08th Dec2011

Paint Stick Crafts

by Dinah Wulf
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If you know me (or read this blog) you know what a cheapskate I am…I mean “budget conscious”.  So naturally, anytime I find a craft material I can get for FREE, I’ll find SOMETHING to do with it.

Anytime you buy paint, the guy (or gal) who mixes it will always throw in a few paint sticks.  If you bat an eye, you may be able to get a few extra to use for some craft projects.

I also saw on the Nate Berkus show not long ago (but couldn’t find a picture) was a challenge where one of the guests used paint sticks to reface a small dresser.  It looked great! I was instantly inspired.

Here are some creative ideas I came across when looking for some more inspiration.  I think I’m going to make the paint stick monogram.  I like the idea of staining them a cool color and using hardware for that industrial touch.

Paint Stick Monogrammed Letters

How cool are these? I’m definitely going to take this project on (plus the letter “W” is easy…tee hee).


Plant Crate

So useful and creative, you can make a paint stick crate to hold just about anything.


Starburst Mirror

So cool! I’ve seen the BBQ skewer one, but I like this one better. This black one is from OurHumbleAbowed and the white one from CentsationalGirl.


Paint Stick Lampshade

This is G-R-E-A-T! Love it!


Paint Stick Art

So colorful and creative!


Paint Stick Ornaments

With the holidays coming up, I thought this would be a cute idea for a craft night with the kiddos.




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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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8 Responses to “Paint Stick Crafts”

  • Susan

    Those little ornaments are so cute. Great ideas!

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  • jenny

    I love the light fixture idea! I too have to agree the ornaments are so cute.

  • Kuks Barrera

    I love these ideas! At one time I saw someone do similar things with different old yard sticks. They covered a table top with them. You could easily apply these concepts to the yard sticks as well, a lot of times they’re free at hardware stores as well!

  • Marie S.

    I like the starburst mirrors. Great idea!

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