10 Easy Crafts From Popsicle Sticks
Hey all, do you want to learn some fun and easy crafts with popsicle sticks that will make others think you spent all day on them, even if you didn’t? And if you don’t think you’ve got a creative bone in your body you are about to find out otherwise, that you don’t need a ton of it for these ideas below
These are some ideas that kids and adults alike will enjoy. At the very most you won’t need a lot of tools-some that are necessary include glue, paints, markers, and some, just nice (like imagination)
This approach is a little less advanced than some of the craft stick art techniques I described earlier. Best of all, these simple popsicle stick projects below are not only very zen, they have some practical uses, and they do not look the least bit amateurish.
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Fun and Easy Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments
Make some Christmas tree ornaments! (When the time rolls around; that is:))
One big advantage is that all you’d need is a few per ornament (only two to make a cute star or cross!) you could paint and glitterize them and add a string for hanging. Varnish them all and you’ve got a set of unique ornaments you can return to year after year.
While you’re at it, why not include some snowflakes too? When Christmas is over and you want some winter motif art to look at on those dreary days, create some snowflakes (make them all different of course!) and make them sparkly too in addition.
I used a small bit and drilled through many sticks for this project here.
Don’t forget to grab some sticks! Popsicle sticks come in different sizes, colors and shapes nowadays; I personally like these cute little “people shaped” sticks – you could use them for crafts like tree ornaments, bookmarks, and more. Also, these I found on the far right with the sawtooth design – they are already pre-notched so you could make some really amazing three-dimensional crafts with these!
Create some message or idea sticks!
Now here’s one I really dig…you certainly will too! Write fun or inspiring messages on them…try to have them fit a certain “theme” if you can.
Here is a fun list of themes to draw from:
- Date night ideas with your sweetie
- Family fun activities
- Motivational messages
- Biblical verses of significance
Now put them all in a jar and when you need an idea, a lift to your spirit, or a little nudge in the right direction, take out a stick and pretty much follow or do what it says.
Or get this – (it’s picking up a good bit of attention) create a “Chore jar” and list a different chore on its stick and next time you need some weight pulled around the house you have a fun incentive right there!
You can color the sticks however you like; I would use a thin-line permanent Sharpie to write the messages so they will not smear.
Make a birdhouse
Kids and adults alike will love doing this, because it’s so easy to build a strong foundation just on popsicle sticks alone. So if you don’t have any experience in woodwork, you will really enjoy making your very own birdhouse in a way that’s fun and not super laborious just by arranging the sticks in a framework pattern and gluing them together, like this:
Image credit: AlexT306
I like the way the roof was done here – with a triangular pattern. The birds will be having a ball, that’s for sure! And of course, you can paint it too, in your favorite color scheme.
Create a set of drink coasters – they should resemble miniature pallets. If you have four lined up in a square and then lay about five or six on top; this image can describe it better than I can hopefully 🙂
You can paint them, or leave them in their natural state – but it might be a good idea to apply some waterproof sealant to them either way since you may be using them for their intended purpose; to set drinks on and beverages give off moisture condensation and all.
Lastly who can forget the classic trinket box? So fun! All you really need to do is to take four sticks and arrange them in a square, glue the ends down, and then rinse and repeat for however much bigger you want the box to be (about 8 or 9 squares would probably be a good amount.)
Then you could make the lid a similar way, just that all you’d need to do here is to make another square like I described, and then lay a handful of sticks over it in a row side by side. To give it a “handle” you can use a dresser knob which you then apply with glue to the middle of the lid.
Make little dolls
You could take a single stick and draw a face on it and color on clothes and hair, and do the same for a few more, maybe even create a whole family of stick dolls? If you’ve got some string, preferably a thinner kind like that used for cross-stitch – and wrap it around the sticks for “clothing”. That’d be TOO cute right there.
While we’re on the subject of dolls…Dollhouse furniture!
How about giving your stick family their own furniture suite too? This requires a little bit more of a strategy and a pattern, but things like little beds, dressers, tables and chairs would be easy and fun with a bunch of sticks, and don’t forget to paint them afterward too.
Surprisingly enough the most easy craft stick projects are all about returning to the basics; making your own of something you already know and use. And magnets are always a must-have item for memos, grocery, honey-do lists, schedules, etc.
This is really cool and you can take some of the inspiring message stick ideas above and do a little magnet twist on them. Or perhaps take a group of decorated sticks and make a puzzle or design that can be grouped together different ways?
Put two magnets on each end so they’ll have good staying power and not slide around.
Well, there you have it – Some fun and easy crafts from popsicle sticks that can be put together in thirty minutes or less and are still capable of producing one of a kind results.
Other simple craft stick project ideas I may have left out? If you can think of any other ideas, please let me know in the comments section:)
Jewelry (bracelets in particular)
Did you know you can melt a single large popsicle stick in hot water and it will curve enough that you can bend it, and turn into a bangle style wrap around bracelet? It will dry and take the shape.
Image credit: Image by: Husnah Faseen
The methodology is to soak them overnight so they will soften naturally, then drop them in some boiling water for a few minutes. You can use a glass of similar round object to wrap them around to form the shape. Don’t forget to paint it in pretty colors afterward!
Last of all…Craft sticks Make Cool Puzzles…
At least 10-12 sticks strategically painted can make a cool jigsaw puzzle – not the typical one with cutout pieces, but this one you’d put together in rows – each row would be represented by one stick. You may need a picture to go by to make it easier to duplicate the chosen design.
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