What a great little box this is, and very rewarding when you see the birds landing on the bird feeder in the garden.
The popsicle stick box will give you 100 popsicle sticks, 50 of them rainbow, and all the pieces you need to make some wonderful creations.
Let's jump right in and start crafting.
Popsicle Stick Bracelets.
You will need:
Popsicle sticks (make sure you have enough molds for the amount you use) - use the plain ones
Things to decorate with - colouring pens, glue, paper, adornments.... There is no limit to the creativity on these.(I would love to see some Wonder Woman gauntlets created).
From the kitchen you will need:
A pot wide enough for the sticks to lay flat
A heatproof glass, cup or other vessel to use as a mold. Make sure the inside is the right size for our wrist.
Water for boiling (adult supervision required)
Oven or warm place for drying
Place your popsicle sticks in your pot and cover with water. DO NOT USE THE DYED STICKS as the colour will run.
Turn the heat on and let the water come to the boil, then turn down to low and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Keep the popsicle sticks in the water and let cool slightly, us your tongs to remove one stick. Carefully (slow is much better than fast here) start to bend your stick into a circle. If the stick isn't bending you will need to heat them for a bit longer. If you have some snap then bend the stick slower.
Once it has been curved, place on the inside of your mold. Make sure the stick is sitting straight otherwise your bracelet will come out all wonky. Repeat with your other sticks.
Now pop these in to the oven at 180 degrees until they are dry (about 15-25 minutes). If you take your stick out of the mold and it changes shape, then it is not quite dry yet.
That's it for shaping, you can now get on with decorating. And the options are endless:
Wrap yarn or ribbon around your stick. Glue the ends down so they don't move.
Make matching patterns on two bracelets for friendship bracelets.
Glue gems, flowers, buttons... to your bracelet.
Spread glue over your stick and press a piece of patterned paper or material over it. Trim to size when it is dry. (don't trim when it is wet as the material will move and the paper will rip).
Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
You will need:
30 popsicle sticks (rainbow ones are great)
String for hanging
Place your first 8 popsicle sticks side by side (long ends touching) to make a raft. This is the base of your feeder, where the feed will sit.
Get 2 sticks and glue across the raft, sticking all the sticks together. Make sure the 2 popsicle sticks are at the end of the raft.
Get another 2 popsicle sticks and glue these to the other end of the raft, over the ends of the first 2.
Repeat these steps until all 30 sticks are now glued together.
Now you will need some patience. Let the bird feeder dry for at least 30 minutes before you touch it. If the sticks can still move, you will need to leave your bird feeder alone until they can't move any more.
Once it is dry, carefully thread your string through the first layer of sticks at each corner. Tie the ends of the string together at the top so you can hang it in the trees.
Only put your bird feed in AFTER you have the feeder hanging, otherwise you might spill it everywhere (like it did).
The popsicle Stick box comes with 100 sticks, glue, colouring pens, string and even some bird food to get you started! Check it out here.