Popsicle sticks are good for a lot more than just holding frozen treats. I’ve made craft sticks into planters, snowflakes, baskets and more. Popsicle stick bracelets have long been on my crafty “must try” list. Perfect for kids, tweens and honestly even adults. I’d wear one. How about you?
You could paint your popsicle stick bracelets, wood burn them or wrap them in embroidery floss. Thread is cheap and comes in about a million different colors. You can wrap the craft stick bracelets in stripes, random, rainbows and more.
As a Girl Scout leader I was taking notes that this could be a great project for my troop. Three of my girls are modeling here.
Popsicle Stick Bracelets a Fun and Wearable Kids Crafts
One of the added bonuses of this project is that you don’t need many supplies. Once you have tongue depressor bracelets made how you wrap it is up to you.
Supplies for Bracelets
Step 1 – Boil Your Craft Sticks
Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Pop your sticks inside and let them get hot and saturated. This part should not take long.
Will the popsicle sticks burn me when I bend them?
Remove with tongs if you want, but I found that the sticks did not burn me when I touched them. Obviously use something besides your fingers to grab them out of the boiling water. There is a moment or two when the craft sticks are malleable from being boiled and cool enough to touch.
Step 2 – Warp Popsicle Sticks Into Bracelet Shape
During that magic moment between too hot to handle and too cold to mold make the popsicle sticks into the shapes of cuff bracelets and put inside cups or jars. This will allow the bracelets to dry and keep their shape? Remember the large the cup the bigger the bracelet so think about whether these will be for kids or adults.
How long should I let the popsicle stick bracelets dry?
Overnight or 24 hours should be enough time to make sure your new craft stick cuff bracelets keep their shape.
Step 3 – Drill Holes In the Ends of Popsicle Sticks
You can leave the bracelets as just cuffs, but I found adding string to the ends to make them more adjustable was helpful. Smaller wrists tend to need the extra string at the end to tie the bracelet together.
Use a hand drill to add a hole to each end of the craft stick bracelet.
Step 4 – Begin Wrapping Popsicle Stick Bracelet
Starting at one end add a bit of craft glue and begin wrapping your bracelet. Cover the tail of the embroidery floss as you wrap. This is the part where you can get creative with patterns.
No need to add glue as you wrap if you are using the same thread for the entire thing. However, if you are doing stripes add a bit of glue each time you change colors.
Step 5 – Continue Wrapping and Attach Closure
Continue wrapping all the way until the end of the bracelet. Use two short lengths of yarn or floss to tie to the holes you drilled. These will help pull the ends of the popsicle stick bracelet tighter if need be.
So what do you think? Just for kids or would you wear one of these too? I’m telling you there are some super cute options out there that are surprisingly sophisticated for popsicle stick bracelets.
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