We turned a every day back yard stick into an awesome towel rack and the total price was just over $12.
What we bought:
2 railing brackets
Some really cheap foam brushes
What we already had:
Sand paper (various)
Tools we used:
A drill and bit
Pick a nice kinda straight stick and cut it to the right length. I used a sharp knife to peal all the bark off the sticks then sanded them down several times till they were nice and smooth. This took the most time.
Then my husband painted 3 coats of Polyurethane on the sticks. They are supposed to dry for a few hours before applying another coat but it's been super hot out and they dried really fast.
After that, the husband drilled some holes for the brackets and hung them on the wall. It looks awesome. So awesome we made two. :)