Kid Craft: Summertime Fun Recycling
By Sherryl LaPointe
Are you and the children trying your best to cool off during this hot Mississippi summer with popsicles, ice cream bars and other similar cool treats? Are you like me, hating to waste ANYTHING, even all those wooden sticks?
Well, here I come to the rescue! Start saving those sticks (and when you are ready for your craft project, if you don’t have enough, you can purchase more quite inexpensively at the dollar or craft stores).
The other main supply you will need is glue: either craft or wood (“glue dots” would also work). You may want to get fancy and add paints or stains.
Before you start working, be sure you have washed the sticks and dried them; it’s a “fun in the water” activity which may be done early on the day you plan to make your craft. Dry them in the sun, and it will only take minutes on a warm day.
When the sticks are dry, sit in the shade (or in the sun with lots of sunscreen) and begin working. Let me warn you: for some children, this craft will become addictive, and they will become quite creative, making more and more items.
Craft 1: Picture Frame
Place two sticks parallel for the top and bottom of the frame. Put dots of glue on the ends of each stick and place two more sticks to form the sides of the frame. These will look nicest if you make each side at least two layers thick, alternating between top-bottom and the sides. When the frame is dry, place a picture under it and secure with tape or glue, or if stiff enough, slide between the two layers.
Craft 2: Trivet
To begin, place two sticks parallel to each other and about the width of the length of the sticks. Run a line of glue along each stick. Line sticks along the glue, touching each other.
Craft 3: Fruit or Knicknack Bowl
To begin, make the trivet. For the next level, run a line of glue along the ends of the sticks (this is the base) and lay one stick on each end. Put a dot of glue on the tip of each of each of these (two) sticks and place two more sticks to form a square. At this point, you have a choice. You can continue upward, which will make a perfect square; it’s an ideal pencil holder or spoon holder for your picnic table.
Your other choice is to make the following layers on the diagonal, which will make the bowl larger. Each layer can be moved outward until you reach the limit of the length of the sticks.
Sherryl LaPointe, a retired teacher and children’s minister, lives with her husband, Harris, and dog, Muffin, in Gulfport. They enjoy frequent visits from their daughter, Linette. Sherryl enjoys pursuing many hobbies including crafts, art and writing.