Abstract art project for a rainy day…

As it started chucking down rain today (typical – it’s the first day of the summer holidays!), and we’d got soaked in the morning at the maritime festival, I thought it best if we stayed in our warm, cozy flat and did an indoor activity.

My summer holiday bucket list is already coming in handy! I scanned down the list and read out a few ideas to Tadpole, and we decided to make lollipop stick picture frames and create some abstract art to show off in them.

It’s, like, the easiest project in the world:


  • Wooden lollipop sticks (plain or coloured)
  • PVA glue
  • Card
  • Coloured pencils / felt-tipped pens / paints
  • String / thread
  • Stick-on jewels (optional)


  1. Take four wooden lollipop sticks and lie two of them parallel to each other, then lay the other two on top of them to create a frame. Leave the ends of the sticks sticking out a little – this will help with hanging them later.
  2. Glue the lollipop sticks together where they cross over and press lightly to stick them together. Let them dry.
  3. Put the frames on top of a piece of card, and draw pencil lines to show the inner and outer edges of the lollipop stick frames, then cut them out, using the outer lines as a guide.
  4. Create your artwork within the inner lines – anything you like; drawing, painting, collage, whatever.
  5. Glue your finished artwork to the back of the corresponding frames.
  6. OPTIONAL: Decorate your frames with stick-on jewels.
  7. Take short lengths of string or thread and tie a slip knot at each end.
  8. Hook the loops of the slip knots over the ends of the top length of the frame.
  9. Display your artwork.

We spent a good couple of hours making our frames and creating our modern art masterpieces, and it kept Tadpole very well entertained. I think we’ll do this again at some point, perhaps towards the end of the summer, and see what we come up with…

I apologise for the blurriness of some of my images – my mobile phone seems almost completely incapable of taking a good picture lately (we’ll be choosing new ones in October, thank Gods!), and even the slightest sway of the pictures resulted in an incredibly blurry photograph!

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