Inexpensive and so useful, it's no wonder they're found in nearly every crafter's closet. Try these twists on four classic projects.
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No weaving is needed to make this wooden catchall. Draw a hexagon with 4 1/4-inch sides onto cardboard and cut it out (or use our template below). Glue a stick to every other side. Overlap the ends of three more craft sticks with those of the first three, gluing to secure. Continue in this way until you reach the height you like.
Use these compact cuties to put on a puppet show in a shoe box theater. Paint jumbo craft sticks as shown. Add button, bead, felt, and googly eye features with tacky glue. Use a black marker to add nostrils or other details.
This magnetic plane flies important notes to your attention. Using strong scissors (an adult's job), trim the ends from two craft sticks. Glue the sticks and two whole sticks to a clothespin, as shown. Paint the plane, then add a triangular craft-foam tail with glue. Glue a magnet to the bottom.
Miniature masterpieces deserve love, too. First, make a card stock hinge for the easel. Cut out a 1 1/2-inch-tall Y shape, with the three tabs of the Y the same width as a craft stick. Glue each tab to the end of a craft stick. For the easel's shelf, stack and glue together two sticks, then glue them to the front, as shown.
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun