Awesome popsicle stick crafts idea
If you’ve been searching for a new budget-friendly, DIY jewelry idea, then popsicle stick bracelets are for you! You can personalize this fun and easy craft with any paper design you like, or make this a kid-friendly project, and let kids decorate the shaped bracelets with paint.
how to make popsicle stick bracelets
I’m in love with these popsicle stick bracelets. You can pick up a bunch of craft sticks at the store for just a few dollars and dress them up any way you like. Instead of using decorative paper and Modge Podge to create your bracelet, try fabric or paint. Opt for the jumbo popsicle sticks, which are six-inches long. Shaping the sticks in mini mason jars made the perfect size bracelets for my wrists. You may want to use measuring tape to be sure the vessel you use to shape the popsicle sticks works for your (or a kid’s) wrist.
you will need
- jumbo popsicle sticks (6-inches long)
- mini (8-ounce) mason jars or comparable drinking glasses
- decorative paper
- modge podge
- paint brush
First, prepare the paper you will later use to decorate your popsicle sticks. Trace a stick on the back of patterned paper with the pencil. Cut out the shapes and set aside.
Next, prepare your popsicle stick bracelets. Place about eight craft sticks in a sauce pan of water. Be sure to add plenty of water, as a significant amount will evaporate while boiling. Bring the sauce pan of water to a boil. Boil the sticks for 30 minutes. Let the sticks sit in the hot water for an additional 15 minutes. Use tongs to remove a stick. Wood does not conduct heat well, so the stick should be easy to handle, but if you find the stick too hot, please use caution and let it cool slightly, or use a towel or gloves to protect your hands. Shape the stick into a circle inside a mason jar, positioned at the top of the jar. Let the sticks dry overnight. Note you will likely have one or two sticks break, so just be sure to boil a couple extra.
When the sticks are fully dry and ready to decorate, brush a thin layer of Modge Podge over the outside of the bracelet. Carefully attach one of the paper shapes and smooth. Apply a coat of Modge Podge to the top of the paper. Let dry and apply one to two more coats.
Popsicle stick bracelets, are easy to make, inexpensive, and versatile, and a great DIY jewelry craft for grown-ups, kids, and oooh, better yet.. a tween or teen birthday party idea!
This post for popsicle stick bracelets also appears on Crafts by Amanda.