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10+ Affordable Popsicle Stick Crafts That Are Kid-Friendly

10+ Affordable Popsicle Stick Crafts That Are Kid-Friendly
Justin Stewart Jan 22, 2020
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When it comes to keeping your kids entertained after school or during the summer months, there are tons of crafts you can share with them.

Popsicle sticks are a truly convenient and versatile craft project item, and they can be used in many ways!

Having a stockpile of these little craft tools can keep your kids in crafting heaven all year around, and the fun and functional ways to use these craft tools will astound you.

There’s no need to run to the store and buy fancy materials for your kids crafts because eventually they will outgrow these and they can get lost or tossed without any problem.

If you’re looking for awesome craft ideas for your kids to enjoy, these different projects will keep them busy any day of the week.

15 Popsicle Crafts for Kids

Besides popsicles, there are just a few different materials you’ll need to complete most of these crafts, some of which you probably already have on hand.

You’ll be able to jump right in to these projects and your kids will have a ton of fun making them!

1. Handprint Tulip Flower Garden

This is a great craft for kids, as it is very simple and can be hung up on your wall.

Your kids will make a tiny garden on paper, and with their small hands they’ll create “tulips” that are hand shaped right on the page.

They’ll enjoy this craft because they get to get a little bit messy and make something that can be hung up on the fridge or gifted to grandma!

To get started you’ll need:

  • kids paint
  •  paintbrush
  • construction paper
  • mini popsicle sticks
  • flower stickers
  • glitter

To get started on the handprint tulips, you’ll begin by selecting the paint colors you’d like your tulips to be.

Using one color at a time, have your kids dip their hands in the paint and make hand prints across the top of their construction paper.

They can make as many handprints as they want.

You can choose to fill the whole page or just make a few!

If you’d like, they can be different colors or just one color across the entire pafe.

You can also choose to alternate pages and make the handprints a group effort from all the kids making this craft on each page.

You can make its a friendship garden by displaying everyone’s handprints on one piece of construction paper.

Once the handprints have been created on the construction paper, its time to move on to the next step.

Set the construction paper aside and allow the hand prints to dry.

Grab your popsicle sticks and paint them green.

When these are dry, glue them underneath the hand prints on the construction paper.

These will be your flower stems!

Next comes the embellishments.

You can use anything to decorate your flower gardens.

Flower stickers and glitter are great decorating tools, and you can even use foam stickers to help them pop off the page and develop a 3D design!

2. Make a Cute Fairy Door for Your Garden

This craft is especially adorable and a great way to help your kids use their imagination!

We all know that everyone loves the idea of the mythical fairy, and finding fun ways to help them visit is a great way to bring your kids imagination to life.

This craft is pretty simple, you’re making fairy doors for little fairies to come visit you in your garden.

These doors can be left around your garden, and you can make more than one to have different places for them to appear.

This craft is a perfect way to keep the magic alive in the life of your kids, and it doesn’t take long to make them!

You can make quite a few and leave them where your child plays in your yard.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle popsicle sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Garden shears
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gumnut

To get started, you’ll want to grab your popsicle sticks and paint them a fairy-friendly color.

Green, brown, purple, red, or any color will do!

You should use about seven popsicle sticks, but you can make the door as wide or as narrow as you wish.

After your popsicle sticks have dried, you’re going to want to line them up so they are even.

The door should be door shaped, so make sure they line up across the top and bottom.

Next, take two more popsicle sticks and cut them so they are the length across of your fairy door when placed horizontally on them.

You can use the garden sheers to do this, as the popsicle sticks may be too hard to cut with regular scissors.

Next, you’ll want to hot glue the cut popsicle sticks to the back of your painted popsicle sticks to give your fairy door support.

On the from of your fairy door, you’ll want to hot glue a gumnut to create the door knob.

If you don’t have a gumnut on hand, you can use any small round object to act as your door knob.

And that’s it!

After you’ve created your fairy doors, take them outside and glue them or place them wherever you believe fairies may live!

Soon, you’ll have fairies visiting your garden to help keep it lush, green and magical!

3. Avengers Bookmarks

Today, everybody knows about The Avengers thanks to the incredible movie franchise and the comic series.

This cast of characters have taken the world by storm, and superheroes have never been more popular!

When it comes to your kids, they probably love the franchise as much as everyone else, and finding ways to incorporate their favorite characters into their crafts can be a treat.

When it comes to influencing your kids to read, having cool tools like Avengers bookmarks to keep their place can help them want to read more.

Since there are many Avengers characters, its a good idea to pick some of the most popular ones and create some kid-fancy bookmarks.

The Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man are some of the top favorites, but you can make any character you want.

To get started on this project, you’ll need:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks – The big fat ones in particular because they will stay in your kids books easier.
  • White paint pen – a paint pen is a lot easier to use, but you could certainly use white paint and a fine tip paintbrush.

The suggested colors for these particular Avengers characters are red, gold, blue, green, purple, white, black and peach.

To get started on your Avengers bookmarks, you’ll want to grab your jumbo popsicle sticks and a pencil.

On your jumbo popsicle sticks, draw on the characters features such as their mouths, eyes, outlines for hair or the features of their costumes.

Once you’ve drawn on their features, you should paint the most prominent sections of the characters costumes or features.

If it’s the Iron Man, you’ll want to paint the gold sections of his helmet and superhero outfit.

As for the Hulk, paint the green of his skin.

For Captain American, paint the peach of his skin and the white section where the red and white stripes go on his helmet and costume.

When those areas have dried, you’ll want to paint the purple on The Hulk and the black for his hair.

For Captain America, you’ll want to paint the red of his American flag stripes.

For Iron Man, you’ll want to paint the red section of his costume and the red parts of his helmet .

Once the previous sections of Captain America’s stripes have dried, paint the blue of the rest of his costume.

Once these popsicle sticks have dried, grab your white paint pen.

Paint in the eyes and mouth of The Hulk, the eyes and unibeam of Iron Man, and the A of Captain Americas helmet, his eyes, and the star on his chest.

Next, you’ll want to take your black sharpie and draw on The Hulk’s eyebrows and pupils.

Use your sharpie for Iron Man’s mouth and Captain America’s pupils.

Take your black ballpoint pen and outline the mouth and teeth for The Hulk.

Let these popsicle sticks dry completely.

After they’ve dried, coat them in your clear paint sealer or Mod Podge to protect the painted areas.

Let these dry completely before using them in a book.

These bookmarks will be perfect for your Avengers fans at home!

4. Popsicle Stick Ballerinas

If you’ve got little dancers at home, this is a perfect craft to help them celebrate this lovely art form and keep them entertained when they’re home from school!

This craft is a little more “girly” but can be enjoyed by boys and girls alike!

This craft is great for creating something that can be prominently displayed or used during play time.

To get started on your popsicle stick ballerinas, you’ll need:

  • Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • School Glue
  • Paint Pens (or craft paint & paint brushes)
  • Cardstock
  • Bow Punch
  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter or glitter glue

To get started making your popsicle ballerinas, you’ll need to have your kids flatten the cupcake liners and fold them in half.

Glue the cupcake liners to the center of each popsicle stick.

This addition will act as the ballerina’s tutu.

Let these dry.

Next, you’ll want to grab your paint and draw on a face and hair.

Add the ballet slippers onto the popsicle stick at the bottom with your paint pens.

Next, using the bow shaped hole punch, create the bows for your ballerina’s hair.

Glue the hair bows on to your popsicle sticks.

After this is done, take a few pipe cleaners and wrap one around the center of each popsicle stick to create the ballerinas arms.

When this is finished, let your kids embellish their popsicle sticks with glitter, rhinestones, or any other cute addition.

When they’re finished, let them dry completely and then display them wherever they can be admired!

5. Popsicle Stick Farm Animals

The great part of having popsicle sticks on hand for crafts is that they can be turned into just about anything you can think of, including farm animals!

You can make cows, horses, pigs, chickens or any creature you can think of.

This is a fun craft because your kids can pick any starting color and make a farm animal out of them.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Tan and pink buttons
  • Small pink beads
  • Felt that is light brown, dark brown, black, pink, orange, and red
  • Paint: white, black, light brown, pink and orange

First, you’ll have your kids pick the color for their popsicle stick animals.

Have them paint the popsicle stick completely on one or both sides.

To create snouts and noses, use buttons.

For manes, beaks or hair, use the felt and cut them into the proper shapes.

To add stripes and spots, use a black sharpie or paint them on with craft paint brushes.

Paint on ears for cows, cats, or pigs or the combs for chickens.

Using your craft glue or glue dots, add on some google eyes for your farm animals on each popsicle stick.

Glue on your felt, buttons and beads for the different features of your barn critters, and you’ll have a bunch of new farm friends for your kids to play with!

6. Build a Marble Run with Popsicle sticks

When it comes to popsicle stick crafts, you can make almost anything for your kids to enjoy, including cool games!

Marble run games are a lot of fun and can keep your kids entertained for hours.

Making this craft is super easy and its functional.

This is a great toy for young and older kids alike, and its made out of simple materials you can easily find around the house.

Keep in mind that this is a sturdy project that can outlast the test of play time, and its a great project for kids who enjoy more challenging crafts.

This is simply a marble maze, and the interior design of your maze box can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like it to be.

You can also make this craft as big or as small as you’d like.

It’s a perfect project for those summer days where its too hot to play outside, or when your kids are bored on a cold winter day.

You can choose to make your maze in a shoe box or a big box from an Amazon delivery.

All you’ll need to get started on this craft is:

  • A box or box lid
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A glue gun
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Marbles

The popsicle sticks are going to be glued on their sides, so it’s important to make sure they are secure and the glue has dried completely before playing this game.

For this particular project, you want to steer clear of craft glue because the time it’ll take to dry will be too long for the popsicle sticks to stay upright as they dry.

You can have your kids plan out their marble maze design on a piece of paper to help them decide how they want to place their popsicle sticks before the project begins.

This will give your kids the opportunity to develop an intricate maze that will make playing with their new homemade toy more fun!

The more tracks, the more adventurous playtime will be.

You can use craft scissors to cut your popsicle sticks down to the desired sizes for the interior of your marble maze.

You can place the popsicle sticks wherever you desire!

Once you’ve created the interior of your marble maze, let the glue around the popsicle sticks dry completely.

Next, you’ll want to cut holes into one of the sides of your box if its larger version of the maze.

This will allow you to drop in the marble and tilt it on its side to watch it go down the different marble tracks.

If you want, you can cut holes in different areas to give your kids the option of multiple entry points so they have infinite ways to use their new toy.

You can add more popsicle sticks after your maze has been used a few times to keep things really interesting.

If you want to make it more competitive, you can also add points to the different popsicle sticks to see who gets the most points for hitting the most sticks on the way down!

7. Popsicle Stick Frame

When it comes to popsicle stick crafts, many of us recall our school days when we made popsicle stick frames with our classmates!

This is a classic craft, and its so simple to make that anyone can do it!

You might find yourself wanting to make one for yourself because its so simple and these little frames can be fun and versatile tools for displaying important lists and drawings.

This craft doesn’t call for particularly special materials, and they’re pretty fast to make.

This is a particularly open ended craft, as you can make these as simple or as complicated as you’d like to.

To get started on your popsicle stick frames, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Foam sticky sheets (for the frame backing)
  • Scissors
  • Jewels
  • Glitter
  • Stickers

With this project, you can choose to use jumbo popsicle sticks for thicker frames or regular popsicle sticks for smaller frames.

You also have the option of using Elmers glue if your kids are too young to handle a hot glue gun, but the drying time will be substantially longer.

If you’d like, you can do the gluing and your kids can do all of the decorating!

To get started on your frame, set your popsicles in your desired shape.

Square, rectangular or triangular are all options!

Before you glue the frame pieces together, have your kids paint them in the base colors that they want to use.

Allow the paint to dry completely before gluing them together, or the glue might not stick as well as you’d like it to.

You can also choose to use popsicle sticks that are already colored to help skip this step.

Next, using your hot glue gun, glue all of the corners of your popsicle sticks together.

You’ll want to supervise your kids if they’re using a hot glue gun and gluing the popsicle sticks together themselves.

It’s recommended that kids under the age of six have this portion of the project completed by an adult to avoid any injury from the heated glue gun.

Once the pieces of the frame are all put together, allow the glue to dry completely.

Next, you’ll want to decorate your new popsicle stick frames!

If you want to leave the painting portion for the aftermath of the gluing, you can do that as well.

You can easily hot glue on ribbon, rhinestones, or any other craft embellishment.

Little craft flowers can be a great idea, especially if you want to incorporate a spring or summer feel into your frame display.

Once you’ve finished embellishing your frame, allow any glued areas to dry completely.

You can set the frame aside and work on the backing while you wait for the glue to fully dry.

You’ll want to grab the sticky foam sheet and cut it into the shape of the frame.

Once this is cut, you can decide what you’d like to put in your frame.

It can be an image, a drawing, a blank sheet of paper for an ongoing creation, or anything you want to frame!

Once you’ve decided what you’d like to add to your frame, you can take the sticky foam you’ve cut and adhere the image or photo to it directly.

