Popsicle Stick Spiral Windspinner…Try THIS If You Don’t Want to Mess With Glue!
Hey all…Jennifer again and this time…yep I diy-ed ANOTHER spiral shape windspinner, this time a totally different approach!
If you want a less messy approach to making this cool craft, this is it. I must warn you though, you need to be OK with a little wood dust, because we’re going to use a drill to pierce all of the Popsicle sticks, instead of gluing them in bundles. That was fun, but I realize there are other ways to get there.
This is my first time using this technique, so I may be working backwards a little.
So if you want to make a cool windtwister like this one and not fool around with messy glue read on!
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- Popsicle sticks (For best results, about 45-65 should be enough)
- Fishing line
- Assorted beads with small openings
- Cordless drill and small bit
- Sewing needle
First things first, I had another collection of popsicle sticks saved up for this. Before getting started, I washed all my sticks in warm water and Murphy’s Oil soap (that stuff is amazing) since they still had some discoloring from the respective pops I was enjoying previously.
(Can you tell I LOVE Outshine fruit bars?) Sorry to digress but they’re dee-lish, which is why I have so many sticks 🙂
If you have kids who enjoy popsicle stick crafts, this could be a great summer project.,…(but you should probably handle or supervise the drilling part 🙂
There’s lots of different varieties of craft sticks nowadays…regular size, jumbo, colored…They are found at most hobby stores but if you don’t have one in your area here are some, and now you can find ones that are already pre-colored so you can skip the painting part too if you want, better yet!
Let’s Get Started
If you want you can paint your sticks; a gradient looks really cool, or a rainbow pattern….It was a little troublesome. The bursts of air from the spray paint made my sticks fly around. Next time I will get some pre-colored sticks -That’s a lot easier if you want to go that route and not deal with messy paints. Especially since I have to paint BOTH sides!
I did end up getting a set of colored sticks because I wanted some to enhance these. OK, it’s power tool time! You will need a drill and a very small bit for the next steps, as well as something safe to drill over.
Popsicle sticks are approximately 4 and three fourths of an inch in length. I want to put the hole in the middle obviously but need to measure to find the sweet spot.
I thought at first: “Is there a better way to mark 48 sticks rather than measuring each one over and over?” I am all for side-stepping tedious tasks when there’s a better way so I had to come up with something. I then had it…I measured the first stick and then made the measurement onto this wood block here I was using to have a protective place for drilling:
But what worked best was drilling the first hole in that one stick and then using it as a proxy for all the other sticks.
Make sure you have a protected work space. If you’re a cheap-o upcycler like me, do what I do and grab a scrap of wood. I found this and a few others just lying by this house under construction and I knew it was a no-brainer to take them. You do not need much pressure at all to go through something light like popsicle sticks so it fits the bill perfectly.
Follow my method above to make the marks on the craft sticks where the centered hole will go! Next get a real tiny bit in place. Now make the holes...only light pressure and it takes like two seconds per stick. I timed it and it probably took about half an hour for all 48 sticks.
The hole doesn’t need to be any bigger than that left by a thumbtack…Blow off the remaining dust -there will be some left even with teeny holes.
Now get yourself some fishing line (Don’t use dental floss, I only use it in a pinch – it’s not strong enough). Depending on how many craft sticks you are using cut off about three feet of a strand.
Now we’re going to double it…Get a needle and thread it through the strand – this will enhance its strength. I always double my bead stringing strands…just act like you’re threading a needle to stitch something.
Make a good strong knot at the bottom.Tie it several rounds around -it doesn’t have to be perfect and I’m not a world class knot tier 🙂 Just needs to be able to hold some beads with tiny openings.
If you’ve got your bead collection, choose a few with tiny holes (don’t use pony beads for this -they’ll fall off) and string them down till they reach the knot. You only need a few-they will accent your windspinner and also make the sticks hold in place well.
When you’ve got enough beads , we’re going to start threading the popsicle sticks through. By using a needle, we make this part easier which is great. especially threading on them one by one. If you’ve got different colors, try to bundle together like colors together as you thread them through.
As you can see, I’ve got a neat little gradient going….Don’t worry if the colors are not perfectly aligned, just do the best you can.
When you have gotten all of your popsicle sticks threaded through add some more pretty beads to finish it off (and lessen any slack between the sticks. They need to be able to move freely but still be close enough together to form the pretty spiral pattern.
Wrap the remaining end of the fishing line around your fingers making a loop and tie it off as close as you can to the beads. You may have to do a few wraparounds to get it secure. Don’t worry, if fishing line can handle a big bass it can handle these sticks!
When you have gotten a secure loop now it is ready to hang it up! As an option you can spray it with waterproof sealant to protect it if you hang it outside.
Right now we are having some pretty wild weather (lots of sudden rain, wind and storm conditions) so I’ve decided to hold off on hanging my new spinner outside. No worries…it still looks great gracing my office. I’ve got it hanging below a vent so it does spin around a little.
What do you think? Does this method sounds easier than gluing the sticks? Let me know how it goes for you!