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Friendship Sticks (Camp Crafts)

Friendship Sticks

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

These vibrant sticks are banded with six colors, one for each letter in the word friend. At a recent camp for seven- to 13-year-old girls, the campers made these trinkets for one another and wore them around their necks as a token of their camp-forged bonds.


  • Square wooden chopsticks
  • Wire snips or sturdy scissors
  • Acrylic paint, 6 colors
  • Cotton swabs
  • Fine-point permanent marker
  • Cord or string


To make one, cut a 3-inch-long section from a chopstick. Use cotton swabs to paint 6 different-color stripes around the stick.

Let the paint dry, then write a message on the stick with the marker. Tie a length of cord tightly around the top of the stick and give it to your friend.