Paint Stick Wreath

 No one loves a good paint stick project more than me. I have hung my jewelry on paint sticks, organized my cupboards with them, and even made a frame out of some. I have found another who adores those 12” – 14” sticks of solid wood as much as I do…(enter from stage left) Karianne from Thistlewood Farms.  She already showed you the amazing herringbone side table she made with paint sticks that you all thought was fabulous.  Today she is back, chopping them up and making a wreath.  Do you want to know how?  Follow along and see.


Hello Infarrantly Creative readers, my name is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and I wanted to let you know….

No paint sticks were harmed in the making of this post.

Just in case you were worried.

Actually…..I bought them at Wal-Mart.

They were only .28 each.

So if collecting enough free paint sticks from paint departments all over the city has prevented you from ever making a paint stick project….

….wait no more.

Just in time for fall….this is the paint stick wreath project for you.



about 20 paint sticks

hot glue gun


wood stain (I used Minwax Special Walnut_

wreath form


Step 1:  Start with these

These are the paint sticks from Wal-Mart in the paint section.

They only have writing on them at the top which makes them perfect for staining later.

You will need about 20.


Step 2:  Create a wreath form

I used a peace sign from Hobby Lobby and cut out the middle.

You could use a circle cut out of any wood.


Step 3:  Cut the paint sticks into 3″ sections

We stacked them in groups of 5 and cut them into sections with the saw.

Each stick will make about 4 small pieces.


Step 4:  Start layering

Starting with the first layer begin stacking the wood diagonally around the wreath form.

Hot glue each piece to the wood.

Make sure all the wood is going the same direction.

Continue until you have finished the first layer.


Step 5:  Continue layering

Repeat step 4 until you have the desired wreath shape and size that you want.

I made four layers with my wreath.

Sand any pieces that are a little rough on the end in preparation for staining.


Step 6:  Begin staining

Stain the wreath with all of the wood.

I used Minwax Special Walnut.

Use a brush to make sure you get down into all the nooks and crannies.

Follow the directions on the stain can for safety precautions and dry times.


So gather your paint sticks and spend an afternoon with them!

It’s a project you can complete in a couple of hours for under $6.00.

What a fun way to welcome fall with a contemporary twist on a harvest wreath!

For more budget friendly Thistlewood Farms projects….check out:


how to update a kitchen on a budget


party decorations on a budget


transform a side table on a budget


  1. I like how the wreath was done. I want to try one painting the sticks different fall colors. Love the pumpkins, how we’re they done?

  2. Only thistlewood can make paint sticks look this amazing!

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