Last week, I posted a preview of the simple, inexpensive wall art my mom and I created. Now I’m excited to show you how you can make a one-of-a-kind coffee stirrer masterpieces too!

I’m big on projects that anyone can do. And this is one of those projects. If you can smear paint on wood and use scissors, you can make this easy art. (Don’t you dare say you’re not “creative!” You’re wrong!)
And how do we ensure we get that awesome organic woody texture? Coffee stirrers. Yup, you heard me, coffee stirrers.

Here’s all you need to get started:

1. Wooden frame(s). We got these at Michael’s in the wood section for $1.49 each. (Talk about a cheap frame!) I used three for my project. You could also use a normal picture frame and remove the glass to let all your great woody texture show.
2. Acrylic paint.
3. A paint brush.
4. Coffee stirrers. (“Borrow” them from Starbucks!) I also got some extra wooden sticks from Walmart for $3 that were a slightly different width to add extra texture and dimension. I’ve seen LOTS of wooden sticks of varying sizes at Hobby Lobby too.

Additional Supplies:
5. Scissors.
6. Glue. Tacky glue. Elmer’s Glue. Whatev.
7. A picture hanger (optional).

Okay, first things first. Choose a color palette. Doing this first, before I crack the first bottle of paint, always helps reduce my hemming and hawing during the creative process. (I’m quite an slippery noodle when it comes to decision making.) If you need color palette ideas, I suggest checking out Colour Lovers. It’s a great resource for color combo inspiration and an easy way to create your own palette. I selected colors that are fairly similar in tone because I wanted the overall look to be a little subtle.

So, once you’ve got your palette, it’s time to paint your frames and your coffee stirrers! I just sort of guessed how many sticks I needed in total and I ended up needing to paint more which was kind of annoying. I’d suggest painting more than you think you’ll need. Coffee stirrers are basically free anyhow.

My mom and I did our painting as the sun was setting, which is always a questionable decision. Seems to have turned out okay.

I was going for the reclaimed driftwood sort of look. Like these coffee stirrers were wood siding that had been battered by 100 years of ocean rain on the coast of Maine and freshly plucked from the side of dilapidated house. (A doll house. These sticks are tiny.) To achieve this look, I developed a simple, very unscientific technique. I’d paint the a brighter color (say, pea green) and then let it dry. Then I’d paint a second coat of a 50/50 mix of black paint and water. I’d let it sit for about a minute and then I’d go to think sink and rinse off some of the black paint, exposing the “weathered” green wood underneath.

Once your coffee stirrers are painted, it’s time to trim them to fit into the frame(s) you’ve chosen.

I found the quickest way to do this is to measure one stick to be the length you need it and then use it as the guide for trimming all the others. (Please excuse the paint under my nails. DIY dirty girl!)

This next part is fun because you’ll start to see your piece come together fairly quickly. Starting on one side of the frame, put down plenty of glue and begin laying your sticks down.

I used some sticks at their full length and then I also combined multiple pieces to create more of a patchwork effect. The only key here is to combine pieces of the same width so that you aren’t left with awkward gaps in between the vertical rows.

After I finished the set of three, I realized I didn’t like the red splashes of color. Nothing a little butter knife couldn’t pry out.

Since the “frames” I used were really just very thin wooden boxes, I needed to add hanging device to the back. Unfortunately the hanginy thing came with nails that were made for elf hands.

What’s left? Plop those puppies on the wall. Voila! DIY art that cost less than $7 total.

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There are lots of cool things you can do with these sticks, from placing them in the frame at an angle, or even cutting the “seams” between the sticks at angles. There’s no wrong way to do it. And as far as I can tell, there’s no shortage of coffee stirrers either, so go ahead and get crazy!

I’ve also shared this tutorial at Hope Studios, The DIY Showoff, Finding FabulousWhipperberry, Type A Decorating, New Nostalgia and Sew Stylish Boutique.

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117 Responses to TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art

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  2. Marilyn says:

    I love this idea, so clever! Found you on DIY linky and glad of that, will check your blog out! I have been wanting to do this with some wood scraps I have, it is on the TO DO LIST! Thanks for sharing and it’s so nice that you were working with Mom!
    Stop by for a visit!

  3. I LOVE this! It’s gorgeous and such a great, frugal project. I’m also LOVING your blog – so gorgeous! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  5. elise says:

    Oh my. I just saw the version of this that Little Miss Momma’s Momma did, and I love both of them a LOT. You are brilliant. This is so creative and unique!

