The rain’s stopped, so let’s get outside! Today’s project challenges you to make letters of the alphabet using gathered sticks.

Step 1. Collect fallen sticks of approximately the same thickness. (Fig 1)

Step 2. Trim down the sticks thinking about the shapes needed for your letters — perhaps your initials. Start laying out your letters. Give your stick parts a good wash and let them dry.  (Fig 2)

Step 3. Letters made with straight lines are pretty easy.  Curved letters, like a ‘C’ or an ‘S’ will be a bit harder, requiring several sticks to be attached together to make the curves.  I connected my stick pieces with thin wire, but you can use string, yarn or hot glue, whatever you have. (Fig 2)

Fig 4

Step 4. Now decorate away!  Use whatever you have around the house.  I decorated my initials, C-A-L, in three differents ways to give you some ideas:  the ‘C’ was wrapped with fuzzy yarn; the ‘A’ was painted; and the ‘L’ was glued with blue faux pearls.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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