Next, you’ll stick the sticky foam onto the back of your popsicle stick frame!

You can secure the edges of your sticky foam sheet to the frame with a small dab of hot glue to make sure it doesn’t come off too if you’d like.

There are infinite uses for the classic popsicle stick frame, and they’re so easy to make you can always take a quick break from your daily routine and make a new one!

8. Popsicle Stick Bracelets

Making crafts out of popsicle sticks is fun and easy for kids of all ages, but making wearable crafts is even more fun and inventive!

This craft is a great way for your kids to express their individuality and their fashion sense in one go.

It’s a perfect craft to make at home, at summer camp or on a play date.

To get started on this simple craft, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot Water
  • A small glass cup
  • A medium sized glass dish
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Rhinestones
  • Washi tape
  • Hot glue gun

To get started on this craft, you’ll want to boil some water.

When the water is ready, place the popsicle sticks in the hot water and let them sit for about 30 minutes.

You can use jumbo sticks for wider bracelets or regular width popsicle sticks for thinner bracelets.

After the 30 minutes have passed, pull one of the sticks out of the water and see if they are easy to bend with a little pressure.

If they’re not pliable enough, return them to the water.

Feel free to boil some more water and reintroduce the popsicle sticks to the higher temperature to help speed up the process.

Using hot water will keep the sticks from splitting and splintering, so make sure to let them soak for as long as necessary.

After the popsicle sticks have reached the necessary softness, take them out one by one and gently manipulate them into a curved shape.

Try to make them as wide or as small as you would need them to be so they can properly fit the wrist of the intended wearer.

Next, you’ll want to curve the popsicle stick into a curve small enough to fit inside of the small glass cup.

The smaller the cup, the smaller the bracelet, so feel free to use a larger glass like a pint glass if the bracelet is intended for an older kid.

After the bracelet has been placed inside the cup, set the glass near an open window or in front of a fan to help it dry.

You can leave the glass overnight to make sure its fully dry.

When the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the interior of your cup.

Now they’re ready to decorate!

The fastest and easiest way to decorate the bracelet is to wrap it in printed Washi tape.

This results in an instant gratification feeling as this is a quick and painless way to decorate these bracelets, and there won’t be a mess to clean!

Washi tape comes in all sorts of colors and prints, making this a fun and easy way to up the classiness of this craft without too much of a hassle.

You can also wrap the bracelet in colorful embroidery thread.

Furthermore, you can make it so the colors alternate, are all the same, or use a metallic thread to help give these craft bracelets some fancy gleam.

You can also take some painters tape or masking tape and wrap the bracelet in different patterns.

The tape should be thin so it doesn’t cover all of the bracelet.

After the tape has been wrapped around the bracelet, you can use acrylic paint to paint the open areas and create a pretty design.

Allow this paint to dry and then remove the tape, revealing your new bracelet pattern!

You can affix rhinestones or use glitter to help give your bracelet some sparkle and make them as personalized as you’d like.

Once all of the embellishments and design elements have been set on your bracelet, use a thumbtack to poke two holes on either end of the bracelet.

Make sure to do this far back enough from the edges of the bracelet, and gently, because you don’t want to split open the stick.

After this is done, thread through some embroidery thread to help create a securing element, and attach beads to the end so the thread doesn’t come out of the bracelet.

After this is done, your bracelet is ready to wear!

9. Popsicle stick Harmonicas

When it comes to the summer months, there’s a lot of time for playing outdoors to enjoy the summer weather and freedom from school.

This is a great way to pass the time, but on occasion you’ll find that the outside world is too hot for anyone to enjoy.

On these days, we need indoor activities to keep us busy, and that means finding inventive ways for your kids to stay busy (and not drive you crazy).

To help keep your kids entertained, its easy to grab a ton of craft supplies and sit them around a table with a project in mind.

If your kids are musically inclined, or just like to make some noise, this craft project can be amazingly perfect for them.

These harmonicas are awesome because they are actually functional, fun to play around with, and easy to make.

Nothing beats having your kids develop a toy they can use out of cheap materials.

They’ll love it because they are fun, a little goofy, and they made them themselves.

This project doesn’t call for much in terms of supplies, and you can choose to decorate them or not.

Decorating them will make them more personal though, and your kids will probably find that to be the funnest part.

These harmonicas take some trial and error to get going the right way, but that’s all part of the fun.

Once your kids figure out how to make the noise aspect work, they’ll be buzzing all over the house with their new favorite toy.

