If you are looking for a new, cost-effective DIY jewelry idea, then a popsicle stick bracelet is for you! You can customize this easy and fun handcraft with any paper pattern you prefer. You can even turn it into a child-friendly activity and let them design these wooden popsicle stick bracelets with paint.
You need to get the following supplies to turn popsicle sticks into bracelets:
Here's what you need to do to make a popsicle stick bracelet:
Step One: Prepare the paper you will use to decorate your popsicle sticks. Draw a stick on the back of the paper and cut out the shape, then set aside.
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Step Two: Prepare your jumbo popsicle stick bracelets. Put around five sticks in a pot of boiling water. Be sure to add lots of water because most of them will evaporate. Increase the temperature until the water boils and soak the sticks for about half an hour.
Step Three: Let the popsicle sticks rest in the boiling water for another 15 minutes. While waiting, get a drinking glass or a small mason jar with almost the size of your wrist. You may also grab some rubber bands if you want.
When 15 minutes are up, you are ready to get the sticks out of the saucepan of hot water. Use tongs to take the boiled popsicle stick bracelets out of the pan.
Wood does not conduct heat well, so it is comfortable to hold. However, if the sticks are too hot, you may need to set them aside and let them cool for a bit. You can also wear gloves to protect your hands.
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Step Four: Form the stick into a semi-circle in the upper section of the mason jar. Alternatively, you can wrap the sticks around the drinking glass. Use an elastic band to hold them in place. Set them aside and let them dry overnight. Remember that you are likely to break one or two sticks when doing this step. Thus, be sure to boil more popsicle sticks to avoid wasting water.
Step Five: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the outer part of the bracelet once it is thoroughly dry. Gently stick the decorative paper to the cuff and press it down, removing the air bubbles on the surface. Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the decorative paper and let it dry. Apply one or two coats as needed.
Step Six: Use fine-grit sandpaper and rub it on the edges of the bangle and the paper design to remove any excess and to make smooth ends.
Step Seven: Add embellishments if desired. Voilà! Your popsicle bangle is complete.
Making a popsicle stick bracelet is simple, economical, versatile, and an excellent jewelry craft for all ages. You can make these bracelets as party gifts or last-minute presents for loved ones.