I have been admiring the decorating trend of using river birch branches in home decor.
Setting for Four blog featured a front porch container that knocked my socks off!
After scouring my neighborhood trails with saw-in-hand, I was unable to come up with any birch branches.
I'm crazy about these from Crate and Barrel, but at $10 bucks a stick, they are a little steep.
After spending my childhood picking up sticks in the yard, I'm pretty sure my father would not approve of my buying $100 worth of sticks for some decorating project.
Insert: my genius friend Debbie and her fabulous, frugal and functional Faux Birch Sticks!
She started out with simple dowel rods from the home improvement store. Amazon has them too if you like the convenience of delivery to your doorstep.
Simply paint your dowel rods and then loosely apply some newspaper shreds using a tacky glue like Aleene's.
Leave some of the edges curled up for a great birch effect.
After your stick is covered and painted, just stipple on some brown craft paint to simulate the birch knots in the wood.
Can you believe how natural they look?
I'd love to try to make a knock off of the Grandin Road Birch Tree.