With these harmonicas, you can control the pitch by squeeze it and blowing hard or soft.

This will add variation to the sound and make it a new homemade musical toy for your kids.

To get started on these cool toy harmonicas, you’ll need:

  • Jumbo popsicle popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Candy wrapper (foil or plastic will work)
  • Rubber bands
  • Stickers
  • Rhinestones
  • Foam Shapes

Once you’ve gotten all your supplies together, it’s time to dive in.

For this project, you want to use a candy wrapper or a wrapper for something like a granola bar (think Nature’s Valley).

The reason for this is that the material the wrapper is made of won’t deteriorate when the hot air gets blown passed them to make noise.

Although paper might be more accessible to use, this usually doesn’t hold for long.

Using a wrapper provides a waterproof option that will help the harmonica last longer, and keep your kids entertained for longer too!

For the wrapper itself, you’re going to want to cut it into strips.

These should be a little more narrow than the popsicle sticks so they don’t poke out of the sides.

Another thing to note is that the parts of the wrapper that you use should not be crumpled or bent.

Using flat, unwrinkled pieces of the wrapper will ensure that when the air gets passed over them, they actually produce the noise you’d like them to.

These little tips and tricks will make a world of difference once these harmonicas are done being made, and your kids will love the sound they make.

Make sure the strips of the wrapper are just slightly shorter than the length of the popsicle stick.

One centimeter of difference is perfect.

To make your harmonica, cut out your wrapper strips.

Lay out your popsicle sticks so they are flat and on an even surface.

Place the strips in the center of the popsicle sticks.

Next, take your toothpicks and cut them in half.

Place either end of your toothpicks on the ends of the popsicle stick over top of the wrapper.

Try to keep them centered, and place the other popsicle stick on top of the bottom of your harmonica.

Take your rubber bands and wrap one around each end of your harmonica.

You want to make sure the toothpick stays in place.

The best way to do this is wrap a two rubber bands on each end, each on either side of the toothpicks.

Once your harmonica is securely put together, you can have your kids decorate them with whatever embellishments they want.

If your kids have trouble making a sound with their harmonicas, have them try different pinching methods for the ends of the popsicle sticks.

If the popsicle sticks are too bowed, they won’t be able to produce a sound.

Pinching will help this.

It’s all a matter of trial and error, but it can be done!

10. Popsicle Stick Wreath

When the holidays come calling, decorating the house with decorations is a fun way to incorporate craft time in your home.

Even if the holiday season isn’t around the corner, you can still take out some time to create these popsicle stick wreaths with your kids just for fun.

This craft project is simple and can be done for no good reason, with popsicles decorated in any style you’d like.

This is a fun design project for any age, and you can make multiple wreathes for the different areas of your home.

This version of this project is more suitable for older children or adults because it incorporates the use of a hot glue gun.

This tool is versatile but it can result in injury if the hot glue gun isn’t handled properly.

It’s suggested that there is supervision for any children using a hot glue gun to avoid this from happening.

To get started on your popsicle wreath, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Hole Punch
  • Embroidery hoop

To get started on your popsicle stick wreath, you’ll want to grab your paper plate and draw a 5 inch circle in the center of it.

Next, you’ll want to cut the circle out of the center of the paper plate.

You can use a circle cutter if you have one, or simply use a pair of craft scissors.

You’ll want to discard the circle (or save it for a different craft), and use the outer part of the plate for your wreath.

If you’re interested, you can spray paint the paper plate in a color that you’d like or one that matches the color palette for your final project.

Acrylic paint or marker also works well here, but spray paint will give it a clean finish, adding to the classiness of the overall look.

Let your paper plate dry completely before continuing.

Next, you’ll want to paint your popsicle sticks.

You can choose to decorate your popsicle sticks as elaborately as you’d like.

Try painting the popsicle sticks and covering on end of them with glitter for a cool gradient shimmer appearance.

Allow these to dry.

After your paper plate and popsicle sticks are decorated and dry, place them around the paper plate.

Try placing them at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’ clock positions to start, gluing them in place with a bit of hot glue.

You want to glue the sticks by aligning them with the edge of the hole in the center of the plate.

Angle the sticks so they are pointing towards the centermost point.

Continue to glue the popsicle sticks around the center hole.

Add dimension to your wreath by placing popsicle sticks in a diagonal around the popsicle sticks that have been initially glued on.

Glue popsicle sticks over top the diagonal popsicle sticks, making sure to fill the remaining space so the entire face of the paper plate is covered. 

