Popsicle sticks, or craft sticks as they are also commonly called, are a very abundant, affordable and versatile crafting material. You can easily use the projects collected here to entertain and engage kids of all ages, as well as find some amazing new ways to decorate your home. No matter how much experience you have, all you need is some Popsicle sticks and white glue to create something amazing.
One of the easiest to make and customize activities with Popsicle sticks is to make a flag. You can use basic white glue, hot glue, or even wood glue to create these fun and festive flags. They are a great idea for national, patriotic, or sports themed activity.
In this clever little collection of crafts, you are shown how to make various outdoor themed scenes and props that will entertain kids of all ages, not just in the creation process, but in playtime as well. You can easily use these ideas to help stave off Summertime boredom.
No matter if you want something fun to do for Halloween, are teaching a class about arachnids, or simple love spiders, this easy Popsicle stick craft is perfect for small and large groups. The use of yarn makes this one a great project for practicing fine motor skills.
Science is one subject that many kids really respond to when hands on lessons are involved. In this project that is perfect for teaching, or just plain out filling time when you are stuck indoors, kids are introduced to a visual and hands on experience with kinetic and potential energy.
With a few simple cuts and a touch of paint or stain, you can easily craft these charming menu frames using Popsicle sticks. These would be make a great touch for weddings or special events, though they can also be used for making informational plates to set beneath wall hangings.
When most people look at crafting or Popsicle sticks, they don’t tend to see any type of jewelry, let alone earrings. In this nifty DIY you are shown how to transform Popsicle sticks into stylish and easy to make earrings that are great for adding variety to your wardrobe, or as homemade gifts.
When it comes to fashion jewelry, it is not always about the value of the materials used, but more so the uniqueness of its appearance. In this trendy tutorial, you are shown how to turn a Popsicle stick into a statement making fashion ring.
Sometimes flower pots can be a little bit dull compared to the beautiful plants that are kept in them. With this simple tutorial though, you are shown how you can easily turn them from drab into fab using only a few simple crafting materials.
For people who love dressing up presents, this fairly easily project is a great addition to their repertoire of unique labels. While most gift tags are made from paper, which is refined from wood, these are a bit closer to nature and give presents a rather rustic touch to their appearance.
There are some Popsicle stick crafts that could be called elementary, and the snowflake ornament is definitely one of them. When it comes to activities that are great for entertaining large groups of kids, simple Popsicle stick projects like this one are ideal.
Colorful, rustic and charming are great adjectives for this type of project. The garland made in the example shows just how sophisticated Popsicle sticks crafts can look. While you can easily adapt the colors and message to your liking, the basic concept is a great building block for other crafts.
Many children learn how to make simple paper fans by folding a sheet of paper, but in this tutorial, you are shown how the addition of some Popsicle sticks can really step up their functionality and usefulness. What is really great about this craft though, is that it can be adapted to use other materials, like cloth, for older kids/teens.
Anthropologie has a lot of very trendy wares, unfortunately, they can get a bit pricey. Thankfully though, clever DIY crafters have come up with a lot guides to help recreate many things, for much less than their shelf price. With this guide you are shown how to make Anthropologie worthy earring with Popsicle sticks.
When you take a look at the end result of this project, you may not believe it was made using Popsicle sticks. All you need is an old frame, some paint, and a bunch of Popsicle sticks to make this very refined and colorful piece of wall art.
Sometimes with Popsicle stick crafts, it is more about using the form than including the stick itself. In this example, you are shown how you can make a colorful and complex picture that is not all that complicated to create. The end result is very artistic and can be completed in any array of colors you’d like.
Bookmarks are a very useful and versatile item to have around. In this simple and fun tutorial, you are shown how to make a very functional bookmark with a cute arrow embellishment. They would make a great gift project for the bookworm in your life, and can easily be decorated to match different occasions.
Helping kids develop fine motor skills and color recognition is important because they are some of the most basic building blocks in early development. With the help of some Popsicle sticks and a free printable, anyone can put together this fun and engaging game for kids as young as toddlers (with proper supervision of course).
Popsicle sticks are typically straight and often times discarded when they come with a frosty treat attached. If you take a gander at this tutorial though, you will probably think twice about ever discarding one again. With a few simple steps you can transform them into fun little bracelets that have a lot of potential for decorating.
