Sticks are such a versatile material, and if your kids are like mine you’ll often have a collection outside your front door as the kids can’t resist collecting a few on their travels!

This summer, I’ve got together with a few of my crafty blogging friends to share simple craft ideas using materials that you’ll probably already have hanging around the home. Our first theme was sticks and we shared our fun and simple ideas using sticks collected from nature, craft sticks, and even kebab skewers.

12 fun things to make and do with sticks. These simple craft ideas are great for nature crafts with sticks, or using up left over craft sticksI hope these ideas come in handy for those rainy days when you need some crafty inspiration to keep the children amused.

Click the link below each picture for the full instructions on each project.

yarn wrapped sticks by mum in the mad house

Mum in the Mad House shared these yarn wrapped sticks. I love the simplicity of this project.

Darth Varder Craft Sticks Puzzle Star Wars Craft Idea by crafts on seaOne for the Star Wars fans! Crafts on Sea shared this cool puzzle made using craft sticks.

nature paint brushes by messy little monsterMessy Little Monster turned her stick collection into gorgeous nature paint brushes.

building 2d and 3d shapes stem activityHere at In The Playroom, we shared a 2D & 3D shape building STEM activity using craft sticks

DIY pick up sticks game by ET Speaks from HomeET Speaks from Home made a DIY pick up sticks game. Have fun making it, and then playing it!

Yarn tipi craft by zing zing treeZing Zing Tree turned their sticks into teepee tea light holders. Aren’t they cute?

how to make Ojo-de-Dios Gods eyes by mum in the mad house

Ojo de Dios is a classic sticks craft. You can use any kind of sticks that you have to hand – even lolly sticks like Mum in the Mad House did with these.

How to make a stick teepee by crafts on seaCrafts on Sea used kebab sticks to make these toy teepees with her kids, and they make the perfect play area for your toy Sylvanian families.

minions alphabet sticks using craft sticks

Use your craft sticks to learn the alphabet, with a fun Minions theme, like in this guest post from Sparkling Buds.

cupcake liner umbrella craft by et speaks from home

ET Speaks from Home used craft sticks and cupcake liners to make this simple umbrella craft for the letter U, while working through the A-Z of summer.

blossom tree craft with sticksWe combined sticks with scrunched tissue to make this pretty blossom tree craft.

bubble wrap handprint tree with sticksAnd combined sticks with bubble wrap printing to make these Autumn trees. Change the colours scheme to craft your way through all the seasons!

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Follow along with the rest of our Simple Crafts Summer. After sticks, we’re moving on to cardboard boxes.

See what we made for this theme this week!

Fun things to make and do with all types of sticks