Paint Stick Art Tutorial

Hi everyone, it’s Andrea from The Cottage Market.  Hope everyone is doing wonderfully.  Well Spring is finally here and many of us are in the mood to add a touch of flowers to our decor.  Now who do you know that has every kind of flower…hint…it is not the florist…it is The Graphics Fairy!  I chose these beautiful blue flowers but of course your choices are unlimited…this project can be done with any image on this fabulous site.  It’s Paint Stick Art and it is quick and easy…I know you like that.

Paint Stick Art Tutorial

Let”s see what you are going  to need!  First you have to pick out your Graphic Fairy Image…then you print it full size.  If you would like the one I chose…the gorgeous blue hydrangea Botanical print click here.  Then you need an exacto blade, scissors, paint, a brush, ruler, a metal embellishment and paint sticks.  I got mine from my paint store.  I needed a bunch of them and they sold them to me for $.08.  Not bad right!


Now sand your paint stick and paint it and the metal or plastic embellishment…then let them dry.  If you like the distressed look…shabby up the edges!


Now it is time to measure the width of the paint stick and cut your strips.


Next take your favorite glue…I used Mod Podge… and paint the back of your image and glue it on the paint stick…repeat until you have the entire image on the sticks.


It’s time to make everything nice and neat…so take your sand block or paper and sand the edges…I went a little further and distressed part of the print…if you are going to do that…tread very lightly because it happens fast…but it does give you a great look.


Once you have all of your sticks finished, you will want to assemble everything.  What I did was to form a palette.  Take 2 paint sticks and trim them to the width of your final piece…assemble the entire piece like a puzzle…then run a stream of hot glue across the back and place the trimmed piece of paint stick on top so it attaches and then repeat again…you can do 3 if you would like but I found 2 to be just fine. Now your piece of artwork is all put together…now just glue your metal embellishment on if you are using one.


Just drill a hole in each top corner and thread cord…twine or ribbon through it…knot it so it stays in place… and then I added 2 bows…it’s your project so you add what ever your heart desires.


It’s time to hang!


This close up shows you how I distressed the actual print.


You can have this project done from start to finish in an hour.


This quick and easy craft can be used on any graphic here!  A great way to show off some new artwork in your home.  They also make great gifts!  I am thinking of adding one a bit smaller to the center of a full Spring Wreath.  If you let your imagination soar…you will come up with many more ideas!  Hope you enjoyed…I will be back soon but if you would like to come for a visit…I am always hanging out at The Cottage Market!



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  1. Maravilloso el paso a paso. Mil gracias por compartir cosas tan lindas y útiles.
    Un abrazo.

  2. Laura Strack says:

    Beautiful project Andrea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Janet Gray says:

    I love your paint stick art. Especially the hydrangeas but the mind explodes! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m going to follow you on Pinterest.

  4. I just love this! It would be really cool to find something that looks like a gate hinge to put on the side. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Linda Weeks says:

    …now that is my kind of project! Inexpensive, and I can get my mind around it. I like the simpler ideas, and this is a great one!!

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