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Crafts With Popsicle Sticks

Crafts With Popsicle Sticks

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Popsicle sticks are certainly one of the most versatile arts and crafts supplies out there. Not only are they fun to work with, and perfect for loads of projects, craft sticks are even fun to prepare. That's right, kids can paint, color or decorate their popsicle sticks on one occasion, and create something on the next, turning one project into two busy and fun-filled afternoons. Here are some classic and adorable crafts with popsicle sticks.

Jewelry box: You can make your jewelry box how ever big you want it to be. Paint, color or decorate a number of popsicle sticks before you begin. Take four popsicle sticks, lay two down parallel to each other in a vertical direction and glue the other two onto the edges parallel to each other in a horizontal position. You should have formed a perfect square with two sticks' ends under and two sticks' ends on top. Continue this pattern until you've reached your desired height. If you run out of craft sticks, simply decorate more according to your pattern or design, and then continue glueing where you left off. Turn over and glue several craft sticks horizontally across the bottom to create a base for the jewelry box. Glue two more sticks vertically across the base to secure the row of horizontal popsicle sticks in place. You can make a cover in the same manner also. IF you want to make it really unique, add bumpers to the corners of your jewelry box. Cut eight popsicle sticks to the height of your box, and four about " long. Glue the eight long pieces to the corners of your project and the four small pieces to the tops of each corner for a trendy look. You can use this method for loads of other ideas as well. Try building a triangular shaped box for candies or a house.

Note holder: This is one of the easier crafts with popsicle sticks. Glue a number of colorful or pre-decorated popsicle sticks together side by side. Glue a large square of cardstock paper to the front of this row, leaving enough on top and bottom so you can see the pretty craft sticks. To this cardstock square, glue any notepad or sticky pad that your child likes, and voila. You can glue a magnet to the back to hang on the fridge or attach a string to the corners for wall hanging.

Pencil holder: Using a toilet paper roll or an empty can or jar, glue popsicle sticks around the outside of your tube. If using a toilet paper roll, you can cut out a small circle from cardstock paper and glue to the base for more stability. Personalize and enjoy!

Picture frames: Picture frames can be made to fit any size picture, and matting can be added for more sophisticated projects. Use your picture as a guide. Put the photo on your surface, and place two popsicle sticks next to each other on the far left edge of the picture. Do the same for the right side, the top and the bottom edges. You should now have eight popsicle sticks framing your picture. Decorate the sticks (use the picture as a guide to make themed craft sticks), and then glue the top and bottom sticks to the right and left sticks, forming a frame around the picture. Place a thin line of glue around the entire perimeter of the photo, and attach to the frame. Now you can fondly remember that moment forever.

Plant pals: Make friendly faces with various materials, attach to a popsicle stick, and dig these adorable plant pals into your garden or favorite potted plant.

Puppets: Draw or glue fun and fanciful characters to create easy to use puppets for your next show. Felt scraps can be cut into faces, clothing, and accessories, and yarn or curly hair strands add more detail. Help kids make puppets for each character of their favorite book, and then watch as they act out their beloved bedtime stories.

Recipe card holder: Make a base of about 12 small/6 jumbo popsicle sticks (amounts may vary according to taste) gluing sticks side by side in a vertical line. Next take about 4 sticks and glue them together one atop the other (so you end up with a thick stack of craft sticks glued together). Make two of these stacks, one for each side, and then glue one to the right most side of the row of 12/6 popsicle sticks and one to the leftmost side. Now you're going to make a front pocket by gluing about 6/4 craft sticks to the bottom half of the pre-glued stacks. What you should have now is a back attached to a front pocket via two pillars. Finally, you're going to make an upside down "V" to hang your project from. Turn your recipe holder over so that the backside is exposed. Take two sticks, glue one tip to the other on a slant so that you form an upside down "V", and glue the two other ends to the right and left side of your holder. Allow to dry, and decorate as you wish. You can paint the recipe card holder, or add embellishments such as miniature rolling pins, flowers, ribbon, etc.

Super easy flags, signs or masks: Out of cardstock or heavy duty paper, draw and cut your flag, sign or mask designs. Glue one or two jumbo popsicle sticks to the backside of your project, and you have a fun toy that your child will love.

Here are some ideas for crafts with popsicle sticks:

Door hanger- leave cute welcomes or send a clear message not to disturb

Jumbo popsicle sticks can be used for travel game boards, such as tic tac toe.

Popsicle sticks also make adorable mini signs for buffet tables or place cards at a dinner party.

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