So I was looking through my vintage craft book collection and ran across a 1970 Pack O’ Fun magazine. They had instructions on how to take a simple popsicle stick and turn it into a bracelet. I’m always happy to try and take a good idea and run with it.
Well, I’m certainly on board for that. The thought of being able to make wood pliable put all kinds of ideas in my head. But we’ll start with the project at hand which happened to be bracelets. So just in time for Easter Baskets, lets put together some cute bracelets. With bling.
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For this project I used:
- Popsicle sticks (bought the industrial strength size bag from Walmart because this project might go in future directions)
- Drinking glass (for forming- use a glass with a top opening that is slightly smaller than you want your bracelet to end up)
- Emory board or sand paper
- Acrylic paint
- Stick on jewels (for bling)
- Mod Podge
The instructions in the magazine called for allowing the popsicle sticks to sit in water overnight. Once they have become completely saturated, it was simple enough to curve them to fit into the top of a drinking glass.
I found that I still had to work the wood, warming it with my fingers, to make it pliable enough to fit into the top of the glass without splitting. My success rate was about 60%.
So, I tried it again, but this time I used a pan of water and boiled the popsicle sticks for about 30 minutes and then allowed them to sit in the hot water for another 30 minutes. This time my success rate for unsplit popsicle sticks was about 80%. Either way works well and if you aren’t as picky as I am, your success rate might be better. The sticks are cheap, so I’m okay with a bit of error.
Once the sticks are formed in the glasses, I allowed them to thoroughly dry overnight and then easily removed them from the glasses.
I then used an emory board to sand them so that all edges and paint surfaces were smooth.
Now for the fun part!! I used my acrylic paints to paint in designs. I wanted them fun and colorful. Re-wetting the sticks with paint will cause them to open up a bit (hence the reason that I used a glass with such a small opening).
Another option for the bracelets at this point would be to decoupage using scrapbooking paper. Or you could quill it, or apply fabric, or sequins, or pompoms, whatever your crazy mind or your ingenious children come up with.
My final touch was to add stick on jewels that I found in the discount bin at the craft store, and then add a final protectant coat of Mod Podge.
A simple craft with cute results! Now what else can we do with bent popsicle sticks? Hmmm……
A Fourth of July version of this project was featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Kids Crafts 1-2-3 Magazine, available at Walmart.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might enjoy my Ice Cream Cart Bank tutorial. Creating a miniature ice cream cart out of a wooden bank.
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