Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Painting Sticks, Summer Bucket List

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One of our summer bucket list pulls from last week was "Paint sticks".  Its amazing to me how much my kids like to paint...anything! This was such a fun and simple project for them.  I loved that it engaged them for a better part of the day and it was relatively free.

painting sticks

It was agreed that while Little J had his swim team practice that Juiciness, Sassyfras and I would go on a walk and find enough sticks for everyone to paint later.  I think they enjoyed the stick hunt almost as much as they enjoyed painting them later.

Little Wonders' Days

Fortunately there were some afternoon thunderstorms last week that knocked some dead limbs from the trees.  It made gathering much easier.

Little Wonders' Days

Painting sticks at Little Wonders' Days

After gathering our sticks, this is how we painted them:
  1. We started by pruning any sharp ends from the sticks.
  2. Then we washed them to remove any surface dirt.
  3. The kids then sanded them to remove any flaky bark and made them nice and smooth.
  4. Then the fun started.  I set out various acrylic paints and brushes.  They used the foam brushes to cover large areas.
  5. Once the first coats of paint dried, they used the smaller brushes to add details.  Sassyfras added polka dot (or poky dots as she calls them) Juiciness added some "drips", and Little J made some squiggly lines.

painted sticks via Little Wonders' Days

I couldn't resist not painting a stick (with a little help) too.  I used a sharpie marker to write a quick note and date.  They are sitting in a glass vase on our kitchen table now.

Painted sticks via Little Wonders' Days


Anonymous said...

What a fun activity! I love that you have them in a vase! What a pretty way to display them!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This is such a fun and simple idea. It looks like you are really enjoying this summer.

The Monko said...

I love the simplicity of this activity

Gina said...

These are so pretty! What a fun project. :)

Unknown said...

This is so fun...and great to use as a centerpiece! Doing this so very soon!

Angela said...

Awesome! And we have those bolga baskets too...so in love with them! :)

Crafty Mischief said...

Cute idea!

Unknown said...

Great idea! We are still collecting sticks around the yard from the crazy storms we got in Ohio a couple weeks ago. This would be a fun way to use some of them. :)

Helen Handley said...

So much fun- a great excuse for a nature walk, an activity and a decoration all in one. Popping by from Sun Scholars. I blog over at http://thehandleyhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/earning.html. Stop by and say hi!

Unknown said...

I have been wanting to try this for awhile. Your sticks turned out so well! I hope you link up to The Outdoor Play Party tomorrow. =)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

What a clever idea! You always come up with such fun ideas =-)

Earning-My-Cape said...

What a fun activity! The sticks turned out great! I love this idea!
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

Sherri said...

This is so fun!
I'll have to post the painted sticks my kids made...just to show you Chelsea's pencil! I love kids!!

Charlene Juliani said...

My kids love to paint everything and anything too! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!!

maggy, red ted art said...

Your stick look wonderful and irresistible. We need to make some!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


Rebecca English said...

Oh what a lovely day. I think the sticks look so pretty. This is now on my bucket list too!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful way to spend a summer's day! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party.

Unknown said...

Just wanted to pop back and let you know that I featured this post on this week's Outdoor Play Party - thanks again for sharing it!