by Karen & Grace Morris
From a summer treat to a cute item, everyone should like Popsicle stick crafts for kids. You don’t even have to eat the frozen treats. The sticks are easily found at your local craft store.
Here are some projects that are easy enough for preschoolers to make.
Your child can make them and then give them as gifts to mom, dad, or grandparents. Some would make cute magnets to place on the fridge. Or do the weaving project and make a coffee cup holder.
You can sing the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low” when you are doing this Popsicle stick crafts for kids with your preschooler.
Make a triangle with your sticks by gluing two at the top and angle the sticks.
Place the third stick about 1 inch from the bottom.
Cut a triangle piece of construction paper to fit in the center.
Turn dog over and glue paper to sticks.
Add a pompom nose and wiggly eyes.
Not all cats are black. You could use your favorite color.
Glue the bottom stick to the corners of the other two sticks. Overlap the top so that there is about an inch on each end for ears.
Cut a piece of black paper that will fit on the back of the cat.
Measure the front where you want the whiskers to go. Then cut three pieces of string to fit.
Glue the center of the string to the black paper.
Glue the pink pompom over the string. Glue on the wiggly eyes. Let dry.
Color the sticks black to match the paper.
If you wanted to, you could put a magnet on the back of the cat or dog Popsicle stick crafts for kids, then you can place them on your fridge.
Animals are fun to make with craft sticks.
This alligator can be used for a less than or greater than symbol that your kids can use while doing math. The alligator will eat up the smaller number or run away from the bigger ones.
Tip: Tacky glue is thicker than regular white glue. It is great for gluing wood, craft foam, and felt. On the bottle of Aleene's Tacky Glue it says that it is nontoxic.
Either buy a bag of colored craft sticks or color your plain sticks with a green marker.
Cut one piece of white craft foam 4 by 3/4 inches. Cut another piece 3 1/4 by 3/4 inches.
Place one craft stick lengthwise on the foam, it should cover about half of the craft foam. Draw a line on it with a pencil. Do the same with the other piece of foam.
With both pieces of craft foam cut zigzags from the top to the line. This will be the alligator's teeth.
Glue the craft foam to the Popsicle sticks with Tacky Glue.
Glue one end of each craft stick together at an angle so that it looks like an open mouth of an alligator.
Glue the head to a large craft stick.
Cut four rounded "L" shapes approximately 2 by 1/2 inch from craft foam. Cut three toes in each foot.
Glue to the sides of the large craft stick.
Reptiles are fun Popsicle stick crafts for kids. Here is another one.
Tape pieces of yellow ribbon on one of the craft sticks so that it looks like the spines on the iguana's back.
Cut a 12-inch pipe cleaner in half.
Hold the two craft stick together. Place one of the 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner under the two craft sticks near one end. Bend the pipe cleaner, so the ends are up.
Bend the pipe cleaner down again. The bend will be equal with the top of the craft stick.
Now, on one side, bend one end of the pipe cleaner so that the end touch the bottom of the craft stick. Bend the piece out to make a leg. Do the same with the other side. If you were to take it off the craft stick, it would look like the picture.
To make the tail. Cut a green pipe cleaner 5 1/2 inches. Fold it in half and wrap it around on one end of your iguana, twisting to secure. Blend the pipe cleaner to make a tail.
Add an eye to each side of the iguana.
Place two Popsicle sticks together so that they look like the sides of a triangle. Glue the ends together.
Cut a small triangle of fur. Glue over the ends that you just glued together. Let the glue dry.
Place the end with the fur at the bottom of the paper. Draw a line on the outside of the two Popsicle sticks. Make a curved line between the two sticks. This will be the pattern for the goat's face. Use the pattern to cut out the face from craft foam.
Cut two small tear shapes from craft foam. Cut two pink ovals that will fit inside the tear shapes and glue. These will be the ears.
Place an ear on one of the craft sticks. Do the same with the other one. Cover with the foam. Move the ears so that they are where you want them.
