Ever since my craft date with Renee, I've been thinking about a fall banner to hang in our home. Homemade pom poms, something catchy in paper? In an attempt to be resourceful, I took a look-see in our craft cabinet to assess: modeling clay, glitter pipe cleaners, some beads...
Bingo: Mini popsicle sticks.
Now before you give up on me, let's look past the camp frames and pencil holder possibilities of the past and consider these magic sticks like small scale wooden pallets. Stacked together, they make a great flat canvas.
Painted with a gold leafing marker? These canvases might even sparkle.
To make your own, pull out your pack of Woodsies mini sticks, some cardboard, twine, glue or Modge Podge, and a gold paint marker.
Stack your popsicle sticks on a narrow piece of cardboard. Glue them in place, making sure to cover the edges of the cardboard.
Draw or stencil letters or symbols on your squares. Paint the remainder with your gorgeous gold marker. If you're really into highlights, add some with white chalk.
Bend the top portion of your cardboard rectangle.
And glue the twine (I braided mine for a bit more heft) to the back, folding the cardboard over it.
The effect of the gold on the natural wood makes the sheen an interactive element in the banner.
I decided practicing gratitude was a mantra we could all use for fall and all year through. :)
This little project has me thinking of other banners, runner, placecards, and signs I can make using these super inexpensive and super easy to paint popsicle sticks.
What do you have hiding in your craft cabinet that can be reworked into something gilded?