If you enjoy eating popsicles, you might want to hold onto some of the extra sticks. With a little creativity you can transform them into some interesting creations! Check out a few different crafts and art projects you can develop with some wooden sticks and a few other materials.
Popsicle Stick Plant Hanger
- Popsicle sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Rope or heavy yarn
- Planted pot
- Lay two sticks parallel to each other flat on a table; use a hot glue gun to glue two more sticks flat on top to form a square.
- Continue stacking and gluing sticks until you create a square five sticks tall. Cut a length of rope or heavy yarn double the distance your planter will hang from the ceiling.
- Fold in half and thread the halfway point through the square toward the outside on one corner of the square. Take the ends of the rope and thread through the loop before pulling tight. Do this on all four corners.
- Take all four strands and pull them upward so the rope is taught; tie a knot about halfway up.
- Knot the ropes once more at the top. Position a planted pot in the square and hang the planter.
Craft Stick Airplane
- Large craft sticks
- Mini craft sticks (half the size of the larger ones)
- Small wooden beads
- Wooden clothes pins
- Color the craft sticks and clothes pin with your markers.
- Place a dot of glue in the middle of 2 large craft sticks. Place the sticks on the top and the bottom of the clothes pin for the wings.
- After the wings dry, glue a smaller craft stick on the back for the plane’s tail. Glue a wooden bead onto the middle of another mini craft stick for the propeller; let it dry.
- Stand the plane up and glue the propeller on the top opening of the clothes pin. Hold it in place until it dries.
Craft Stick Pencil Holder
- Craft sticks (about 35 to 40)
- Paints of different colors
- A piece of sponge or foam or anything else that could serve as a base
- Decide which colors you would like to use for your pencil holder.
- Line up your craft sticks; you will need 6 craft sticks per side. Paint the sticks one whole color, or do half and half. Use any color selection you wish.
- If you are giving this as a gift, use some extra paint (like black) to write a small message or draw an image.
- To glue the sticks together, take one set of 6 craft sticks and line them up. Take another craft stick and stick it horizontally across the back of all 6 craft sticks. You can cut the extra bits of this craft stick after gluing.
- Use the glue and stick the 4 sets of sticks together so they form a box.
- Put a piece of sponge at the bottom of the pencil holder that is cut to form a shape equivalent to the size of the base. Throw some pencils in to test it.
Popsicle Stick Drink Coaster
- Popsicle sticks (12 will do)
- Wire cutters, pliers or anything that cleanly cuts wood
- Glue (any type will do)
- Acrylic paint
- Cut off the ends of 12 craft sticks. Each will be left without the rounded edges.
- Place a piece of paper on a flat surface and place 1 stick vertically on it. Place 2 more sticks horizontally at the top and the bottom of the first, parallel to each other. The first stick is used for measurement.
- Take the first vertical stick and glue it on its side onto the 2 horizontal sticks.
- Glue another stick to connect the other end of the two flat sticks. Glue a third one in the center.
- Take the rest of the sticks and glue them onto the base one by one. You can either cover the entire top surface, or keep small and even gaps between the sticks while gluing them to the base.
- When you’re done gluing, you can finish or paint your pallet coaster to your liking.
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