Got popsicle sticks lying around? Use them to make easy crafts with the kids!
Popsicle sticks are some of the most versatile craft materials out there. There are thousands of projects you can create with popsicle sticks.
They’re also compact and affordable, which are all the more reason I love them!
To inspire your popsicle stick project, here are 20 popsicle stick craft ideas both you and your children will enjoy creating.
1. Cool and Colorful Popsicle Banners
Use popsicle sticks to create popsicles. Nope, that wasn’t a typo, and yes, you read that right. Our first craft on the list is creating decorative popsicle banners.
This project is quick and easy. All you need is a handful of craft sticks glued to colorful kitchen sponges available here.
These banners are great for summer-themed parties. The best thing is, they are handy for cleaning up when the party is over. Let’s just hope you only need to use one, and you can save the rest for next time.
This is a lovely and cheap décor idea! Check more crafts like this that use Dollar Store items.
2. Build-Your-Own Popsicle Stick Tent Craft
If you’re looking for activity ideas for the kids’ next sleepover or camping trip, get them to build tents inside their tents. Yep, I did it again – it’s definitely not a typo.
Build the tent by gluing sticks together to form a triangle. Attach scrapbook paper on both sides of the frame, and cut a slit on the tent front to make the entrance.
Wasn’t that the easiest tent you’ve ever put up?
3. Dragonfly Popsicle Sticks for Kids
Fun fact: Dragonflies were among the first winged insects to exist 300 million years ago! Create prehistoric popsicle insects with your kids as a fun weekend project for any child.
It’s fairly easy to make, but you can check these video tutorials if you want a step-by-step guide. If you want to make your dragonflies vibrant, use colorful popsicle sticks instead of the natural wood ones.
4. Hook Earring Holders
Don’t you just hate it when you can’t find the pair of your favorite hook earrings? I know the feeling, and I share your pain.
Pull out the glue gun and some colored popsicle sticks. These easy-to-make hook earring holders may be the answer to our hard-to-find earring problems!
If you don’t have a glue gun, here is one that I recommend.
5. DIY Popsicle Stick-Framed Magnets
The idea is to use popsicle sticks as frames for magnetic decors – create a house, a photo frame, a notepad – anything, really.
I like popsicle sticks because their sturdy structure maintains the shape of your craftwork. They’re also light enough that they don’t affect the adhesive strength of the magnet.
For these types of magnetic projects, I prefer using magnetic sheets like these, so I can cut them into any shape or size that I want.
6. Rainbow and Cloud Popsicle Stick Felt Craft
Why wait for the rain to see a rainbow when you can create one that stays forever! This cute project is perfect for hanging on your doorknobs, walls, or as party decors.
Create the cloud using white felt stuffed with pillow stuffing. Complete the rainbow by gluing in the sticks along with a piece of string for hanging.
A quick tip: Animate your cloud by adding in some googly eyes, available here.
7. DIY Building Sticks
Buy yourself tons of quiet time by bringing these DIY building sticks along on your travels. The only thing you’ll need other than your craft sticks is Velcro dots, like these.
Stick the Velcro dots on both ends of the craft sticks, and that’s it. Hand them to the kids in the car, on the plane, or at the airport lounge and let them go wild with their imagination and creativity.
8. Clip and Stick Catapult
Use your popsicle sticks and a binder clip to create action-packed contraption kids will love. To create this mom-approved weapon, watch this step-by-step video clip.
Marshmallows or crumpled balls of foil or paper are the best ammunition.
Give the kids a practical lesson on physics by placing paper cups across the room and challenging them to fill these with as much ammo as they can.
9. Cactus Sticks
Ideally, you would want to use green sticks for this one. You can paint over the natural wood popsicle sticks using craft paint, such as these.
Depending on your child’s age, you may need to help them cut and glue the cactus arms. Once fully assembled, you can then leave them to do the cactus detailing using black and red permanent markers.
This craftwork is perfect for desert dioramas, or simply just another random addition to your kids’ toy chest.
10. Fluffy Popcorn Popsicle Stick Craft
Unlimited popcorn for movie night? Yes, please!
Grab your hot glue gun and attach popsicle sticks to create the base. Gather some paint and cotton wool and let the kids to the painting.
That’s hours of them being busy, which translates to loads of free time for you!
11. Popsicle Stick Pen Holder
Being neat and organized are foreign concepts for children. But hey, as parents, we can only help but try.
Guide them through making this popsicle stick pen holder and see if their DIY storage encourages them to be organized with their pencils, crayons, and whatnots.
Loving this idea? You might like these Dollar Store crafts for kids!
12. Pretty Fairy House
This cute playhouse is great for playing with small sized-dolls and fairies!
The popsicle sticks make up the bulk of the material, plus you’ll need a high-quality glue gun like this to stick them all together. The rest of the external house décor is up to your creative geniuses.
This little project might require a bit of adult help. In case you get inspired, here are more DIY projects for adults in the house!
13. Metallic Pour-Painted Popsicle Stick Bracelets
To make this gorgeous accessory, you will need a pouring medium, paint, and clear pouring topcoat. You can buy all of these individually, but they are also sold as a set here.
Once you have all your materials, use this article to guide you through the molding and paint pouring process.
You may need to do most of the work in this project, but the finished product will be so exquisite – both you and your kids wouldn’t be able to resist wearing it.
14. Kids’ Craft Stick Bracelet
This one is great for letting the kids go creative on their bracelets. The process for this bracelet is very similar to the one above; the only difference is the painting technique.
Once you’ve done the molding process, hand the sticks to the little ones and let them paint these over with any color and design they want. Add some glitter or rhinestones for a shiny finish.
15. Popsicle Stick Photo Frames
Frame your favorite photos using colorful popsicle sticks – or get the kids to design the popsicle frames themselves.
The framed photos would look great on your office desk, the family room, and even as ornaments for the Christmas tree.
Check out the Dollar Store frame crafts to get more inspiration!
16. Popsicle Stick Bench
Make this bench with popsicle sticks slotted on craft foam or cardboard. You can get colorful craft foam sheets here if you don’t have any at home.
If you’re unsure of how to cut this, use the printable cut-out pattern, we found on this page.
I can imagine the kids’ tiny toys sitting on this bench. Come to think of it, wouldn’t it also be an attractive mobile phone desk stand?
17. Spring Flower Planter Box
Don’t throw away your used egg cartons. Instead, use them as planter boxes for DIY spring flowers.
Gather up glue, colored markers, and colorful craft paper and join the kids in shaping and cutting different flowers.
Place your finished planters anywhere in the house to instantly brighten up space.
Check out more paper crafts and get even more cheap crafting ideas!
18. Lively Animal Puppet Sticks
Let your kids’ stickers come to life by creating puppet sticks out of them! The example I picked shows a caterpillar, but feel free to use a wide variety of animals and insects.
Mom tip: When peeling off stickers, save the backing sheet and use this to seal the popsicle stick and sticker together.
Another mom tip: Use reusable stickers like the ones found here. They last longer, and when the kids are tired of playing with puppets, you can place them back in the sticker book for future use.
19. Popsicle Stick Puppets
Recycle your old greeting cards, magazines, or coloring books with this project.
Simply cut out child-friendly characters and attach them to your craft sticks to create a fun mix of stick puppets you and the kids will have hours of fun playing with.
20. Sheep Stick Puppet
Create your little one’s own little lamb in less than five minutes.
You will need cotton pads, googly eyes, a popsicle stick, glue, black paper, and chenille stems which you can get from this page. There you go, cuteness overload.
Share these projects with family and friends, or let us know any other ideas you may have in the comment section below.