And I love them.
So I made some.
Couldn't be easier.
The only tricky part is finding sticks that the bark has been worn off of. Worn, not sanded is definitely key here. A little bit of sanding is okay--but there is a difference in appearance on the sticks that have worn naturally and those that have been sanded down. We went on a hike the other day as a family and I found a lot of great sticks that fit the bill. (And yes--for those that know me well--you did read that right. A hike. We went on a hike on same nature trails near our house. I even wore tennis shoes--but in an uncharacteristic move didn't document it with a picture. But I assure you--the hike happened.)
So, in addition to your sticks you'll need a variety of acrylic paints, some brushes, and a sheet of sandpaper.
Sand the sticks ever so lightly just to get rid of any extra pieces of bark. But no worries if you want to skip this step--so long as the bark is mostly gone to begin with.
And then? Just start painting. Stripes, bands of color, triangles, dots, and imperfect designs are best.
Let your kids help you with this--it's the key to a quality DIY in my book. My daughter is more focused and engrossed in projects when we're doing them together and I think it's important to let little, little kids play with different kinds of art mediums. Don't be afraid of the mess. It's acrylic paint.....it will come out of most things--especially when you're outside wearing paint shirts. She's been painting with them for two years now.....she gets more precise and careful every time she does it.
Have a great night! And try this! It's totally easy.