A Simple Way to Make Yard Pick-Up Sticks

giant pick up sticks made from bamboo plant stakes

Do you remember this old-fashioned game? This giant pick-up sticks version is easy to make and so fun to play with a group! Just be mindful you don’t poke an eye out with these sticks!

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  • 24-36 bamboo yard stakes
  • spray paint in 5 colors
  • clear spray paint

To Do:

  1. Take 1 stake and paint it black (or the color that stands out the most).
  2. Divide the remaining stakes into the number of colors of paint you have. Paint each cluster a different color.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Spray all stakes with clear paint.

A more complete description of everything, and pictures;

Your Stakes:

  • you want the number of stakes to be dividable by the number of colors you want to have, plus 1 black stick. I had 4 colors with 8 sticks per color…32. Plus the black stick…33 stakes.
  •  wooden dowels also work, as do any variety of stakes. Be very sure that you don’t choose any variety with an exceptionally  pointy end…that would be quite dangerous to play!

Clear Spray Paint:

  • A coat of clear spray over your stakes will help the paint last much, much longer.

If you don’t want to make pick-up sticks on your own grab these already made ones…




Yes, it really is that easy.

  1. Paint your stakes different colors, seal with clear primer.
    How you choose to get paint on those stakes is up to you. I chose to push them in the ground and spray them. Then when they dry, flip them over and repeat. However, I would recommend not spray painting multiple colors on a windy day unless you want to look a bit like a Rembrandt painting. Okay, a LOT like a Rembrandt painting!

5 loofah showers later…

Here is the part where I show you multiple amazing live shots of my adorable family (minus the 15 year old daughter…her hair wasn’t “cute enough” for photos) and gorgeous yard.

Well, I have 1 out of the 2 right. I need to work on that yard part a bit more. Playing yard games is much more fun than fixing dead patches of grass.


I would like to make a couple of notes about these giant pick-up sticks…

1. As with all sticks, small children should not play with them. Older children should be cautious. Adults should be okay. But, just tell everyone that safety is first. And watch that you don’t get sharp stake ends.

Have fun in your yard. Be whimsical and cheerful, like these giant pick-up sticks are. Make it a place your children want to be in. Let them free to be kids. Leave the perfect cleaning and styling for elsewhere…nature is perfect already!

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11 thoughts on “A Simple Way to Make Yard Pick-Up Sticks”

  1. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Mom of the year award goes to you – this is so cute!!!!!

  2. Suzy @ Worthing Court

    This is such a neat idea! It’ll make a great boredom buster for my grands who stay with me during the day.

  3. miznelliebellie

    In this I actually used bamboo plant stakes…not dowels. Both would work fine. Also pvc pipe would work. Just be careful that nothing is too sharp. Yes! My kids love these…so fun!

  4. My grandkids will love these giant size pck up sticks! Besdes dowels what else can e used?

  5. miznelliebellie

    I thought it was cute enough. But, I guess 15 year old girls don’t think the same :). Thanks!

  6. Linda @ Mason Jar Crafts Love

    What a fun idea and cute family!!! I’m sure your daughter’s hair was cute enough …

    :) Linda

  7. JDaniel4's Mom

    This looks like great fun! I think my son would love it. I have shared this post with my readers on Facebook and Pinterest.

  8. LOVE the look of the new site! I think it’s perfect! Totally pinned the Pick Up sticks! Thanks so much for inspiring me today!

    Happy day!

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