Many school children from the 80s and 90s are likely to recall this fun little craft. Using Popsicle sticks and yarn in whatever colors you’d like, this is a great project for school aged children that can really help with fine motor skills.
Knitting is a great craft that can help teach patience, focus, fine motor skills, and improve reasoning abilities. For kids, learning this art can take a while, but with the help of this Popsicle loom, it can go a lot easier.
A bit of chalk paint and some craft or Popsicle sticks is all you need to make fun and reusable plant markers for your potted plants or garden. You can easily use them to label your plants and flowers, or as a way of displaying simple messages for yourself and others.
Using just a few simple crafting components anyone can make these colorful, decorative, and useful magnets. You can easily use them to help organize notes in the kitchen, or as a means to display pictures on the fridge that can easily be changed out.
When the weather is unbearable and you find yourself stuck indoors with children that are feeling a bit stir crazy, this activity jar may be the best thing you make all year. Not only can the kids help make this boredom busting craft, they can enjoy making use when the days are long.
With this fun and simple project you can easily make up team colored pom poms to help show your support at just about any type of sporting event. All you need are some Popsicle sticks, paper and tape to make them.
When it comes to being creative for table decorations, this project definitely shows how the simplest of things can be used to really dress up a table. Using a few Popsicle sticks and some paint, one crafty lady shows you how you can make a unique and fun table runner for your next party, or general decoration.
Weaving is a timeless art and thanks to this simple loom made from Popsicle sticks, even children as young as pre-school age can learn the basics. Not only is it a great way to help work on coordination and fine motor skills, it is a great way to introduce kids into the world of weaving and crafting.
Nothing can beat the heartfelt intentions behind a handmade Valentines Day gift. With the help of Popsicle sticks, magnet tape and paper, kids can easily make these wonderful little Valentines magnets in addition to, or in place of simple Valentines cards.
The rounded ends of Popsicle and craft sticks can easily be turned into lovely little hearts that have many potential applications. You can use them as wall decorations, as simple picture frames, or as any number of uses you may find for them.
Wood can be a rather buoyant material to work with which makes it a great median for this easy to recreate project. Using a few Popsicle sticks, some paper, and basic art supplies, you can make this fun little boat with your kids the next time it rains, or even make one and test it out in a tub or sink.
Decorating the Thanksgiving table doesn’t need to take a lot of effort. These cute and simple little turkeys can be made in a matter of minutes. You can leave them unpainted, or dress them up with festive colors to match the rest of your décor.
It doesn’t take a lot to make a place setting really stand out. With some craft sticks and a few other basic crafting supplies, you can make these lovely sunburst place settings. Left uncolored they give a rather sophisticated ambiance, or you can easily add a bit of paint to match them to the rest of your decorations.
Since its release, Frozen has become a worldwide phenomenon. In this simple Frozen inspired project, you and your little fans can easily make these snowflakes for decorate your home for Winter. The easy way in which these come together make it a great snowy day, or large group, project.
Bending Popsicle sticks is a simple and fun technique for creating all manner of crafts. With this basic tutorial you are shown how to really dress up a glass vase. If you want to really jazz it up, you can do a bit of wood burning to embellish the sticks with a design or message before placing them inside.
Pumpkins are great decoration for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. In this neat little project, you are shown how to make a cute little 3D pumpkin decoration for your home. You can make a set of them and string them up for garland, or use them to accent a table, shelf, or mantle.
Sunburst mirrors are a rather popular bit of home décor these days. With the help of this easy to follow tutorial, you are shown how to create this sophisticated and fun look for yourself. You can quickly customize the sunburst to any color scheme you like.
Scarecrows are a classic harvest time decoration and in this quick project, kids can easily create their own little scarecrow for the Fall. The low material cost involved makes this a great group, or class activity. It can easily be adapted for many different lesson plans, be it gardening, The Wizard of Oz, or harvest themed lessons.
Little toy planes can entertain kids for hours, and in this fun guide, you are shown how to transform Popsicle sticks and clothes pins into amazingly cute toy plains. You can use them as party favors as the guide suggests, or make them as a group activity to help entertain kids and teach them about aviation.
Collecting seashells is a fun and popular activity to do at the beach, however, what to do with them when you get home can be another issue. In this creative tutorial you are shown how to create a beautiful and memorable plaque for your new found treasures using Popsicle sticks.
