This is an easy and fun Fall inspired project. I picked up these branches while walking my dog in the nearby park. To sterilize wood you can actually bake it in the oven at 250F for about 30 min (I did not do this, but have baked drift wood in the past for our hermit crab). Also, you can spray-paint branches if desired. For the container, pick something that has a relatively wide base and is not breakable (just in case your project tilts). To make this stable fill your container with glass vase fillers or small river rocks (I already had glass vase fillers).
I will definitely have to show you more of my stars and the moon necklace (above). It is so much like Dolce and Gabbana AW2011 star prints. I found this amazing celestial necklace at my favorite local antiques shop for only $2 or $3 several weeks ago.