Pom-Pom Branches - easy ideas for entertaining! Great for fall or match colors to the party theme. Would also be neat for daycare kids to use as a worry tree. When they are worried, they glue a poem poem to the branch and then let their worry go.
By the way, I HATE the newest, cutsie, pretentious word - "up cycle" - you're being creative and reusing what would otherwise be called JUNK/TRASH! Repurpose / recycle - just call it that! Up-cycle is putting lipstick on a pig!