Disclaimer: I received free stencils from Plaid, but all opinions are my own!
Amy Anderson with Mod Podge Rocks! created some wonderful new adhesive stencils for Plaid. Fortunately, I happen to know Amy, and being friends with a blogging celebrity gets me all kinds of perks. Now if I can just introduce myself to Tom Selleck, all would be good with the world!
Anyway, Amy asked me to create a project using her stencils. So, I created a great kids craft project using Amy’s stencils, popsicle sticks and Mod Podge! How about a Stenciled Popsicle Stick Desk Set? A perfect teacher gift, or Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift!
Okay, you can quit laughing at the my big hair and my husband’s mullet! This happens to be one of my favorite photos, even if it is 20 years old! And what better way to show it off than in a Stenciled Popsicle Stick Desk Set! Really!
The unique stencil used in this project is available exclusively at Michael’s Craft Stores- but be sure to check out the Rafflecopter Entry at the bottom of the post for your chance to win your own!
For this project I used:
Mod Podge Rocks! Stencils in Starlite
Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks (about 3 dozen)
Glitter in Gold, Blue and Purple
Photo (doesn’t have to have big hair and a mullet)
I left the backing attached to my stencil for easier maneuvering. Simply lift up the stencil and line up the craft stick so that a row of pattern is centered on the stick. Smooth the stencil down over top of the stick, adhering it.
Work quickly when spouncing Mod Podge on the stencils – Mod Podge has a reduced dry time, so you’ll may need to go over some areas a few times. Sprinkle the glitter generously onto the stencil, and then tap off the extra into a container (waste not, want not, right?)
Carefully peel back the stencil to discover your awesome sparkly design! You can touch up any areas that you missed with a tiny paintbrush and Mod Podge/glitter.
Plaid recommends that you wash the spouncers and stencils immediately after using so that you can use them again and again.
Repeat this process until you have roughly 3 dozen crafts sticks completed and sparkly. Twelve in each color.
Now we are going to assemble the frame! Quit laughing at the photo. Big hair was totally in. Just saying. Anyway… line up four craft sticks, two plain and two decorated as shown above. Overlap the plain ones about 1/4 inch over the photo.
Use hot glue to glue two more decorated sticks down as shown overlapping about 1/4 inch over the photo. (The hot glue does not touch the photo)
Over lap two more decorated sticks as shown above and hot glue them down.
And one final set of sticks overlapping the last set- hot glued down! The frame is a separate item from the photo. I used a bit of painters tape on the back to attach the photo to the frame. This will not damage the photo, but keeps it in place.
Now we create the base! Line up three plain sticks as shown. Hot glue a plain stick and a decorated stick on top, leaving a space between them that is about the thickness of a stick.
Hot glue a plain stick on its side in the groove between the two top sticks. This will serve as a holder for your frame.
Slide the frame overtop of the holder. Awesome-sauce!
Now onto the matching pencil holder! I used a green bean can, but any can will work!
Simply use hot glue to glue the sticks onto the outside of the can. Finish by adding matching ribbons to both.
And there you have it! A cool looking sparkly desk set! This is a perfect gift for a teacher, or Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! (For Dad you might want to leave off the bows!)
Love the stencils?
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