by Sonya Weiss
When decorating your home's yard, the closer you can stay to using natural materials, the more tranquil your home will appear. Plus, it'll increase curb appeal.
One idea for a natural not to mention good for the environment look is to consider using twig-such as willow-to create backyard furnishings that are both eye-catching and functional.
Even a beginner can make rustic furniture such as a small side table and the best part of that-you'll be using items already provided by nature. Draw up a plan for how tall and wide you want the table and then go hunting for the wood in your own back yard or take a walk in a wooded area and see what you can find. You'll want four pieces of wood close to the same thickness for the legs, medium pieces for bracing the sides and smaller, thinner pieces of wood to form the tabletop.
The amount of wood you'll need will depend on the size of the table.
If you're not comfortable with the thought of drawing up your own plans for twig furniture, many online places offer free twig furniture building plans.
One item made completely from twig was a gorgeous flower arbor made from wood found around the owner's home. The arbor was so gorgeous, I decided I'd make one for my own backyard.
If you decide you'd like to expand your skills to include making items such as twig rocking chairs, you can take a twig furniture class. You can find these listed by using a search engine and looking up 'rustic furniture'.
Or, if you like the look of rustic twig furniture but don't want to make it yourself, check out companies in your area that sell that type furniture. One company is http:www.willowfurniture.ecrater.com/ and they have everything from beautiful baskets to loveseats.