How to Make Homemade Walking Canes

by Aryeh Raphael
Walking canes for hiking can easily be made at home.

Walking canes for hiking can easily be made at home.

A walking cane is a useful tool when hiking or going on nature walks. They help you distribute weight as you walk and provide extra support when you begin to grow weary. Making a homemade walking cane is a great way to save money and really connect with nature. You can make one for yourself exactly to your liking or make a unique gift for a friend. A homemade walking cane requires only a few materials and you may have several of them on hand already.

  1. Find a large stick of 5 or 6 feet in length. It should have a circumference a bit bigger than the handle of a baseball bat.

  2. Use a utility knife to remove all the bark from the branch.

  3. Let the branch dry in a warm, dry place for three or four weeks.

  4. Sand the dry branch with sandpaper until it is smooth and even all over.

  5. Apply wood stain to your branch. Use a paintbrush to cover the whole branch.

  6. Let the stain dry and apply a second coat if needed.

  7. Apply a weather sealant to the walking cane to protect it during use outdoors.

Items you will need

  • Large stick
  • Utility knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Weather sealant


  • Go to a park or camping ground to find interesting branches to use as canes.


  • To avoid splinters, be sure to remove any tiny wood fragments when sanding.

About the Author

Aryeh Raphael has a degree in journalism and has worked with Fortune 1000 companies helping them to increase their online brand exposure through innovative website design, content creation, advertising and marketing. Additionally, Raphael is a writer for a slew of high-traffic blogs, including eHow and Tech Crunch.

Photo Credits

  • old man holding his walking cane image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com