Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How To: Upcycle a Magazine into a Game of Pick Up Sticks #freefromtrash

Upcycle magazines into a game of pick up sticks
Well it's day 11 of the Upcycled Crafting Challenge and I'm still going strong.  Today I'm going a bit off track though.  Although today's item is technically a soda can, I've decided to create today's project with a magazine since I skipped that day.  My daughter was really excited about this project.  She's all gung ho about magazine crafts.  Normally she'll to collages with them, but today we've decided to do something a bit different.  Today we're going to create a game of Pick Up Sticks using pages of a magazine.  This one was a double bonus, because not only does my daughter really love craft projects, but she also loves games.

What You Will Need:

Cookie Sheet
Glue Paste (I just mixed water and glue 50/50)
Paint Brush
Smooth Worksurface

Step By Step:

Voila!  You've just created a super fun game that will create hours of fun for your kids.  I know Riley and I were busy for quite awhile after our sticks dried.  Now it's been years since I played this game so I had to Google how to play it.  Check out the rules below if you've forgotten too and have fun!    

This is a game for two or more players. The object of the game is to pick up the most sticks.

To begin the game, a bundle of sticks are somewhat randomly distributed so that they end up in a tangled pile. The more tangled the resulting (dis)array, the more challenging the game. In some versions of the game, any isolated sticks, or sticks lying alone, are removed.

The first player attempts to remove a single stick, without moving any other stick. In some versions of the game, player uses a tool to move the stick away from the pile; this "tool" may be one of the sticks, held aside before the game begins. In other versions, players must pick up the sticks by hand. In either case, players must not move any other sticks while attempting to remove the chosen stick; if any other stick moves, his or her turn ends immediately. Players who successfully pick up a stick can then have another turn; the player keeps removing sticks until he or she causes a secondary stick to move.

The game is over when the last stick is removed. The winner is the player with the highest number of sticks picked up.

In some versions of the game, different-coloured sticks are worth different number of points, and the winner is the person with the highest score.

*This post is part of the Upcycled Crafting Challenge (#freefromtrash) hosted by Calley, The Eco Chic, and is part of a one month challenge to create from trash.  This challenge will hopefully open your eyes to the number of items that we still end up trashing every day that could be used by ourselves or our kids to create fun and useful items.  To find out more about the challenge and to see other projects click on over to Calley’s announcement post.*

Check out some of the other great posts from today below and be sure to link up your projects today too!!!  Just link to your blog post, Pinterest picture, Photobucket Picture, etc.  I'd love to see your upcycled magazine projects.


  1. Great idea!! I used to love pick up sticks as a kid!!

  2. I used to LOVE playing pick up sticks! Great idea!!


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