If there’s one type of crafting tool from my childhood that I never got tired of using even into adulthood, I’d have to say it’s popsicle sticks! Whenever I use them with my kids for DIY projects now, I swear I have just as much fun as they do. That’s why I’m always trying to think of new ways that we can use them together to make neat new things. Recently, I taught my kids how to make awesome popsicle stick napkin holders that look like little fences after we read a book about miniature fairy houses. This was a great way to involve colour and cute details, make something practical that they can display with pride, and do it all with something so simple to use that they could do it all mostly by themselves.
As usual, I love the way our project turned out, so I couldn’t resist showing everyone else how it’s done. 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
- Paint (blue and purple)
- A paintbrush
- Two wooden flowers (and two beads for their centres if you like)
- Hot glue
Gather your materials!
Use your secateurs to cut two of your popsicle sticks into even halves and set them aside. Next, cut the very tips of the rounded ends off of a third popsicle stick and then cut that in half too so you have two pieces roughly the same length s the others, but this time with blunt ends instead of the regular rounded ones that the popsicle sticks already had.
Paint all of your popsicle stick pieces purple! Of course, you can use another colour if you prefer, but we were going to a fun fairy-like theme. Once your sticks are painted, set them aside to dry.