Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Craft Stick Collage

*Disclosure: Craftprojectideas.com sent me some of the supplies used in this post. The project is my own idea.

I've always got craft sticks in the supply closet. We've used them for so many things, from picture frames to bracelets. This time, we kept it simple and used a pile of colored craft sticks to make collages.

Supplies Needed:
Cereal box
Black paint
Colored craft sticks
White glue

If you don't have any colored craft sticks, you can add an extra step to this project and paint plain crafts sticks in a few vibrant colors.

Since we were going to be gluing our craft sticks, I knew we needed something sturdy as a canvas. Plain paper would just not work. So, off to the the recycling bin we went to snag an old cereal box. We cut off the two largest panels to use for our canvasses and painted them black. The colors of our craft sticks would pop so much more against the black than they would have against the cardboard brown.

Once the paint was dry, it was time to create. We put the pile of crafts sticks in the middle of the table, pulled out a couple of bottles of glue, and got to work. There were no rules and no suggestions. I walked away for awhile to get the girls to start creating without my input.

One stacked and one laid them all side-by-side. One had an idea in mind before she even started and the other went with the flow to see what would happen. I love the way they ended up. I love the way their minds work.

The contrast of the colored craft sticks with the black canvas was so striking. I'm so glad we used that instead of plain paper. 

I think I need a pile of black cardboard around for creating. It would be a great canvas for chalk pastels and other collages. What would you use it for?

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