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Upcycling nature: sticks and stones and shells

Rocks and Shells


Over the summer the office I work in decided to update the lobby. While I was in favour of it and agreed with most of the decisions I had a small (big) problem with the decor—with one item in particular. Sticks. I see these things everywhere, and I know you can pick up a bundle for $10 or so at any number of local retailers.

My issue? The fact these same sticks could have all been collected outside and prettied up to look as good if not better than the store bought versions.

Store Bought Sticks

Here’s how:

Take a walk in a well treed area with a sturdy bag. While you’re out collect the longest, thinnest fallen branches you can find. I suggest trending towards birch branches but really any tree branch will do. When you’re finished collecting clean off any unwanted debris and spray with a glossy coat of polyurethane. Allow the branches to dry completely and style as desired, in a vase, against the wall, or however you envision it!

Silver Sticks


There is SO much you can do with stones to make your space beautiful. Take a turn on Pinterest for inspiration. You can paint designs on them, you can crochet little coats for them, you can pile them up in a vase or candy dish.

Rocks and Shells Decor

I always grab a few rocks from wherever I’m visiting and try to do something interesting with them…lately I’ve used them in my guest bath, trying to create a spa-like feel without any actual steam or massages.

Rock Decor


If you live anywhere near an ocean you’ve undoubtedly collected your share of sea shells. But what do you do with them afterward? Once the shells are cleaned and sand-free they make amazing and beautiful decorations in any room.

Shells Decor

You can put them in jars, glue them to picture frames, and even repurpose larger ones into soap dishes or bookends. Really, if you can dream it you can do it. Just make sure there’s nothing still occupying the shells or you will have a different problem on your hands.

Working full time as a writer, editor and audio broadcast producer should be enough. But instead of resting after a long work day Robyn sets to creating havoc in her space by attempting more DIY, upcycle and knitting projects than she has room for. Her husband is a patient man.

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