As soon as I saw it I imagined it would make a great Witches Wand for Halloween! The first thing to do was to strip it (old potato peelers are great for this task)...
I gave it a wash with some soap and left it to dry overnight.
To make the Wand 'handle' I cut a small piece of felt and hot glued it to the stick, wrapping and tucking the ends in as best as I could....
I cut a second, longer piece and glued that on to give it a longer 'handle'..
Next, I took some copper wire and coiled each end loosely...
and wrapped it around the join between the two pieces of felt to embellish the handle a little..
Then I took a much longer piece of wire and did a similar thing at the top of the felt but this time wrapping it all the way up the stick and then back down in a 'criss-cross' fashion.
I used tweezers to 'tweak' the wire which both added a nice effect and tightened it onto the stick.
After that I just got hold of lots of beads, charms and glass nuggets and, using a dark green covered wire, began to wrap and attach them all the way up and down the stick in a random fashion (from the handle to the tip).
A final piece of copper wire was added to the tip - it's really up to you how you decorate your wand - just go wild!
All you need now is a tall black pointy hat and you are ready to cast a few spells ;-)
All photos & text (c) Addicted to Making 2014