Make sure the last layer of popsicle sticks are aligned with the center hole and are pointing towards the center.

You can then take an embroidery hoop and paint it, attaching it to the center to create even more dimension.

The last thing you’ll do is punch a hole in the paper plate using a hole punch, and then thread through some string, yarn or embroidery thread. to hang your wreath!

If you’re making this project with young children, use white school glue in place of the hot glue to make it safer and more kid friendly.

11. Make an Abacus!

When it comes to craft projects, they all use some sort of higher design elements boiled down to simple design elements so kids can enjoy the process of creating.

Most craft projects don’t, however, incorporate functional elements that can help your kids learn important subjects like math.

With this popsicle stick abacus, that changes!

This is a functional abacus that can help your kids add, and they’re small enough to take on the go for fun learning opportunities anywhere.

This is also a great project because your kids will have a hand in developing a tool that will help them learn.

It’s a super simple project to create, all you need are some popsicle sticks and a few other crafting tools.

If you’re looking for another way to practice basic math skills in a tactile way with your kids, this abacus is a perfect way to do just that.

To get started you’ll need these tools to make one abacus:

  • 6 jumbo popsicle sticks
  • 8 4-inch bamboo skewers
  • 56 large pony beads
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil

To get started, the first thing you’ll want to do is grab three of your popsicle sticks and lay them down on a flat surface.

They should be parallel to each other.

Next, you’ll draw eight evenly spaced lines on your popsicle sticks.

Feel free to use a ruler and measure the exact distance from end to end, making sure to center the lines across the popsicle stick.

After this is complete, you’ll take your bamboo skewers and align them with the pencil marks across your popsicle sticks.

You will have a popsicle stick on top, one in the center, and one at the bottom of your bamboo skewers.

Next, you’ll dab a small amount of glue overtop the pencil lines on the bottom popsicle stick.

Affix the bamboo sticks to the bottom popsicle stick.

Next, you’ll slide two of the pony beads on each one of your skewers.

You’re going to follow this by gluing the second popsicle stick to your bamboo skewers, matching the lines up on the popsicle sticks to the bamboo skewers.

When this is done, slide another five beads onto your bamboo skewer, and then glue the last popsicle stick to the top of your skewers.

Let this dry completely before moving on.

The next step will be to glue the other three popsicle sticks overtop of the bamboo skewers, lined up with the other popsicle sticks that are on the backside of the abacus.

Let this dry completely.

Flip the abacus over and your ready to go!

Your kid will be able to practice their math skills and love the fact that their abacus was made by their own hands.

Its a great way to keep your kids interested in learning while having a fun time making a craft.

12. Make a Folding Popsicle Stick Fan

If you’re one of those people who loves the foldable fans that are popular staples for cooling off in the summer, then this can be a fun project for your and your kids!

Although these fans won’t open as smoothly as a fancy store bought fan, they’re still fun to make and are enjoyable to play with.

They can also make awesome decorations for your fridge if you affix a magnet to the back of one of your popsicle sticks.

To get started making this folding popsicle stick fan, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Crayons

To make your folding popsicle stick fan, you’re going to want to grab about five popsicle sticks and stack them on top of one another.

Tape all of these popsicle sticks together so they are unable to shift out of form.

Next, you’re going to gently drill a hole straight through your popsicle stick stack, making sure that the hole is a size big enough for the fastener to fit.

While the popsicle sticks are taped together, push the fastener through the stack of popsicle sticks and secure the end so they are all attached.

Remove the tape you’ve been using and discard it.

If the fastener is much longer than the popsicle sticks and kind of hang off, cut them down so the ends are flush against the popsicle sticks and don’t hang off the sides.

If you leave a little room on the length of the fastener, you’ll be able to open the fan more smoothly.

Too much room, and your fan will be wobbly, so use your best judgement to determine how long the fastener should be.

Now you’ll be able to open the popsicle sticks in a fan-like formation.

Spread the popsicle sticks out so they are evenly spaced and lay the fan on paper on a flat surface where they won’t move.

Trace out a fan shape on the paper, making sure to arc the top of the fan so it opens like a traditional fan.

Remove your popsicle stick fan from the paper, and then draw the bottom of the fan in an arc shape that matches the top line.

Next, you’ll cut the fan shape out of the paper carefully.

You’ll want to take this moment to paint the paper with watercolors, markers, crayons, or whatever you’d prefer.

Let the paper completely dry.

After this is done, tape or glue your spread open popsicle sticks to the piece of paper with the colored side facing away from the popsicle sticks.

