A stroll through the woods or even a trip to the backyard will yield most of the no-cost materials needed to create the nature-inspired decorative items featured here. Using very basic tools and supplies (pruning shears, hammer and nails, wire, glue, and twine), the authors whip together twig-bedecked baskets, lampshades, desk accessories, clocks, frames, bathroom caddies, window treatments, and dollhouse furniture, as well as such major pieces as a headboard and faux mantel. Directions are adequate for these generally simple projects, but more photographs of the finished product would have been preferable to the colored drawings that illustrate most projects. --Amy Handy
From Library Journal
Bethmann and Fox fill their book with rustic-style projects to be made from natural materials. They begin with what types of tree materials to collect and how to go about it, they explain the supplies needed, and they illustrate the common techniques used for the projects, such as binding and notching. The easy-to-follow projects that follow range from simple to complex. Whereas Abby Ruoff's Making Rustic Originals (LJ 5/15/99) explained how to add rustic accents to existing furniture and decorative accessories, most of the projects here show how to create new items, such as plant stands and dollhouses, wholly from twigs. Public libraries should purchase where nature crafts are popular.
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