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Looking for a unique way to display flower arrangements at the cottage? Fashion a nature-inspired box using little more than twigs gathered from the great outdoors. Or, if you're unable to find suitable sticks from the forest for this project, you can purchase small bundles at a craft store or dollar store.
What you'll need: Two small bundles of branches, a small box or fruit quart, ribbon, a hot glue gun and glue, and a pair of strong scissors or clippers.
Step 1: Cut the twigs
Hold a twig next to the container to determine where to cut—the twigs should be about half an inch longer than the container. Use your first twig as a reference for how long to cut the rest of the twigs, though they shouldn't all be the exact same size. The inconsistency in length adds to the piece's rustic appeal.
Step 2: Add glue to base
Once you have enough twigs to cover one side of the box, add glue to the base.
Step 3: Place the twigs
Add one layer of twigs across one side of the box. Once this is complete, you may need to add more glue and twigs in areas where you find holes. Repeat steps one, two, and three on each side of the box. Tip: You won't have to worry as much about covering the entire box if you use one that is dark-coloured like the one pictured above.
Step 4: Add glue for ribbon
At this point, you'll notice glue sticking out at the base. The ribbon not only adds a decorative element, but it also helps cover any excess glue. Add another layer of glue to secure the ribbon.
Step 5: Wrap ribbon
Wrap the ribbon around the base of the box.
A flower box made from the forest floor
Place your flowers and vase inside this charming box, which becomes a unique and beautiful way to present arrangements at a cottage party or wedding.