to hide the clay and give the tree some color and a little more interest. You can use a glue gun to help secure the moss to the wood block.
For the Clay Ornaments
1)Roll out the clay on a cutting board or a piece of wax paper to about 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch think.
2)Cut out your clay shapes using cookie cutters. You can use a spatula to separate your clay shapes from the board. (if you rolled out your ornaments on wax paper than this step isn’t necessary)
Using a chop stick make a hole close to the top to make it easier to hang your ornament from later.
3)Using alphabet stamps I stamped out the different verses and quotes I wanted to add. Don’t worry too much about the quotes looking perfect. I think the handmade imperfections add to the charm of the project.
The kids even stamped some too. They chose to write, “He is awesome” and God gives me Peace.”
4)Let your ornaments air dry for 24-48 hours. Flip them over halfway through.
I had mine dry out on a paper plate. Once dry you can sand any rough edges.
5)If the clay you are using isn’t the color you want you can paint it. I chose to spray paint mine white because I am a neutral girl. You can also use acrylic paints or even markers to get it to be the color you want.
6)Cut string to about 6″ long and knot it around each ornament. Hang them up being carefully to distribute their weight equally so the tree won’t topple over :).
For our church’s women’s retreat this year I was asked to come up with a craft that everyone could make and take home. One of our theme verses for the retreat was “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” John 15:5
The sticks grounded in the wood were to represent our branches when we are joined in Christ and the clay ornaments stamped with joy, love and friendship is the fruit we bear when we abide in Him.
I loved the craft so much that I decided to make another one for our Easter table.
Don’t forget to pin my DIY Stick Tree & Clay Ornaments for Easter!
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