Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, jumbo craft sticks – they go by so many names and they can be made into so many fun craft projects. I’ve made them into bowls and even dyed them for planters.. Who knew you could drill and stitch them too! Add this to the list of popsicle stick bracelet options.
Stitched Jumbo Popsicle Stick Bracelets – A Craft Project Your Kids Will Love!
I’m a big fan of DIY wearables and kids craft projects -these craft stick bracelets are the best of both. Besides the boiling water part and the drill that adults need to help with this handmade jewelry idea is perfect for kids. The bracelets are cute and the stitching can help with fine motor skills PLUS teach kids basic sewing techniques.
Supplies for Making DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets With Stitching
- Jumbo popsicle sticks (regular sized will work too)
- Pot of boiling water
- Mason jar or cup
- Large eyed plastic sewing needle
Step 1 – Boil the Popsicle Sticks
This part needs adult supervision. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the popsicle sticks inside. Once the sticks are saturated and can bend without breaking carefully remove them one at a time from the water.
TIP: Boil more craft sticks than you will need. Some will break while bending and others might crack when you drill them. Backup craft supplies are always a good idea.
Step 2 – Bend the Craft Sticks and Mold Them in a Jar
Remove the heated craft sticks one at a time from the water. Gently bend the popsicle stick into the shape of a cuff bracelet. Place each stick inside a mason jar or cup to hold the shape. Allow the stick to dry overnight.
Tip: The size of the jar or cup you use will determine the size of the bracelet. Children tend to have smaller wrists so take that into consideration.
Drill the Popsicle Stick Bracelets
Some people might argue that this step is better taken before boiling and bending and those people might be right. I made a batch of these popsicle stick bracelets all at once so I didn’t know I was going to stitch them until later. Using a small drill make holes in your bracelet. If you use a jumbo craft stick you can even make two sets of holes to stitch.
Tip: Do not drill too close to the edge of the stick. I found that when I was too close this is when they tended to break and splinter.
Stitch Your Jumbo Popsicle Stick Bracelets
Let the kids come up with their own patterns and colors. Using a large eyed plastic needle the holes can be backstitched, blanket stitched or just straight stitched.
The colorful yarn stitching on these craft stick bracelets is what makes them unique! Such a fun project for a sleepover, camp, scouts and more! Intended for kids, but kinda cute enough for mom’s too!
Want more ideas for using popsicle sticks? Keep reading!
Rainbow Soap Pops – Use those craft sticks in an actual popsicle! Not the kind you eat, but the kind you get clean with.
Embroidery Floss Wrapped Popsicle Stick Bracelets – Once you have a batch of these boiled and bent the decorating options are endless!