  6. laura says:

    hey! how ironic! i just picked up a handful of these coffee stirrers and shoved them in my already messy purse thinking they’d be cool for SOMETHING… WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
    I’ll dig them out now… they’re at the bottom next to the tampon that unwrapped itself…

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Don’t you hate those darn wrappers? I just saw one the other day advertised as “purse safe.” Made me laugh. As if purses are so dangerous these days. Make some coffee stirrer art! It’s easy and really fun. Send me a pic if you do. xo

  7. Nancy Robinson says:

    Love the pictures with your Mom. You guys look “natural” doing all that stuff. Love you.
    Nancy

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  10. cynthia says:

    i love that you and your mom did this togethor…that is a great picture of her…those are the precious memories…my mom passed away of breast cancer 4 years ago so when i see people post things about moms my heart resonates with joy…it’s the little things that become the things that we treasure

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Cynthia, thanks so much for the thoughtful reminder of how lucky I am to get to enjoy my mom. I LOVE doing creative projects with her. If there’s ever an apocalypse I think she and I will just run to the nearest Michael’s, lock ourselves inside it and live happily ever after. You can come too if you’d like :)

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  14. Liana says:

    The key to those tiny “elf hand” nails for the hanger is to hold them straight up with needlenose pliers while hammering them in.
    This is a great crafty idea!

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  16. katie says:

    absolutely lovely. a great cloudy day project. i love painting and creating beautiful things with just objects that are sitting around.

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Thanks, Katie! I agree about using everyday objects. Often those are my favorite projects. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Tresa says:

    What a neat idea! Your work is lovely.

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  19. Emma Sunman says:

    Such a clever idea! It looks so much more expensive than $7 too! Lovely! :-)

    Emma

    http://www.thepolkadotte.blogspot.com

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  21. Lori says:

    Oh wow this is beautiful! I love the colors and the look. Gorgeous.

    I saw this on the Craftzine blog and had to come over. i have some of these sticks from a craft store & think I may need to start “borrowing” more from the coffee shop.

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  23. reader via craftzine says:

    Sorry for being an old fuddy-duddy, but “borrowing” 100 coffee stirrers from your local coffee shop sounds awfully close to stealing. Just buy a box at the grocery store – then the only “guilt” on your otherwise cute & frugal project need be the gold (gilt) variety!

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      You’re right, Tricia, and that’s why I mention the places you can purchase them. I liked the variety of texture that having many varying widths created so I collected them from several craft stores and, yes, a few coffee shops. (Let’s hope I tipped well those times!)

  24. delhiwonders says:

    wow this is very nice…

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  26. Kristen says:

    Such a creative idea! Would have never thought of it myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  31. Pam says:

    I saw this the other day and just made one to match our new bathroom set! I love it and its so easy and fun.

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  35. JT says:

    Love the idea, but the thought of wasting all that new wood makes me cringe. Thousands of trees are cut down to make those silly little things. I save them to re-use, but now will save for art. It may take a while to collect enough used stirrers, but my conscience will be happy.

  36. Anne-Marie says:

    Very creative idea .. wonder if I can do the same with the bundles of popsicle sticks that I bought from Michael’s?

  37. Wow, this looks gorgeous! I may make this sometime soon, thank you!

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  40. Cindy says:

    Perfect idea for my grandgirls over spring break next week!

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  44. LinhC says:

    Love how this turned out, love your color palette, and especially love that you did this with your Mom!

    I haven’t “borrowed” coffee stirrers from Starbucks, but I have saved most of the ones I’ve used. Did you see that Starbucks have those green plastic stirrers now? Well, I keep those too because they have the little Starbucks design on top and I use these stirrers as embellishments in my scrapbooking.

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  47. Nicole Berry says:

    great idea!! I love the end result

  48. Sarah says:

    this is amazing! i actually ‘borrowed’ a handful of coffee stirrers from the cafe on campus thinking i’d do something amazing with them. but got a good idea or found any diy online so now i’m glad i have something to do with the 50plus stirrers i have lying around lol

  49. Wendy says:

    I love this idea! I went to Michael’s today to get the supplies, but couldn’t find those wonderful wooden frames anywhere! I looked all through the wood section, and frames. I might hit up another local Michael’s later in the week. Any idea for an alternative frame?

  50. Jillian says:

    I tried looking for the wooden frame at michaels with no luck. Also looked at Joann’s, have any other ideas of where I can find a frame! I love this art project!

