ALL AROUND GREAT NATURE CRAFT FOR EVERY AGE: THE WALKING STICK!

I am known as craft grandma, so it stands to reason that I head up the kids crafts at our large family reunion. The kids range in age from 3 years to 16 years. Since we were staying at a log home with a wooded path and a quarter mile long bridge to the lake, I thought of walking sticks.


CHOOSING A STICK:

  • It is best not to cut from a live tree.

  • Try to find a slightly green hardwood stick while on a walk or from trees that have been trimmed.

  • The stick should rest just above the shoulder.

MATERIALS:

  • Acrylic paints and paint brushes.

  • Paper towels and a water bowl to rinse brushes between colors.

  • Paper plates for paints.

  • Paint sealer (Mod Podge works well).

  • String such as yarn, twine, or suede cord which can be found in the jewelry making section.

  • Feathers and beads (wooden ones are fun).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Paint brightly colored designs and stripes.

  • Once dry, cover with a coat of Mod Podge or sealer.

  • Simply wrap with the string or leather cord for handle (add a dab of glue to start it).

  • If adding beads and feathers, cut a one or two foot piece of string.

  • Tie the string around the feather tip and slide it into the first bead.

  • Add more beads and wrap the string around several time to secure.

  • If needed, add a drop of glue to the knot or leather cord.


The kids are still sending me pictures

of them using their walking sticks on

other excursions.


ENJOY YOUR WALK!


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