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33 Creative Paint Stick Craft Ideas

Updated on April 19, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

You'll want to use the 5 gallon size paint stir sticks for making these outstanding ornaments. A great tutorial and printables for this project are found at TODAY’S fabulous FINDS .

Tip: These 5 gal. paint sticks are about 1 1/2" wide. Many large stores like Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot or Menards will give these to you free, or for a minimal charge.

1. Paint Stick Snowmen

This paint stick project really goes with the one shown above because it uses the shaped end of the paint stick. These snowmen are so very cute that you'll want to make them for yourself and also to give as gifts. Find the tutorial at TODAY’S fabulous FINDS . See Tip above for where to get the 5 gal. paint sticks.

2. Frosty and St. Nick

Make these really cool paint stick Frosty and St. Nick by following the instructions that you'll find at FDC factory direct craft . Perfect Christmas craft project to do with kids.

3. Pendant Light

Imagine this pendant light in your family room, den or office. A very nice touch. Find the tutorial for making this pendant light at Enjoying the simple things.

4. Sunburst Mirror

The paint sticks for this sunburst mirror project could be painted whatever color that would enhance the room it would hang in. Find all the directions for this incredible paint stick idea at Centsational Girl .

5. Paint Sticks Tabletop

Just think, someone thought up this great use for paint sticks. Make this beautiful table top by going to thistlewood farms for the tutorial.

6. Barn Star

You'll find a quick and simple way to make a star at leaf & letter. A perfect star for a Christmas or patriotic craft project.

7. Picture Frame

Make this inexpensive picture frame to frame photos of vacation and holiday moments to remember. Make this simple, but cute, picture frame by following the tutorial at craftberry bush .

8. Planter

You can make your own attractive planter like this one by going to CHELTENHAM ROADand following the tutorial found there. Super project!

9. Picket and Paint Stick Rustic Sign

10. Table Runner

By changing the color and the design, you can make all sorts of unique table runners using paint sticks. For this project, go to Ruffled for the tutorial.

11. Paint Stick Letters

Look at the beautiful paint stick letters that can be made by following the instructions found at Diva of DIY.

12. Paint Stick Banjo

Can you imagine how much fun the kids will have making and playing with a banjo like this one? For the instructions for making this craft, go to the Parents site.

13. Presidential Timeline

Students always learn better when they do a hands on project with the lesson. This Presidential timeline idea is a great one, with instructions at DECEPTIVELY EDUCATIONAL. Imagine all the ways you could use these Velcro stripped paint sticks.

14. Wooden Arrows

Make these popular decorator arrows by following the tutorial at Snap Creativity. Very impressive.

15. Faux Pallet Art

If you like the rustic look in your décor, you'll love this piece of faux pallet art. You'll find a very good tutorial at Turning a House into a Home for making this art.

16. Turkey

This is a very impressive turkey made using paint sticks, paint and scrapbook papers for the feathers. Find all the information for making this turkey at CRAFT goodies .

17. Paint Stick and Buttons Flag

This is definitely a craft that the kids can make. Consider this as a Scout project or as an activity for the kids at a birthday or 4th of July party. The tutorial for this project is found at I {heart} crafty things .

18. Garden Stakes

You're garden will have some extra color, besides making it easy to name the vegetables, when you mark your garden rows with garden stakes. The directions for making these garden stakes is found at my CRAFTILY ever after .

19. Joy Wall Hanging

Imagine all the ways this hanging board could be used. It would make a perfect gift for anyone on your gift giving list. Find the tutorial for making this project at Creations by Kara.

20. Rustic Basket

Making this very versatile basket will be easy when you follow the tutorial given at Build-Basic. Quick and easy project.

21. Hanging Flower Box

It isn't difficult to guess what this hanging flower box is made of, and that fact makes it even more attractive. Go to gimme some oven for the tutorial.

22. Fairy Wands

The directions for making these fairy wands can be found at Happy Home Fairy.

23. Wind Chimes

I really like this craft idea, but instead of hot glue, I think I'd want to use wood glue to make sure the paint stick stayed stuck. Maybe use wood glue in the center and a bit of hot glue to make it stick immediately. Paint the sticks any color that you choose. Find the tutorial at Craft Your Craft to make your own beautiful wind chimes.

24. USA Flag

This flag is made very easily because the stars are made using Washi tape. This is one great idea, of many, with a tutorial at WHILE HE WAS NAPPING.

25. Batty for Bats

This Halloween decorate using a bats theme and make a door or wall hanging like this. You'll find the information you need to make these bats, and the patterns, at Bat Welcome Sign Craft.

26. Scarecrow

This simple craft would be a perfect activity for kids of any age. The instructions for making the scarecrow are found at CRAFTS BY Amanda. A great classroom or scout project.

27. Snowman Height Measuring Tape

Kids love to get measured to see how much they've grown. This cute snowman will record those measurements for years to come. Find the instructions for this project at 1-2-3 Learn Curriculum .

28. Snowflake Door Decor

Using snowflakes in your winter décor is a smart move because it can be displayed for the whole winter season and is appropriate though Christmas and New Years right up until you're ready to decorate for Spring. Karin Lidbeck-Brent is the site where you'll find the tutorial for making this snowflake door decor.

29. Flying Bunny

This flying bunny is so super easy to make and the littlest of kids can glue on the cotton balls. Go to Easy Easter Craft for Kids for the instructions.

30. Lady Liberty

There are so many times and places where you could use a nice Lady Liberty like this one. Think about hanging it in a classroom or for decorating for a patriotic holiday such as the 4th of July or Memorial Day. You'll find the tutorial for making Lady Liberty at All Free Crafts.

31. Outside Wall Art

Very easy to make and a nice wall art project. Find the tutorial at Hey There, Home.

32. Fairy Princess Wand

Making a fairy princess wand is easy when you use a paint stick for the wand handle. Find the instructions for making this princess wand at About Family Crafts .

33. Beach Flag

Blue and gray painted paint sticks and sea shells for stars makes this beach flag so beautiful. You'll find a great tutorial for this project at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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    • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

      Loraine Brummer 

      3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Hi Babbyii, and thanks for stopping by and commenting about the projects that you like. If only we had enough time to make all the cute and useful projects. I guess that's the reason we have to choose! I too believe that crafts are good therapy.

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      Barb Johnson 

      3 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Lots of fun very doable projects. I like the sunburst mirror, garden stakes and the light. Could lose myself in making these creative crafts. Good therapy. Looking forward to making a few. Thanks Loraine!

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      anglnwu 

      3 years ago

      Wow, this is like the pinterest of pain sticks ideas. You've included so many amazing ideas. Love the idea of using them to make planters. Thanks.

    • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

      Loraine Brummer 

      3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Thanks, Ann for your visit and comment. I agree, the scarecrow is so cute. And I think the kids would love making it.

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      Ann1Az2 

      3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I love recycling! These are all great ideas especially with Christmas coming up. I love the scarecrow. Thanks for sharing!

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