Only use a very thin layer of white school glue if you decide to forgo tape.

Cut off any of the paper that may hang off of the sides of the fan, using your popsicle sticks as a guide for the edges.

After this is done, you’re going to create the creases for your fan, making it a foldable fan!

You must do this very carefully because the folds will be permanent and you don’t want to end up with creases in the wrong places.

Try folding the paper using the popsicle sticks as a guide, one at a time, until the fan is completely closed.

Now your fan is ready!

You can open it and close it, then open it and close it again!

13. Popsicle Stick Weaving Loom

When it comes to creating by hand, nothing screams traditional DIY making more than a loom!

Weaving is a fun activity that anyone can enjoy, especially because experimenting with different materials for making cool weaving patterns is entertaining.

Making a popsicle stick weaving loom is an easy craft that can help teach your kids the art of weaving.

This is a great way to let your kids enjoy experimenting with patterns and texture.

They’ll also have the added benefit of developing their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as they experiment with using their new loom.

These are also small enough to be portable and allow them to play easily at home or in the car when you’re on the go.

Larger looms can be a lot of fun for children to enjoy, but they can be pricey and you may want to show your kids how to enjoy this crafting skill before letting them use one.

The size of these looms will let kids make small projects quickly and their size will be manageable for smaller children.

The materials you’d need to make your loom aren’t many.

You’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

To make your DIY popsicle sticks loom, you’ll need to take four popsicle sticks and hot glue them together in the shape of a square.

The projects your kids will make on this popsicle stick loom won’t be intended for removal off of the frame.

This popsicle stick loom will be reusable and just for fun.

Because of its small size, it will be easy to weave and unweave endlessly!

After you’ve made your popsicle stick square, you’ll want to wrap it with yarn with even spaces between the threads.

You can do this by simply cutting one long piece of yarn or string and wrapping it around the popsicle sticks.

Next, you’ll want to secure the thread to the popsicle sticks by gluing the ends of the thread to the back side of your popsicle sticks.

Repeat this gluing process where each wrap of the thread meets the popsicle sticks.

To use the loom, you can easily cut up some smaller strips of fabric, ribbon, yarn, embroidery thread or anything you can weave with.

You can keep all these materials in a small container like a basket or bowl and have your kids use and reuse them.

If this is the first introduction to weaving for your kids, you can take this opportunity to bond with your kids by showing them the over and under of weaving!

These will undoubtedly be a fun addition to your home, and your kids will be delighted when they finish making one of their small creations.

14. Popsicle Boat Craft

When the summer time comes along, you may find that your kids are fish out of water!

Being able to play in nature with handmade toys can be a wonderful experience for your kids.

Making cool popsicle stick boats for them to sail can add to their experiences.

This craft has a two levels of difficulty, making it fun for kids of all ages and challenging for older kids who want to really put their construction skills to the test.

These popsicle sticks allow kids to be creative, problem solve, and closely follow specific instructions to help build a functional boat they can use.

To get started making these super cool boats, you’ll want to pick the difficulty level that is appropriate for your kids.

For the easy boat option, you’ll need:

  • 12 Jumbo Popsicle sticks (any color)
  • 1 Standard Popsicle stick (any color)
  • Elmer’s School Glue or E6000 for a stronger hold
  • Construction paper (for your sail)
  • Embellishments
  • Newspaper (to cover your work surface)

To get started on the easy boat, you’ll need to grab four of your jumbo popsicle sticks and lay them flat over some newspaper.

Next, you’ll want to glue jumbo popsicle sticks across the four popsicle sticks that are laid down, one at a time.

Make sure to leave no space between these popsicle sticks, except for the two middle sticks.

This space should be just wide enough to fit a standard size popsicle stick in-between it.

This is because the standard popsicle stick will be where you hang your sail!

Next, you’ll want to create this very sail.

To get started on this, grab a piece of thick construction paper.

Cut the construction paper into whatever shape you’d like your sail to be.

Embellish the sail with whatever adornments your child would prefer.

For the sail, a triangle is perfect, but any shape will do.

Next, you’ll glue your sail to the standard size popsicle stick, and then let it dry completely.

Once the different aspects of your boat have dried, then you’re ready to set sail!

It should be noted that this is where the problem solving for this craft comes in.

If your child’s boat doesn’t float, encourage them to find ways for the boat to float better!

If you’re not near a body of water to test out this theory, set sail in your tub!

