How to make a stick animal

I do really love to be inspired by nature and I want my children to forever be inspired by it too. I want nature to turn their minds to art to poetry and to storytelling whether they be 5 or 50 so it is important pass on the wonder I find in it and encourage them to seek it too.


I really encourage my kids to look and imagine when out amongst nature whether cloud spotting or collecting stones. I ask what else can they see in the shapes and colours before them.

stick animal 1

Last week in the garden we found a rather remarkable stick which just  lent itself to the head and neck neck  of a giraffe, can you see it?

Here’s how we turned a simple stick in to Geraldine the Giraffe.

stick animal


Spray paint in white primer

Google eyes

PVA glue

Acrylic paints – yellow and brown

Old jam jar



We spray painted the stick with the primer (in a box so as not to mark our table and with face masks on) without primer the paint is very streaky and doesn’t cover properly

Once dry it was painted yellow (2 coats)

When dry, brown splodge so of paint were applied

Once this was dry a googly eye was attached with PVA glue

Grass and a few stones (so stick could stand upright and to create a jungle feel


We are very proud of Geraldine.

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  1. August 11, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Such a great Activity and Erin would love this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. August 11, 2016 / 9:44 am

    That is so cute, such a simple idea but you could make so many different animals with it.

  3. August 11, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Oh Geraldine is really lovely, what a great idea to encourage creativity! 🙂

  4. August 11, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Awww, that is super cute! We love stick crafts.

  5. August 12, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Now THIS is my kind of crafting. I cannot do the complicated stuff. I’ve lost the will to do it before I start!
    We will have a go and I’ll tag you on Instagram with how we get on ;))

  6. August 12, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Ah Becky that’s so cute! I wish my two still enjoyed crafting x x x

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