When everything looks right, take the white piece off and make a dot where you want the ears to go. Glue the ears on the dot.
Place glue on the craft sticks and glue on the white face. Add wiggly eyes to the side of the face.
A hedgehog is a small mammal with spines on their backs. They live in Asia, Europe, and Africa. You might even find them in a pet store.
Measure 3/4 inch from one end of a craft stick and glue the other stick here at an angle.
Glue the eye where the two sticks meet.
Color a paper plate brown.
Cut a 4 1/2 by 3 inch egg shape for the body.
Cut four pieces from the rim of the plate. One piece is 5 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches.
The next piece is 4 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches. Cut another piece 4 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches. The last piece is 4 by 1 1/2 inches. Round the ends.
Glue the egg shape to the craft sticks.
The hedgehog body is covered with spines. So on the top of each of the pieces that you just cut (not the egg shape), make lots of snips with a pair of scissors.
Bend the spines up some. Glue the largest piece to the body.
Continue adding pieces from large to small.
With a marker, color the end of the craft stick black for the nose and add an eye.
Have you ever eaten celery, peanut butter, and raisins? The treat is
usually called a bug on a log. You won't want to eat this Popsicle stick crafts for Kids.
To make a ladybug on a stick, you will need to glue a small black pompom on your stick. Next to the small pompom, glue a medium red pompom.
With a hole punch, make four circles out of black paper. Glue the circles to the red pompom.
The ants go marching one by one.
Bend a 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner around the Popsicle stick, about 1 1/4 inches from one end.
Bend two more pieces of pipe cleaner around the craft stick. These will be the ant's legs.
Draw a 1 1/2 inch circle on paper. Below the circle, draw a 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inch oval. Cut the shape out.
Cut around the pattern on the craft foam. This will be the body.
Glue the body over the legs.
Bend a small piece of pipe cleaner in a "C" shape. Glue to the Popsicle stick for the antenna.
It is also called the Ladybird. There is even a nursery rhyme called Ladybird, Ladybird.
Cut a large oval from red foam, approximately 4 by 3 inches.
With a black marker, make a line in the center.
Cut four circles from black craft foam that are about 1/2 inch round. Glue two circles on each half of the oval.
Glue the oval to the craft stick.
Some caterpillars have several "eye" spots, so they pretend to see you.
Cut craft foam in circles.
Tip: Press a bottle cap into the craft foam to make an indentation. Then cut around the indentation to make your circle.
Glue the circles on the Popsicle stick using Tacky Glue. Overlap the circle some.
Glue on wiggly eyes.
Make two circles with a hole punch to make the "eyes" on the tail.
Who said dragons can't fly?
Add glue to the craft stick, dip in glitter. Or use glitter glue. Let dry.
Two of the Popsicle sticks will be the wings and the other one is the body.
Glue one wing under the craft stick. Glue the other wing on top so that you can see the bottom one.
Punch two circles from white craft foam. Make a dot with a black marker.
Dragon, ladies, now we even have butter that flies.
Take one of the cupcake liners and fold in half. Cut a "C" shape in the top and make a point at the bottom. Do the same with the other liner but make it slightly smaller.
When you unfold the cupcake liner, you should have a heart shape.
Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner in a circle.
Also, bend it into a "U" shape.
Glue the pipe cleaner to the top of the craft stick.
Glue the larger liner to the Popsicle stick so that the heart is upright.
The smaller heart is placed so that it is upside down. Glue it over the point of the larger heart.
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Weaving is a great activity for young girls and even boys if they are interested. With this Popsicle stick craft for kids, they will make coasters for hot drinks.
First, take four of your Popsicle sticks. Line them up, so they are about 1 inch from each other. Take two long pieces of tape and tape all the Popsicle sticks together on both sides.
Flip it over and take two more long pieces of tape and place it over the sticky side of the other tape.
Cut a long piece of yarn. Tie one end of your yarn on the first Popsicle stick. Now start weaving. With the yarn go under, up and over, and repeat.
