Last Summer I spent quite a few afternoons pruning shrubs in the garden that had grown completely out of control during the worst of my illness. I didn’t use an electric pruner because they’re loud and leave shrubbery looking “shaved” and unnatural. Instead, I got out my hand pruning shears and loper for larger branches. The process probably took ten times longer than it should have (and it’s not officially finished). I found it very therapeutic, although I won’t spend too much time pondering why I find wielding sharp objects and chopping branches relaxing.
As I chopped away, I began looking at the branches as I threw them in the compost bin and noticing the beautiful shapes some of them made. As with many things, I thought they were too beautiful to throw away, so I threw them into a broken plastic planter under the stairs, sure I’d find something useful to do with them.
Every time I walked up the stairs to my apartment, I glanced at the pile hoping an idea would materialize. A few days ago, one finally did. I had just washed out an empty glass salsa jar and voila – the idea was born! I love homey feel of the rustic style and I think this piece would fit right in.
I already had a big spool of natural colored hemp twine that I’d used to string beads, so I used it to wrap the branches together. I found some large wooden beads that weren’t much use for jewelry making (the hole was too large) so I strung them on with the twine. It took me some time to figure out the best way to achieve the results I wanted, so I had to rewrap many of the branches before I got it right. Hopefully, the next time I make a similar tea light holder, it’ll go a little faster since I know what I’m doing now (yeah right).
Here is the finished product. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Next time I’d like to try a taller jar so I’ll be able to use some of the more uniquely shaped branches. Click the photo below to see the listing in my Catalina Inspired Etsy shop.