To create the medium difficulty boat, you’ll need:

  • Standard Popsicle sticks (any color)
  • Construction paper
  • Embellishments
  • Newspaper (to cover your work surface)

The construction for this boat is only slightly more complex than the previous version.

To begin making this boat, lay out some newspaper and place 12 popsicle sticks laying down in a straight row.

These 12 sticks should be around the width of one standard size popsicle stick.

Next, you’ll place a popsicle stick on each end of your 12 popsicle stick layer, gluing each of the two popsicle sticks along the length of the 12 underneath.

After this, you’re going to stack popsicle sticks on each of the glued down corners of the two popsicle sticks, creating a square shape.

You’ll glue these to the previously glued corners on the side facing up, and continue stacking and gluing the popsicle sticks in a square shape, creating a “log cabin” effect.

Make sure to let these dry completely.

You can stack the popsicle sticks as high as you’d like.

Build up layers reaching at least four or five levels high.

After you’ve finished building the sides, you’re going to make your sail.

Decorate your sail however you’d like, making sure to use a shape that you can poke a hole into the top and bottom of.

A rectangle is perfect for this step!

Next, stick the eyebrow stick through the holes you’ve punched at the top and bottom of your sail, and then glue the bottom of the eyebrow stick to your boat.

Let this glue dry completely.

After this is done, you can go test out your boat!

If your kids have a hard time getting it to stay afloat, have them problem solve ways to get their boat to stay above the water.

15. Easels and Tiny Museum Kit

When it comes to on the go art making, having an easel on hand isn’t always an easy task!

This craft helps change the game by allowing you to create a tiny easel to take with you wherever you go.

This mini museum kit is perfect, and you can carry it anywhere.

Your kids will love this because they’ll be able to set it up on any flat surface and make an instant art station.

These easels mimic the tiny ones that you can find at arts and crafts stores, only they are DIY!

You can also use these mini easels to permanently display mini art works, making them adorable decorations that they can gift to family and friends alike.

To get started on these tiny museum kits, you’ll need: 

  • 2 small easels and 2 smaller easels
  • 6-8 frames, assorted sizes 
  • 6-8 pieces of paper to match the frames
  • Water color palette
  • Q-tips pretending to be brushes
  • A small paper cup to hold water for moistening the Q-tips
  • Some other art medium e.g. mini color pencils, mini markers etc
  • Paper towel for cleaning messes!

To make the different components of your mini museum kits, here are the instructions.

For your easels:

First, cut out a Y-shape from a piece of card stock.

Glue the different points of the Y-shape card stock you’ve cut out onto three different popsicle sticks.

Nexts, glue two smaller popsicle sticks together.

This should create a stack, which will act as the point where the artwork will rest when it is displayed.

Glue this double stack across the two popsicle sticks that create the top of the Y-shape, creating an A-shape that will become the front of the easel.

The remaining popsicle stick will be the counter balance point for your easel, so fold it down behind the now A-shape of your easel.

To create your picture frames you will first cut the shape of the frame out of some card stock or construction paper.

You can use edging scissors to give the outer edges of your frames interesting shapes.

You can then either cut the center out and have the frames sit over top your kids drawings, or you can use double stick tape to help them place their drawings on top.

This will make your frames reusable and let them stick and unstick their drawings securely without damaging them.

All you’ll need to complete your mini museum kit is some water colors, which you can make yourself or buy a mini set from your local craft store.

The other art making materials, such as Q-tips, a paper cup for water, and paper towels for clean up can easily be found around the house.

These mini art making kits will make creating mini art such a blast for your kids, and who doesn’t love tiny versions of big things we love to use?

Final Thoughts

When it comes to creating with your children, there are countless ways you can incorporate the different crafting materials you have on hand to entertain them.

Popsicle sticks are incredibly versatile and useful when it comes to crafting, and having some on hand at all times can make any boring day a delight.

Being able to express creativity early on can be a doorway for kids to be more imaginative and curious as they get older.

Developing crafts that help them develop one motor skills, explore their musicality, or help them practice school subjects can be fun and exciting.

Taking the opportunities available to develop any of these crafts at home can also result in extra special bonding time for parents and kids alike.

Most of these crafts can be done by children of any age, but it is important to make sure that they are supervised, especially if they’re using tools that can cause injury.

Even with the dangers of a hot glue gun, there are plenty of reasons why spending time making crafts with your kids is beneficial.

They will love creating these new decorations, toys, and learning tools with you, and you’ll have the chance to explore your childlike imagination as well!

Justin Stewart

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