It’s summer, and everyone’s up for some delicious and refreshing popsicles! Got some sticks left? Don’t throw them away, let’s repurpose them and create some fun things.
Popsicle sticks can be a great source of crafts for kids. Popsicle stick puzzles, sculptures, musical instruments, ninja turtles, planes and houses and many other toys can be made of them. To create a puzzle on popsicle sticks, tape the sticks together by placing a long strip of masking tape on top while ensuring the sticks stay tightly beside each other. Then flip over the stuck-together sticks so that the tape is on the bottom. All you need to do is draw out a sketch of the puzzle on the other side. Then use a thin paint brush and acrylic paint and gradually color the sketch. Add additional colors to make the puzzle even more attractive and colorful. Once the color has dried, carefully take the tape off the back and separate the sticks.
The 4th of July is coming, so why not use popsicle sticks to make a flag? Paint popsicle sticks red and white. Apply two coats on the front and one on the back. Allow paint to dry completely before next step. Use painter’s tape to create a rectangle for the blue section of the flag. Apply 1-2 coats of blue paint. Glue popsicle sticks onto a piece of cardstock. Let the glue dry before next step. Add rhinestone stars to your flag. Glue ribbon around a large popsicle. Use a hot glue gun to cover the front and sides of the stick – be very careful with this step to avoid hot glue burns. Then glue the stick to the back of the flag.
Home decorations can be also made of popsicle sticks or decorated with them, for example, a flower pot. First measure the height of the flowerpot and then cut the craft sticks to that measurement. Use the leftover bits of craft stick to create a second row around the bottom of the pot. Use a strong, thick craft glue to hold the craft sticks in place. If you use a thin white glue, you will be cursing this project up and down because the sticks will just slide out of place. You can also go for hot glue. Pop the plant back into the pot and it is ready!
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