What is more fun than building something neat with Popsicle sticks, how about building a catapult? There are many different variations of this project, but the gist all remains the same. You can easily follow this project and create a fun new catapult to entertain and instruct school aged kids about engineering and physics.
Arrows are a popular choice for use in wall decorations and this entertaining and easy tutorial, you are shown how to make felt and Popsicle stick arrow charms to hang on your walls, or give away as gifts. The project is fairly simple, so older kids could easily handle it, with proper supervision of course.
Using a basic box technique, kids can have fun while they make up a modest bird feeder to hang up in the yard. Kids can either choose to decorate it a bit, or simply leave it plain and natural. If you want to teach kids more about the world’s feathered inhabitants, this would be a go companion activity.
Using Popsicle sticks, cardboard, and other simple crafting materials, one mother shows you how you can make wonderful and engaging play scenes for your kids. Based on the concept of engaging sensory rich activity, this is just one of many creative ideas presented by the mom behind the blog.
Fair doors are fanciful little creations that invoke the imagination and add a very whimsical touch to wherever they are placed. You can engage the minds of young and old alike in flights of fancy with this simple project. It would make a great group activity to company any tale involving fairies, or even gnomes.
With some colored crafting sticks, or even with some plain ones that you color with your kids, these creative examples of play show you how you can easily encourage gives to be creative. They are also a great example of easy to clean-up activities to help keep little ones entertained during rainy or snowy days where everyone is stuck inside.
The first year of school can be a really momentous, nerve wracking and exciting time for children and parents. With a few Popsicle sticks and few other basic art supplies, you can help your child create a wonderful picture frame to help commemorate their first day or year in school. You can even make one for each year to keep track of their growth through the years.
The general design that is taught in this tutorial can be used to make a fun haunted house as the example illustrates, or it can be decorated however you’d like. You can make look like log cabins for pilgrim themed Thanksgiving decorations, Christmas homes for the holidays, or whatever else you and your child’s imagination can come up with.
Popsicle stick critters are often easy and fun craft ideas for kids to make because they are simple enough for them to complete just about every step on their own. In this crafting project you are shown how to make not one, but two different critters that can be used together in a collage, or as separate projects.
Entertaining kids indoors can be a bit of a challenge at times, especially when they are full of unspent energy. With this crafty and clever project however, you can help them build marble runs for hours of fun and engage their problem solving skills with challenges to create different designs.
Using the free printable provided by the talented crafter behind this project, you can create a fun Popsicle stick memory game to share with your kids. It is small enough that is makes a great addition to toss into a busy bag, or even just your purse to help kids stay entertained while out and about.
This cute and easy to make project was made by a child, so it is an easy one for children and parents to do together. Using things he found around the home, like Popsicle sticks, sandwich ties, and wheels from and old toy car, this clever crafter in the making shows you that with a bit of imagination, you can make all manner of fun new toys.
Popsicle stick puzzles are easy to make, easy to figure out, and great for helping kids work on problem solving, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. In this version of the Popsicle stick puzzle, parents are encouraged to create simple outlined designs that the kids can color in to their liking.
Kids really enjoy being able to personalize their rooms, and with this fun little craft stick plaque, they can easily initialize their doors. You can follow the guide, or come up with your own design for decorating them. You can use poster tack to hang them, or easily attach a ribbon to the back with hot glue.
Washi tape to many crafters is as awesome and useful as sliced bread was for consumers when it was first introduced. With some craft sticks and washi tape, you can easily recreate these fun and simple picture frames with your kids and teens.
In this version of the classic Popsicle stick puzzle, you are shown how to turn just about any type of image or picture into a creative and engaging puzzle. The use of the sticks, especially the larger sized ones, makes it something that children as young as toddlers, under supervision of course, can play with.
There are many toys that come in rather minute sizes that make them ideal for packing into a travel kit. In this particularly clever craft, one mom shows you how you can make a portable train set using Popsicle sticks and felt.
Popsicle stick baskets are easy and fun to make, and in this particular project, you are show how to make a set of nested baskets that would be great for organizing the top of a dresser. You can easily adjust the size to whatever you need and decorate them however you’d prefer.
Clock kits are rather inexpensive, as well as simple wall clocks themselves. If you happen to have one lying around, or find one at a thrift store, you can turn it into a trendy wall clock by following this DIY guide. The exploded and open style of the face area makes it a rather unique and stylish time piece.
