Let the kids go crazy with paint and patterns to
make decorative letters from Clare Youngs' Find It, Make It craft
These brightly coloured letters are a great way to personalise
your own space. They would look brilliant on your bedroom door or
above the bed, or make one for your best friend. They are
also a fun way to decorate a present - wrap it in bright
tissue paper and tie the recipient's initial to the parcel
with a pretty ribbon.
You will need:
- White paint
- Paint in assorted bright colours
How to make:
1. Gather together some sticks of similar
thicknesses. Break up the sticks to make different lengths and play
around with them until you have arranged them in letter shapes.
Paint the sticks white. You may need a couple of coats to get a
good coverage. Try to keep the different sticks that belong to one
letter together, or you may lose track of which stick belongs to
2. When the sticks are dry, paint a series of
stripes down some sticks in a different colour. Let dry.
3. Decorate the sticks further with alternate
stripes in a different colour or experiment with another pattern -
stars, dots, flowers - the brighter the better!
4. Glue the sticks together to form the letters.
Wait until the glue has completely dried before displaying them on
Words of wisdom
To make letters that are curved, like a C or a P, form the twigs
into squares and triangles. For example, a "C" would be formed from
three twigs, equal in length, stuck together to form three sides of
a square. A "P" would be made with one twig for the upright section
and two small twigs made into a triangle and placed toward the top
of the upright twig.
Extract from Find It, Make It by Clare Youngs.
Photographs by Claire Richardson, RRP$44.99 (hardback). Published
by CICO Books. Distributed by Southern Publishers Group.
As seen in OHbaby!
magazine Issue 14: 2011
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