By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal
Spectator seating is the final element of the amphitheater we made. Benches are easy to make, and versatile for many setups.
Tools: ruler, scissors, paint brushes.
Materials: craft sticks, white glue, paint. Optional: baking soda, figures.
Cost: about $1-$3 including paint and glue Time: two to four hours or more of fun!
Lay out a simple seating arrangement. Measure and cut three sets of 1”, 2”, 3” and 4” craft sticks. Safety first, be patient.
Test seating height of your figures. Two additional craft sticks of height are just right in this case. Cut the pieces square and glue to the ends. Let dry.
Coat evenly with a mix of glue, baking soda (to thicken and fill gaps) and white paint.
Painting your own figures is fun! Pick any colors you like. Use a wash of wetter, darker paint for the low spots and dab off the excess. Use lighter, drier paint for raised surfaces.
Benches are great for spectator seating. They are freestanding, so they can also be used for Happy Tree parks, bus stops and other areas. Until next time, keep crafting!
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