Not all Popsicle stick crafts are tailored for younger audiences. In this stylish and very grown-up craft, you are shown how Popsicle, or craft sticks, can be turned into a rather chic chandelier. You can stain then, leave then naked, or paint them to match your room.
Popsicle stick dolls are simple and fun to make, and in this quick and uncomplicated craft, you are shown how to make a cute bed to store them in. Based around the cute story and song about ten kids trying to sleep in the same bed, your children can spend hours acting out the lines.
Owls have risen in mainstream popularity, thanks largely in part to how absolutely cure they can be. In this simple and kid friendly craft, you can easily create cute Popsicle stick owls that kids of all ages will enjoy playing with, or displaying proudly.
At first glance, it is hard to believe that the end result of this project is thanks to Popsicle sticks. Drawing on the tradition of up-cycling instead of contributing to a landfill, the creative crafter behind this project shows you how to make a nautical and inspirational wall hanging.
Using a basic bending technique, this project is a great idea for anyone looking for something small to dress up their table settings. You can easily customize them to match any design and they are a great way to really take your table to the next level.
A lot of children enjoy playing with miniature versions of grown up things. In this simple and imaginative guide, you are shown how with proper supervision, children can make miniature doll houses for their toys. Depending on their age, they can help out with a lot of the steps and really personalize the little wooden home.
In this larger version of a Popsicle stick doll house you are shown how you can easily expand on a basic principle. The only real limit to the size of the house is your imagination and the number of Popsicle sticks that you have. Building crafts like these are great for encouraging creative thinking and problem solving skills.
This chic and retro style trivet is a great craft project for kids who want to make something for family members. You can easily change up the colors by using different dyed beads and sticks, or keep with the natural tones, as set by the example.
You may have heard about making rainy day or chore jars for kids, but have you heard about making a date jar for you and your significant other? With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can make a simple tool to help eliminate the problem of neither one of you knowing what to do for date night again.
Don’t worry, there aren’t any fiery explosions with this project, the name comes from how the sticks fly apart on impact. No glue or other materials really needed, just some craft, or Popsicle sticks, and this guide are all you need to make these “boomerangs”.
Clothes pins are another simple item that can often be found around the home and used for a variety of crafts. Included among them is this one that utilized some craft sticks and bit of fun decorating to create simple little airplanes that can entertain your kids for hours.
It is likely that you’ve seen cute little sets of fridge magnets that can be used by kids to make all manner of pictures. With the help of some inexpensive store magnets and pre-colored craft sticks, you can easily make a very versatile set of magnets for your little artists today.
Utilizing some craft sticks, a bit of construction paper, and some rubber bands, you and your kids can assemble your own harmonicas in a matter of minutes. This is a great Summer time project to give kids something fun, and not messy to play with outside.
With a bit of paint, some glitter, or whatever you like to work with for decorating, and some Popsicle sticks with glue, you can guide a small or large group of kids through making their own little angel fish with ease. This simple, yet very creative craft is great to accompany stories that are ocean themed in nature.
Using a bit of sparkle, some imagination, and a few Popsicle sticks, you can make these fanciful dragonflies with your children, or group, with ease. They would go great with a spring time activity, or other Popsicle stick crafts that incorporate insects.
What is better than being able to entertain kids for 30 to 60 minutes? How about being able to do so with inexpensive materials? In this simple set of Halloween themed Popsicle stick crafts, kids will delight in decorating their own monsters, ghosts, and jack-o-lanters.
This gorgeous rainbow wind mobile is not as complicated to create as it may look. You can use colored craft sticks, or paint your own, and you can even use a different color scheme, the choice is up to you. The process and time it takes to complete makes this a great project for older kids and teens.
Popsicle sticks are a handy building material that kids can use without much difficulty. With this simple, yet lovely project, you are shown how to make wax paper lanterns using Popsicle sticks for the framework. Just take note to not use a flame or heat producing light source.
Popsicle sticks have been used to decorate plain glass vases, but in this project, they are the vase itself. The open framework makes it ideal for use with silk or dried flowers, however fresh could also be displayed for shorter periods of time as well.
There are several different variations on puppets made with craft sticks, however, while most of them involve attaching a picture, this one takes it a step further. Using foam, wiggle eyes, and pipe cleaners, these craft stick puppets are more lively and amusing for kids to make and play with.
