How to Make Homemade Walking Canes

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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.

Items you will need

  • Large stick

  • Utility knife

  • Sandpaper

  • Wood stain

  • Paintbrush

  • Weather sealant

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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