These brightly colored letters are a great way to personalize your child's room or create a name-plate above her bed (have her make one for her BFF while she's at it!). They're also a fun way to decorate a present: Wrap the box in bright tissue paper and tie on the recipient's initial with a pretty ribbon.
Sticks of similar thickness
White and assorted bright colors of paint
Gather the sticks and break them to make different lengths, then play with them until they're arranged in letter shapes. Paint the sticks white; you may need a couple of coats.
When the sticks are dry, paint a series of stripes down some in a different color. Leave enough room in between each to add more patterns. Let dry.
Decorate the sticks further with alternate stripes in a different color, or experiment with another pattern—stars, dots, flowers. The brighter, the better!
Glue the sticks together to form the letters. Wait until the glue has dried completely before you display them.
CRAFT-TASTIC TIP: To make letters that are curved, like a “C” or a “P,” form the twigs into squares and triangles. For example, a “C” would be formed from three twigs, equal in length, stuck together to form three sides of a square (for example, [). A “P” would be made with one twig for the upright section and two small twigs made into a triangle and placed toward the top (for example).