The directions are bit lacking, but as it is pointed out, this little CD rack is so simple that you can easily recreate with the pictures provided. You need standard Popsicle sticks and larger craft sticks as pictured. The crafter behind the blog also has many other examples of what amazing things can be made with simple craft sticks.
Using found sticks and branches as miniature trees, this project is great for combing indoor and outdoor time. The kids in this project were challenged to use their imagination and as you can see from the examples, there was a lot of fun to be had.
Popsicle sticks or colored craft sticks can be turned into a unique journal casing, and combined with basic or even homemade paper. The steps in this project are really easy to follow and the end result would make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoy writing or sketching.
Using washi or colorful duct tape, ribbon, small buttons and pens, just about anyone can recreate these cut little craft stick dolly. You can easily use basic Popsicle stick sizes, or the slightly larger craft sticks as it suits your ability to draw fine details.
Sometimes all it takes is just a couple components to make something bright and cheery. Using premade foam flowers and green craft sticks, this craft is easy for young children and can be adapted for older ones as well. Optionally, kids can make their own flowers, and/or, make their own flowers.
The crafty lady behind this project uses a special machine to create the see-through pane of flowers, but you can just as easily use clear contact paper and heavy books to press and preserve blossoms and leaves. The unpainted craft sticks compliment the natural tones and can help add a splash of color that lasts all year long.
Believe it or not, this creative and trendy project is presented by a rather young crafter. Using Popsicle sticks to create the framework and give structure, the duck tape purse create in this project is truly one of a kind.
You may have seen craft stick vase, boxes, and simple flowers, but in this cute and kid friendly craft, you are shown how to make a colorful Mother’s Day project that combines all these elements. This is a great craft for just about any holiday where kids would want to give the people they love a special keepsake.
Kites are simple and easy to make, and in this young kid friendly craft, you are shown how to make a small non-flying kite that can be played with all year round, even when the weather outside is dreadful. The use of bright colors and thought provoking imagery can help lift spirits and spark imaginations.
While not really your typical crafting blog, the enthusiasts behind this project specializes in a wide variety of fantasy and cosplay themed DIY guides. Using Popsicle sticks and a few other simple and inexpensive supplies, this medieval project is great for history/ancient engineering themed lessons.
At times, nothing can be as wondrous as a child’s imagination. In this child-made craft, you are shown how to make a mini swing using Popsicle sticks. It would make a great addition to a Popsicle stick doll house, or as a general accessory to small dolls.
When it comes to advent calendars, there are a million and one ways to create one. With the help of this handy guide, you are shown an interesting take on them using Popsicle sticks. There is even an easy to follow guide for making paper boxes to hang from it. You can also adapt this craft for other holidays as well.
In America, nothing can be more patriotic than an eagle (unless you paint the eagle to look like the flag). With this picture filled project, you are shown how to assemble a simple eagle make from glue and Popsicle sticks. This would be a great patriotic or wildlife based craft for both small and large groups.
Simple bent wood bracelets are very thrifty and fun to make. With the help of this guide, you are shown a great example of what you can do with simple crafting/Popsicle sticks and a few inexpensive crafting supplies. These would make a great homemade gift idea that kids can make for friends and family.
Popsicle sticks are wonderful for miniature construction projects, and in this engineering themed challenge, you can really engage kids and teens minds. The concept is simple; build a bridge that can support the most weight using only Popsicle sticks and some type of adhesive.
Using either colored, or plain sticks you color yourself, and some Velcro dots, you can make this fun and engaging play set in no time. Kids are challenged to use their imagination in building new structures and with the ease that they are made, they can also have fun in creating their new toys.
The idea behind this craft stick project is rather simple and themed around recycling. Using an old compact disc and some craft sticks, you can easily make these colorful “flowers” to help ward off birds from your garden. While the example is very simple, it does show how easy a project it can be for kids to complete.
Using a simple bee picture, a Popsicle/craft stick, and different colored powders, such as drink or gelatin mixes, you can help teach young children about pollination. The craft can be a bit messy, but the stick makes it a lot easier to keep little hands clean.
In this domino style game, kids line up matching sets of icons, or that can learn to pair up different sets to equal a number. It is a great way to help introduce really young kids to mathematics. All you need are some craft sticks (colored work easiest) and some type of sticker or foam and design stamper.