I whipped up these Popsicle bracelets over the weekend and LOVE the results. I added lace to one and a strip of scrapbook to the other. Yarn, glitter, or just paint would also be pretty! This would be a fun craft for an older child or tween.
LARGE (Popsicle)craft sticks(4 for every bracelet you plan to make, extras in case some break)
Small Pot and Stove
Small drinking glasses
Power drill with 3/8 in drill bit
1 foot of crotchet style narrow lace (per bracelet) or scrapbook paper
Step 1. Fill a small pot with water and then add the craft sticks. (Use twice as many sticks as you need, many will break) Place the pot on the stove and bring to water to a boil. Allow the sticks to boil for 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow the sticks to sit for another hour in the warm water. This will soften the sticks and make them easier to bend. Do NOT skip this step or try to speed it up.
Step 2. Remove the sticks from the water and bend them slowly. Don’t rush this, that will lead to broken or splintered sticks. I broke about 40% of my sticks. After bending them slightly, place them in a cup. Leave them for 12-24 hours to dry.
Step 3. Find 2 sticks that fit together to form a circle. Then, draw an “X” in the two spots where the two sticks touch. The arrows in the picture mark where X s should be . (Don’t be like me and paint the bracelets before drilling the holes, paint on Step 5)
Step 4. Drill the holes (each stick will have 2 holes), using the power drill. Go slowly to avoid splitting the wood. Sand the whole bracelet using an emery board.
Step 5. Paint the bracelets. Allow them to dry fully, approximately an hour.
Step 6. Cut the lace or scrapbook paper to fit the sticks. No lace or scrapbook paper should go under the area where the sticks overlap. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the sticks. Adhere the lace (or scrapbook paper) firmly. Allow to dry fully, approximately 3-4 hours.
Step 7. Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the whole bracelet, including the back. Allow to dry fully.
Step 8. Match up the sticks and push the brads through the holes in the sticks. Flatten the back of the brad, so that the bracelet is secure. Put the bracelet on and admire how pretty it looks!
What’s your favorite accessory? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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