Monday, 18 July 2011

Monday Makery: Baby Jungle's Lolly Stick Paintings

This week we are so happy to have Polona from Baby Jungle blog to be our guest maker.  Baby Jungle is a fun and charming blog that was inspired by motherhood and the hunt for beautifully designed things in the 'jungle' of shopping for mama, baby and child. We hear Polona's stories along the way as she adventures around Europe - currently in Denmark and soon to be in France!

Over to you, Polona...

Quite a while ago I spotted these lovely paintings from Cosas Mínimas (by Blanca Gómez) made of lolly sticks that seemed easy to make and so I decided to do something of the sort. Believe me when I say it really is very simple but if you decide to complicate things by adding a giraffe or two funny dogs (which are suppose to be our Boston Terriers by the way) it can get bit time consuming. But that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing – if you have an older child, that can create this kind of art by her/himself you’ll maybe even gain a few hours of quiet time… It’s fun, creative and the final creation is always a great looking piece of art that will compliment any room in your house or it can end up as one really awesome gift.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Lolly sticks (I use the large ones)
  • Cutting knife or sharp scissors*
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes with a very thin point
  • Glue
  • Canvas

Now what you need to do is:

1. First decide what kind of painting you want to do and it’s a good idea to maybe draw a sketch before you start.

2. When you know what you want to make simply cut the sticks with either cutting knife or scissors (*I started with the knife but it didn’t turn out good, a pair of sharp scissors served me much, much better – and if it’s your kid doing the painting it is also much safer!). Don’t loose your nerves if sticks break when cutting sometimes – it happens to me a lot, that’s why I always have about three times more than I really need! I suggest you to assemble the picture while cutting pieces so you can make sure it looks like it should and also that you don’t forget to cut any parts!

don’t let the tail on the girl bother you – I wanted to do a little girl dressed in a lion suit but changed my mind during the process…

3. Now this is my favourite part: paint! Be creative and add polka dots or even tiny flowers to girl’s dress and give a boy a pair of striped shorts, daddy needs some serious moustache and mommy wants a scarf. Did you maybe ever want to own a dog with large pink spots? Now let the paint dry.

4. Finally put all the pieces on canvas the way you want to glue them and only take piece by piece and glue one by one starting from left to right so you don’t mess up what’s glued already! After that’s done you can also add balloons, maybe grass under their feet or some pretty clouds…

5. Let the glue dry for a day or at least a few hours and then proudly hang your piece of art to your favourite wall or give it to someone special (we gave one to our grandma and it was a big hit!).

one we made as a gift, featuring our two Boston Terriers!

6. Send your final creations to or just hang it on Baby Jungle’s Facebook Wall – you will make me very, very happy!

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Thank you Polona for sharing this lovely makery with us.  It's a rainy week in England so it's an ideal one to keep hands busy.  We look forward to reading more on your lovely blog. Happy adventures in France! x

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1 comment:

  1. Oh gosh I love craft stick crafts - these are wonderful :)