Monday, May 20, 2013

Painted twig and pipe cleaner wall art

Hi everyone!

Today's craft was inspired by my love for sunny weather, typography, and pipe cleaners.  Lately, Chuck and I have been going to the park a lot.  We live in an urban environment, so he's always tickled pink to see living, green things.  Two weeks ago the dandelions were in their full fluffy white splendor, so he spent the afternoon crying "bubbles, bubbles," as he ripped them out of the ground and blew their seeds everywhere. (Sorry city gardeners.  He knows not what he does.)

Anyway, while he blew his "bubbles," I found myself hoardinig scavenging for sticks.  After seeing Ginette Lapalme's bright and colorful painted sticks, I kept wanting to make my own version.  Here's my super easy, kid-friendly painted stick craft:

- Sticks
- Pipe cleaners
- Yarn
- Scissors
- Glue
- Paint
- Paint brushes
- Mod Podge and foam brush (optional)

1.  Collect some sticks.

2.  Play around with your sticks and see which ones best make a frame shape.  Then, practice bending your pipe cleaner letters.

-  You could always write out the words on paper first and use your handwriting to guide you. I ended up just going for it and practicing with a bunch of pipe cleaners first to see what looked best.

-  Make sure to leave extra pipe cleaner bits in the beginning and end of each word.  You'll use those bits to attach your words to your frame.

I needed more pipe cleaner in the front and back of each word to attach the words to the frame

3.  Paint your sticks.  After painting them, coat them with a layer of Mod Podge to protect your paint job.

4.  Use pipe cleaners to connect all four twigs together in a frame shape.  Then, attach your pipe cleaner letters to the frame.  Tie a bit of yarn to the top of your frame so that it can be hung.  Use glue to secure any knots.

Tada!  Now you have your very own piece of colorful artwork.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this craft.  If you try to make your own painted stick wall art, I'd love to see your handiwork.