I used a combination of the 5-gallon paint sticks and the 1-gallon sticks (the "Snow" ones are 1-gallon, "peace" are 5-gallon). I couldn't tell too much of a difference, so next time I'll probably just stick with 1-gallon since they're given away with less begging at HD. ;)
1) I cut the smaller ones at 4" and the larger ones at 4.5".
2) Painted them with acrylic craft paint
3) Used my daughter's $1 alphabet stamp kit to write a couple words
4) ModPodged and glittered
5) Drilled small holes in corners and stuck wire through for hangers.
Of course I had helpers the whole time, so they had to make their own to give to grandmas and aunties and some of our favorite neighbors as well. Here's the 4-year-old's stack:
You should see this kid with a drill... Just kidding. But she's a great little painter and embellisher. ;)