Continue until the four Popsicle sticks are filled with yarn.
If you happen to run out of yarn before you are finished, tie the end of your yarn to a stick. Cut another long piece of yarn and tie it to a stick. Continue to weave.
Once your four sticks are filled, tie the end of the yarn to a stick and cut off any extra.
Cut the tape off the Popsicle sticks. With tacky glue, glue two sticks to each end.
Next, glue two more sticks on the end to make a frame.
When you are gluing the frame on, you will need to straighten out the sticks that the yarn is woven on.
Some more Popsicle stick crafts for kids that use one stick.
These Popsicle stick crafts for kids are so easy that you will want to make more than one.
Color the stick green.
Turn one cupcake liner inside out. Glue the two liners together. You will want the color sided on the inside and outside of the flower.
Glue a small pompom inside the cupcake liner.
Glue the cupcake liner to the stick. Let dry.
Make a hole in the bottom of your drinking cup. Push your flower in the hole. Now your flower has a stand.
This miniature stick horse is almost too small for a doll.
Cut two curved L shapes out of brown paper. They will be 2 1/4 by 2 inches. It will look something like a Christmas stocking.
To make the ears, fold a small piece of paper in half. Cut a triangle. The base of the triangle will be on the fold.
Hold the straw next to the Popsicle stick. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the stick and the straw. Pull the straw out.
Glue the triangle ears on the one of the head pieces.
Glue the two head pieces together. Glue the neck pieces to both sides of the Popsicle stick.
Cut a 12-inch piece of yarn. Wrap around the head, crossing the ends at the bottom of the head. Bring the yarn around the horse and tie a knot in the end.
Add a wiggly eye to both sides of the horse. There are wiggly eyes that are peel and stick, which would be easy for young children to handle.
Draw a line with a marker to make a mouth on each side of the head if you want.
Here is a flower that you can make for your pot of pencils.
Wrap both of your green pipe cleaners around the stick. You will want one of the ends bare, so you can put the flower on top.
Cut a 9 1/2 inch piece of yellow pipe cleaner and roll it up in a circle.
Cut five purple pipe cleaners, each being about 6 inches. Fold each piece in half, then fold them in half again.
Twist them at the top of the yellow circle, so you have something that looks like a hand. This is the top of your flower.
Use the remaining piece of yellow pipe cleaner and twist it on the circle. Then twist it on the end of the Popsicle stick.
You might need another piece of yellow pipe cleaner to twist it to the top of your flower to keep it from falling.
Now put your flower in a pot of pencils.
Mermaids are mythical creatures of the sea. They look like a human with a fishtail.
On paper, draw a pointed oval with a rectangle on one end. It will look something like a leaf. My leaf shape measures 2 3/4 by 2 inches.
Place the pattern on a folded piece of felt, with the rectangle on the fold. Cut around the pattern, but not on the fold. Make another piece. This will be the mermaid's tail.
About 1 1/2 inch from one end of your craft stick, hold the end of the tulle. Wrap around the end several times to hold.
Then continue wrapping around the stick until you reach the other end. Add a drop of glue to hold the tulle in place.
Glue one of the tail pieces to the craft stick. Let dry. Then turn the stick over and glue the other tail piece on the craft stick so that both tail pieces are on top of each other.
Make a face with markers.
Cut some yarn for hair. Glue the yarn just above the eyes and on the top back of the mermaid.
It's okay if your mermaid's hair is messy. Remember how Ariel thought that a dinner fork was for brushing her hair?
It's fun to see what you can make with Popsicle stick crafts for kids. They are inexpensive and easy to create with.
Popsicles were first made by Frank Epperson in 1905. He was only eleven years old. He was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water outside and left the mixture outside with the stirring stick. The temperature dropped, freezing the mixture which made the first Popsicle.
He started a business selling the frozen treats in 1923 and called them Epsicle. Later he sold the company. Today, Popsicle treats are made by Good Humor.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest craft stick sculpture was made in Thailand in 2011. It used 840,000 sticks.