If you ask me, popsicle sticks are one of the most fun crafting supplies you can possibly use, even if they don’t see like it at first! There are just so many neat things you can make out of them that the options basically feel endless. Lately, I’ve been finding them extra useful because my kids have been feeling very enthusiastic indeed about projects that involve actually building something rather than just making, say, a flat 2D painting. That’s how I came up with the idea of teaching them how to make a popsicle stick jewelry box!
Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos. If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial because you’re more of a visual learner, scroll to the bottom of this post to find what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Paint (white, pink, and blue)
- A paintbrush
- Purple card
- Ribbons (yellow, pink, green, blue, and white)
- Four small rhinestones
- Hot glue
Gather your materials!
Paint your popsicle sticks! I decided to make my popsicle stick jewelry box from a mixture of natural looking unpainted sticks and sticks painted blue, white, and pink. To start, I painted six blue sticks, eight white sticks, and twelve pink sticks.
Make the bottom of your jewelry box. Place two natural coloured popsicle sticks down on your work surface just far enough apart that they’re almost the length of another popsicle stick if you were to place it horizontally between them, but with a bit of overlap at their ends. Then take another natural popsicle stick, place glue about two centimetres from the ends, and stick it down on top of the two side sticks so their rounded ends stick out from underneath its edge about the same amount as that horizontal stick’s own ends pass the edges of the two vertical ones on the side. This establishes the size and shape of your box and lid, like a base. Keep gluing more naturally coloured horizontal sticks so they sit across the space between the vertical ones, all the way down until only the same bit of the ends is visible as there is at the top. I glued down eight sticks in total. Make sure that your sticks’ edges sit flush against the ones on either side of it, as well as that their ends line up evenly down each side.