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  53. tata roldan says:

    Do you what mekes me like this tutorial when I saw it “stumblin upon”?…the picture of the lady outdoors actually painting the issue!!!! I thought, well, finally an older woman had the courage to write a blog…and then I read the it was your mother!!! jajajajajaja
    congratulations! nice pictures, nice work…nice mommy!

  54. Galy says:

    great idea and easy enough for people like me wuth 2 left hands :)
    http://www.galydichterstyling.com

  55. Victoria says:

    Wow!! So unique and so lovely! I am so inspired!! I shared it on my blog today, too! http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/07/10-diy-wall-art-projects.html

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    These are ideas are cool, I wish I came up with them.

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  64. ToTylkoJa says:

    Great project! Very creative yet simple. I love it!:))

  65. dinka says:

    This was such a great idea! We just bought our first house and I’m finding new and inexpensive ways to decorate. My first attempt at this was with popsticle sticks from Michael’s- it was late and I didn’t have the energy to make a coffee stop. It came out well but I’ll definitely use coffee stirrers next time- popsticle sticks are rounded at the ends- duh! Made fitting them neatly into the frame a little tough.

    We have very high ceilings and huge walls to cover so I’m toying with the idea of using a huge frame and getting real wood (from the Home Depot scraps bin after they’ve made some cuts) to enlarge this- what do you think?!

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Dinka,
      Congrats on the new house! I love the idea of larger versions of these. In fact, my sister in-law used this tutorial to make some wall art out of paint stir sticks and it turned out really beautiful. She just sawed off the little indented “handle” part of the stick so that they looked like giant coffee stirrers. I might post more about the idea soon. I’d love to see pics if you do make a larger version!
      Happy crafting.
      j

  66. Cheryl says:

    I’m making a set of these and my stirrers are warping a bit when I try to glue them on the board. Any suggestions for keeping them flat?

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Hey Cheryl,
      Mine warped a bit too and I thought it added to the “worn in” style I was going for. But is your paint or glue really wet? Extra moisture might contribute to more warping. If they’re warped even before you glue them on, you could press them in a really thick book for a few days before you glue them down.
      Happy crafting!
      j

  67. Its really creative! Such a simple thing but it looks really nice! Thanks for sharing

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  69. ninny says:

    Love the idea…. and wanna do it for my kitchen wall but failed to find the frames at micheals they had one with the big trims… but I guess thin tirms gives more nicer look than thick( saw thick trimmed version ) frames like you use….but no luck at Micheals..if you can give measurements

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Hey Ninny,
      My frames are about 4-5″ x 8″. Any size would work though since you’re cutting the sticks to fit the frame. I found these in the “wood” section at Michael’s (where they have unfinished wood birdhouses, beads and other unfinished wood stuff.) You could always use a regular frame (with or without the glass) and glue your sticks to the piece of cardboard/wood that fits in the back of the frame.
      Good luck and happy crafting!
      j

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  73. ninny says:

    Thanks gal…. I got it…. Will send u a pic once i m done

  74. JAG says:

    Surprisingly simple yet good looking piece of wall art there! I think it’s the color scheme that makes it look as good as it does to be honest.

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  81. Kay says:

    Thanks for the idea! My boys (6 and 2) just helped me do this fun project. We used an old frame (without the glass), frame backing (glued the sticks on this back), and a mixture of jumbo and regular sized popsickle sticks (with the curved ends cut off). It was easy enough for them to do with me and now for no cost, we have new beautiful art in their bathroom :)

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Kay,
      I love to hear that this project inspired some good old-fashioned quality time with your boys! My daughter is still a little squirt, but I so look forward to the days when we can do stuff like this together.

      Thanks for reading.

      j

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  85. Charlotte says:

    I love this! You inspired me to make my own version. Mine is much bigger, though. You can see it here: http://charlottesempire.blogspot.com/2013/10/im-pretty-excited-about-this-project.html

  86. Dar says:

    Thank you for not only the fantastic inspiration, but also for the love and care you put into all your posts! Hugs . . .

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  88. Meghan says:

    I love this! I’m just curious; what size is the frame pictured? I’m having a hard time finding anything like that on the Michael’s or Hobby Lobby website but it looks like the size you used is about what I’m looking for. Thanks for your help!

  89. Meghan says:

    Nevermind! I’m sorry, I just saw that you already answered this question above. Thanks again for the craft inspiration!

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Glad you found your answer. I’ve recently seen some larger wood “trays” at Michael’s in the wood section that might be a good option if you want a bigger project.

      Happy crafting.

      j

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