I came across a blog with a tutorial on how to make bangles using popsicle sticks. We have a plethora of recycled popsicle sticks, and it looked like a fun, simple craft to do with Cymone, so I thought I'd give it a try. This project was not as simple as we anticipated.
The first problem we encountered was that only 50% of the sticks bent without splintering or breaking. The second problem was that our sticks were too small to wrap around our wrists. We came up with a less-than-perfect alternative, but the bracelets look good and the project presented a fun challenge. Below is the tutorial for our process.
A handful of recycled wooden popsicle sticks
Glass of warm water
Hot glue gun & glue
1. Collect a handful of recycled popsicle sticks.
2. Place your sticks in a glass of warm water overnight.
3. Drain the glass & bend your popsicle sticks inside the glass so that they wrap around the inside edges. Let dry overnight. Note, this is when many of my popsicle sticks splintered or broke - good luck!
4. Paint popsicle sticks. Not all of my snaps matched up, so I had to work the bangles a little when they were re-moistened with paint.
5. When the paint is dry, secure the snaps on either end of your popsicle sticks with hot glue.
6. Once completely dry, you can mix and match the sticks, snapping them together on either side to make a circular bangle.