I’m always pleased when I see a new tutorial or think of a new concept crafting with popsicle sticks even though I’m an adult now. I chose to make a hexagonally shaped shelf because the shape is trendy and I already have several pieces that use its unique lines in the room I envisioned the shelf in.
As always, I opted to document my crafting process the best I could, just in case other DIY enthusiasts might want to try their hand at making the piece as well. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Wood glue
- Lazur paint (or wood stain)
- A paintbrush
Gather your materials.
Step 2: Make the Base
Lay out the top stick, and then angle one stick diagonally outwards from the end on the left. Continue this process until you have 6 sticks forming a hexagon.
Then, from the free end of that left hand stick, overlap the end of another stick but angle it downward and to the right this time, once more on a diagonal.
When you’re happy with the angle, glue the spots where two sticks overlap down.
Unless you’re using hot glue, which dries very quickly and which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for this project, your glue will still be tacky enough that you can adjust all the sticks slightly until you’ve got them sitting evenly for a symmetrical hexagon.
Step 3: Layer it
Now do your second layer! You’ll follow precisely the same pattern as you did before. Start at the top and work your way around counterclockwise (or you could do clockwise, if you really preferred), gluing the end of each stick over the end of the one before it. Now you’ve got two sticks stacked on top of one another on each of the six sides of the hexagon.
Step 4: Build it up
Keep building your hexagon. Work in the same pattern as above, layering your sticks end over end all the way around. I built up my hexagon until the sides measured about five inches in height, giving me lots of space to set small things on when I eventually hung the shelf on the wall.
Step 5: Paint it
Once your shelf is as large as you want it to be and all of the glue is dried, start painting it. I used a special wood paint that lies somewhere between a paint and a stain.
I also used quite a large brush because I wanted to get good coverage and wasn’t working with a lot of detail. I did, however, make sure the bristles were small enough to reach between the sticks enough that some colour was added there as well.
Paint the 3D hexagon all around, trying to get an even coverage on every part of its surfaces. If you get to the end and feel like you’d prefer your shelf to be an even darker brown, set it aside to dry and then do a second coating.
That really is all there is to it. Of course, you don’t have to keep your colour scheme neutral like I did; that’s just what suited my space best. Feel free to paint your hexagon shelf in bright colours instead, if you prefer. Just in case you’d like to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!