Introduction:Learn to use what nature already provides. Reuse twigs and branches for other uses.
Save money on store bought fire starters, such as artificial logs and starting fluid. Pick up fallen sticks, twigs, and small branches and place into a box or bin, protected from moisture. Allow to dry and use to start campfires, or wood burning stoves.
Very small sticks can be used to create natural crafts. Use several and tie together into a star pattern, using twine to tie ends, for a frugal Christmas tree ornament.
Large branches with extending limbs can be brought inside and placed into a large flower pot or heavy vase. Attach artificial flowers to a few branches to decorate a dresser, kitchen table or table top.
Teach a dog to fetch, by tossing a thicker, short portion of a tree branch. It becomes a fun free toy for dogs, and the running provides good exercise for pets.
Tree branches or tree limbs can be used for drama, celebrations, or holiday costumes. A thick branch can be used for a cane or director's wand. Of course, young children with sticks will need to use caution for safety reasons.
Hikers can use fallen tree branches for a useful walking stick while camping or hiking.
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