Colorful Painted Craft Sticks

by Amy on August 18, 2014

Sometimes, it’s fun to paint or draw on something other than paper. A jumbo craft stick is the perfect canvas for creating a mini-masterpiece. We tried two different painting materials on our craft sticks – watercolors and acrylic craft paints. I asked my girls which type of paint was their favorite for craft stick painting, but they couldn’t decide!

Painting craft sticks with kids

These are so fun to make – I bet your kids will want to paint a bunch like my girls did! I set-up two painting stations – a palette of acrylic paints and small containers of liquid watercolors.

Near the acrylic paints, I had assorted paintbrushes, water for rinsing brushes, and a rag for drying.  The acrylic paints cover the wood craft stick with nice, solid color.

Craft sticks and acrylic paint

The paint dried fairly quickly, so we were able to paint a solid color, set it aside for a few minutes, then come back and add dots, stripes, and other designs. We only painted one side of our craft sticks, but you could certainly let them dry and paint the back, too.

Painting wood craft sticks

I thought trying a watercolor resist might be fun, so I put out oil pastels with the watercolors. Crayons would work, too! The oil pastel and watercolor resist technique worked great, especially with a light-colored pastel and a darker watercolor. I left the liquid watercolors almost full-strength (I usually dilute with water), for bolder colors.

Oil pastels and watercolors on craft sticks

Have a couple paper towels or tissues on hand for soaking up extra watercolor paint.

Painting craft sticks with watercolors

Once you’ve had your fill of craft stick painting, what will you do with them? They are fun to just play with, but here are a few more project ideas for your pretty painted sticks:

Fun painted craft stick project for kids

What would you make with a stack of painted craft sticks? Happy creating!


Apple Stamped Cards for Back to School

by Marie August 15, 2014
Apple Stamping Cards for Teacher

Apples just seem to shout… “Back to School”!! So we’re sharing a take on the apple by making art with an apple stamp. Find all those bad and bruised apples and slice them in half to make these apple stamped cards! You could make a whole set of cards to gift to teacher. They will love […]

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by Marie August 13, 2014
Asparagus Bacon and Egg Side Dish

I’m always looking for ways to spice up my veggies for dinner. I love asparagus, but there’s only so many ways to eat it as a plain ol’ side dish. For today’s recipe, I’m adding in a few other yummy ingredients to bring asparagus to whole new level! This recipe can be your main meal or served […]

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Felt Goodie Bag for Teacher

by Marie August 12, 2014
Felt Gift Bags for Teacher

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by Amy August 11, 2014

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Make a Dreamcatcher with Baker’s Twine and Yarn

by Francine August 8, 2014
Make a Dreamcatcher by Francine Clouden for Make and Takes-14

I’ve long been fascinated by dreamcatchers, and still have one that I bought in Arizona over 10 years ago. I even made one as an embellishment to use on a scrapbook page! I finally decided to try my hand at making another for my wall this time, using my craft stash. Supplies to Make Dreamcatchers: […]

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by Amy August 6, 2014

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by Marie August 4, 2014
DIY Clipboard Using Dry Erase Duct Tape

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by Rachel August 2, 2014
Camping Craft Campfire

I love camping. I hope when I have kids they love camping as much as my husband and I do. I can’t wait to try out this adorable faux campfire craft with my nieces and nephews! I think all kids would love to make their own campfire for playtime! This is a perfect summer project for […]

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by Marie July 31, 2014
Making Frozen Syrup Ice Cream Sundaes

My dad was always one who never had enough topping for his ice cream or cake! So I’ve come up with this idea for him, surrounding our ice cream with syrup on ALL sides! I’ve partnered with Hershey’s Syrup to share a fun and different way to assemble your summer ice cream sundaes, frozen style! Before dinner, ask […]

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Washi Tape Summer Sippin’ Straws

by Marie July 29, 2014
Washi Tape Straw Sippers

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Make a Giant Yarn Spider Web in the Woods

by Marie July 28, 2014
Giant Yarn Spider Web in the Woods

One of my favorite activities to set up for the kids while we’re camping is a Giant Yarn Spider Web! It’s super simple to do and lasts the whole weekend of our camping trip! All you need is a ball of yarn! Nothing fancy needed. But I do love the variegated color yarn, making it easy […]

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by Rachel July 24, 2014

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by Francine July 22, 2014
Summer Mini-Album from a Vintage Book Cover by Francine Clouden for Make and Takes-9

I’ve been experimenting with using vintage book covers lately. I have quite a few of them left back after removing the vintage book pages, and what better way to give them new life than to make them into “new” books? This kind of mini is pretty simple to make, and just perfect for recording day […]

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by Amy July 21, 2014

I hope you aren’t hearing “I’m bored!” too often this summer. My girls have been thoroughly enjoying their downtime! They are both spending lots of time drawing in their sketchbooks, so I hunted down a few online how-to-draw resources for them to check out. My girls definitely go through phases with following drawing instructions – […]

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15 Watermelon DIY Projects to Make

by Rachel July 17, 2014
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Watermelon just screams summer to me! It’s the perfect summer fruit. Not only does it hit the spot on a hot day, but it’s one of the prettiest fruits out there! There have been a lot of cute watermelon crafts and recipes circling the web these days. I searched around and found 15 super awesome watermelon […]

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by Marie July 16, 2014
Grilled Brussel Sprout Kabobs

Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to grill! We’ve been barbecuing 3-4 times a week as I just can’t resist the ease and flavor of a grilled dinner. Whatever you might be cooking up, these grilled brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish to add to your meal. Place them on a skewer for a […]

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by Francine July 15, 2014
Open Ended Art With Kids by Francine Clouden for Make & Takes-10

My favorite kind of activity to do with Kieran is open-ended: those with no particular finished product in mind. I love seeing his creativity blossom this way: he is in total control of the activity, and I never know where it will lead. Some days that means just getting out paper, paints and crayons and […]

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by Amy July 14, 2014

My girls love the freedom of creating abstract art projects. They can experiment with colors, shapes, and lines and really enjoy the creative process. For this project, we’re basically making a piece of art, cutting it up, and gluing it down to make a whole new creation. Draw, cut, collage! Pretty much anything goes as […]

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by Rachel July 9, 2014
pineapple honeycomb

Pineapples are so in right now. Who knew, right? I love this new pineapple craft, DIY, style trend. I love their color and I think their shape is so interesting and fun. When I saw this pineapple honeycomb DIY from Alison of The Alison Show, I instantly knew I had to make this for a […]

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