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Summer Boredom Busters: Popsicle Stick Crafts

Summer is the perfect time for kids to unleash their creativity with a little help from mom and a well supplied craft box. Popsicle stick have long been a stable in a craft bin, for good reason, you can do so many things with them. That is what makes Popsicle crafts such a fantastic way to keep kids engaged and having fun.

Here are some simple and exciting ideas that will turn those hot summer afternoons into creative adventures.

Recycle or Buy Fresh

Before diving into the crafts, remember that you can recycle popsicle sticks from old projects or popsicles. Just make sure they’re clean and dry! If you need more, many craft stores sell fresh popsicle sticks in various sizes and colors.

Tip: Dyeing Recycled Popsicle Sticks with Kool-Aid

Want to add vibrant colors to your recycled sticks? Try dyeing them with Kool-Aid! Here’s how:

  • Materials Needed:
    • Clean, dry popsicle sticks
    • Kool-Aid packets (various colors)
    • Cups or bowls
    • Hot water
    • Paper towels
  • Instructions:
    1. In a cup or bowl, mix one packet of Kool-Aid with about 1 cup of hot water. Stir until completely dissolved.
    2. Submerge the popsicle sticks in the solution. Let them soak for 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired intensity of the color.
    3. Remove the sticks and place them on paper towels. Allow them to dry completely.

This method adds a splash of color to your projects and makes them even more exciting! It also helps with half dyed recycle popsicle sticks. Consider dying the wood half a different color from the popsicle half.

1. The Basic Popsicle Stick Picture Frames

What You Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint, markers, or koolaid
  • Stickers or decorative items
  • A photo
  • String or ribbon (optional)

How to Make:

  1. If dying the sticks with koolaid do that first.
  2. Lay four sticks in a square or rectangle to form a frame and glue the corners. Take time to make sure your frame is the size you want.
  3. Once dry, decorate with paint, markers, stickers, or other items.
  4. Glue a photo to the back of the frame.
  5. Add a small stick as a stand or a loop of string to hang it.

Kids love personalizing frames, and it’s a great way to display summer memories! Even better, exchange with cousins or friends to make the memories even more special.

2. Bird Feeders

What You Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • String
  • Birdseed

How to Make:

  1. Glue sticks together to form a square base.
  2. Build up the sides by gluing sticks in a crisscross pattern.
  3. Attach a string to hang the feeder.
  4. Fill with birdseed and hang outside.

Bonus: Attracts birds to your yard, allowing kids to observe nature while contributing to wildlife care.

3. Popsicle Stick Coasters

What You Need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint or wood stain
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • stencils or decorative paper (optional)

How to Make:

  1. Arrange sticks side by side to form a square or herringbone pattern
  2. Glue sticks together, reinforcing with extra sticks on the back. Allow plenty of time to dry.
  3. Paint or stain as desired. (have fun with stencils, or paper patterns like decoupage)
  4. Seal with Mod Podge for durability.

Coasters are both functional and decorative, these coasters make great gifts and help protect furniture. Make a set for every room and every season.

More Popsicle Stick Ideas:

1. Popsicle Stick Treasure Box
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, glue, paint or markers.
  • Instructions: Glue sticks together to form a box, stacking in a crisscross pattern. Decorate with paint or markers.
2. Popsicle Stick Wind Chime
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, string, beads, paint.
  • Instructions: Paint sticks and attach strings with beads. Tie to a branch or hoop to create a wind chime.
3. Popsicle Stick Puzzles
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, markers or paint.
  • Instructions: Lay sticks side by side and draw a picture across them. Mix up the sticks to create a fun puzzle.
4. Popsicle Stick Planters
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, small pots, paint, glue.
  • Instructions: Paint sticks and glue them around small pots for a decorative planter.
5. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, glue, paint, glitter.
  • Instructions: Glue sticks into snowflake shapes, decorate with paint and glitter.
6. Popsicle Stick Catapults
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, small plastic spoon.
  • Instructions: Stack and rubber band several sticks for a base. Attach a spoon with a rubber band for launching small objects.
7. Popsicle Stick Birdhouses
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, glue, paint.
  • Instructions: Assemble sticks to form a simple birdhouse shape. Decorate with paint.
8. Popsicle Stick Photo Holders
  • Materials: Popsicle sticks, glue, small clothespins, paint.
  • Instructions: Create a base with sticks, attach a clothespin, and decorate. Use to hold photos or notes.

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