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Kid’s Art: Painted Stick Sculptures

Our painted stick sculptures are finished. We assembled the painted driftwood sticks into two mobile-like or wind-chime-like thingies … we even tried blowing on them (like a breeze) and they do kind of clack together to make a gentle comforting sound. I really love these art pieces. So much I’m going to make one myself, for our porch.

painted stick sculptureWoohoo! We finished our stick sculptures! Ema and Adia assembled the painted driftwood sticks into two mobile-like or wind-chime-like thingies … we even tried blowing on them (like a breeze) and they do kind of clack together to make a gentle comforting sound. I really love these art pieces. So much I’m going to make one myself, for our porch.

painted hanging sticks hanging painted sticksSupplies and Tools Needed for This Project:

  • driftwood sticks, preferably already smoothed out
  • 1 longer driftwood stick for the horizontal piece
  • acrylic paints
  • brushes in various sizes
  • drill and tiny drill bit (bit size depends on size of your sticks. We used a 1/16 inch bit)
  • clear fishing line (mono-filament)
  • hot glue
  • enthusiasm and perseverance

painted stick sculptureNot exactly instructions, but you can see us painting and drilling the stick in this post

sticksculpture03-impA few tips we discovered as we made these painted stick sculptures:

  • limit the paint colors to get harmonious results
  • drill the holes after you paint, or be ready to poke them again with something like a t-head straight pin.
  • The hot glue dabs on the horizontal stick could be considered unsightly. I don’t mind them. It was the easiest way we could think to make sure the sticks didn’t all slide together and get tangled.
  • You can make just about any kind of assembly with these painted sticks. They don’t have to become a hanging sculpture. I am going to try some other ideas on my own, such as making little cities or crowds of painted sticks. Fun!
  • It might be kinda cool to also drill holes in the bottom of the sticks, then attach some things that would tinkle together, making more sound in the wind:  a true wind chime. You could use old keys, flattened-tin-can-cutouts, seashells …

Have lots of fun making something like these with your kids or students! I hope you will comment, give feedback, tell the rest of us what worked and what didn’t, and maybe even post some photos and put a link in the comments. Thanks for looking and reading. — Maureen, Ema and Adia

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2 replies on “Kid’s Art: Painted Stick Sculptures”

Meg, they really aren’t noisy like chimes. The sound in a breeze, is a very gentle wood-clacking-together, soothing. Otherwise if no wind, they are just still and silent. But pretty.

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