I spread the sticks on my outdoor table over newspaper and with a foam brush added glue along them as much as I could. I worked in areas with a tray underneath to catch stray glitter, or most of it. You would not want to do this on a windy day!
It was a bit of a fiddle but I enjoy it so it was ok. Spray glue would be a faster way to do it. I would move the tray along, scoop out the fallen glitter and re use until I had fairly well covered branches. Really you need a few patches of glitter per stick, not total coverage.
You could also use small beads, crystals, anything sparkly for this.
Then I added glitter to some little nests I have. I bought these a few years ago from an online craft store, they were very inexpensive. I have used them in several projects. The little eggs were also from an online craft store. Once dry the easily nestled in between my branches and looked super sparkly.
The birds are new Christmas decorations and were about $2 each. They clip on anything and looked right size wise too. Two nests are for the Christmas tree on Sunday when we put that up.
it's an example of how a little glitter turns ordinary items into Christmas decorations. You can make gorgeous displays for so little. The nests would be a lovely project for kids home from school, they would have great fun with this.
My vase of sticks looks much better than a vase of sticks sounds! It sparkles so much near a window and looks so pretty. And my little bird seems to be happily nesting away in her sparkly nest!