DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets
Not only is it an activity that is simple enough for any age to do (once you get the popsicle sticks bent, or course), it’s also a great activity for events beyond Christmas, such as a birthday party, a Girl Scout sleepover event, or even for a group of your friends. The ideas are limitless! Here’s what you’ll need to these fabulous (and thrifty) popsicle stick bracelets:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Container (to hold water in while popsicle sticks soak)
- Cup/ glass with an opening slightly bigger than your wrist (to shape bracelet)
- Scrapbook paper, markers, yarn, paint, beads, sequins, etc. (to decorate your bracelet)
- Sealer or Modge Podge (optional)
- TIP: If you want to speed this process up, have them soak in a bath of boiling water. I did this a few times (about 30 minutes worth), and could bend it enough to move on to the next step.
- TIP: If you start to hear the popsicle stick breaking, stop bending it immediately, and soak it long in the water.
- Tip: After I bent the popsicle stick enough to where it would fit in the rim of the glass, I filled the glass up with hot water, allowing the bracelet to soak once more. This is optional, but seems to help prevent the wood from splintering if you are doing the quick method I mentioned above.
- TIP: I left the popsicle stick drying in the glass for at least 2 days to make sure most of the water dried out of the bracelet.
- TIP: If you paint or glue paper or glitter on your bracelet, the wood will begin to loose it’s shape. I simply stuck it back into the cup I had used in Step 2 once the paint or glue was dry to the touch. This made sure the bracelet kept it’s shape throughout the entire process.