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Make a vibrant stick art sculpture inspired by the Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family woven grass sculptures in the First Australians gallery.

How to make a stick art sculpture

Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family 2006 - click to view larger image
Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family by Jennifer Mitchell, Mrs Baker, Panjiti Mackenzie and Nellie Patterson

You can wrap textiles and fibres around sticks and other natural forms to create a sculpture that represents your personality. What colours and textures represent your personality?

Skill level: ★★ Moderate — you may need an adult to help
Time:
20–40 minutes

What you need:

  • a stick 30–90 cm long
  • fabric offcuts in various colours
  • string, twine, wool or taffeta
  • scissors.

Steps 1–2

Sticks covered in colourful fabrics.
  • Grab your stick and a pile of different fabrics, wool and twine. Find a spot to spread out on the floor.
  • Wrap the fabric around your stick. Then use the twine, wool or string to keep it in place.

Tip: cut the fabric into strips — this makes it easier to wrap

An image of sticks wrapped in brightly coloured string.

Step 3

Experiment with:

  • wrapping your wool tightly
  • wrapping your wool loosely
  • crisscrossing
  • mixing different materials and colours
  • finding other things to wrap around your stick sculpture
  • joining sticks together.

Wrapped! Discovery Space fun

Groups of kneeling students holding fabric covered sticks in the air.
Bowning Primary School students with their Wrapped! creations

When students from Bowning Primary School in New South Wales said they wanted to do the 'Wrapped!' activity, the National Museum happily donated leftover sticks and fabric.

Principal Clare Pritchard said that the stick sculpture workshop was a great success. 'Some students are so keen they are spending lunchtimes wrapping more sticks'.

Thanks Bowning Primary School!

Share your creation

We’d love to see your creation by emailing us a photo to: programs@nma.gov.au

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