Monday, May 23, 2011

Popsicle Stick Bracelets

These little darlings are so easy and so cheap, you are going to love making them with your favorite gals.   Find some wide popsicle sticks to get started.   First you need to boil them {yes, boil!} in water for about 15 minutes to make them nice and soft so they can bend.  FYI, you will break about 1 out of 5 so plan accordingly.
 Dry the sticks around something the size of a wrist... I let them dry a long time, like a week!  When they are ready it's time to decorate.  Gather together paper, yarn, ribbon, twine ... whatever you want!
 To make the process easier on the paper bracelets, use one of the unbent sticks as a template, cut out the paper, and mod podge onto the bent stick.  You can paint them before you add paper ... can you imagine how fun a chalkboard paint bracelet would be???
My favorite is the twine.  Just hot glue and start wrapping, then hot glue the end into place.
 The vase we used to dry the sticks has a diameter of 2 inches.  That seems to be a great size, fitting little miss and me just fine.
 We painted this one bubblegum pink before adding a little surprise inside.  {We do love our weiner dogs around here!}
Now what are YOU gonna do?  Please make some and show me your handiwork!  XOXO Jules
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  1. Oh my goodness, I am crazy about this idea! I am going to have to do this with my girls when we go camping this summer. Thanks for always being so inspiring. You rock!

    Warmly, MIchelle

  2. PS - I had to "re-follow" you--when the Blogger glitch occurred, it deleted my "following these blogs" list!

    Love, M

  3. Oh that is a neat idea! I gotta try them and my favorite one is that wine one also...heck they're all pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this! Not sure if we have any large sticks left but I wholly intend on looking tonight!
    Thanks for the great idea :)

  5. I have seen these before. Yours are super cute. I am a new follower. Check me out at

  6. I'm freaking out over those!!!!!!ADORABLE! Buying the sticks today!
    Thanks for sharing on Pinkalicious Thursday!

  7. how great are these! Def doing these this summer with my girls! Would be totally flattered if you linked up to our new party!

  8. now that is a great idea.... what a fun craft for a party ....thank you for sharing =)

  9. These bracelets are so CUTE!! I never knew the popsicle sticks would bend if boiled. Thanks you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours!

  10. Brilliant! I have a bazillion of those large sticks. I made some fabric bracelets using a plastic bracelet from the Target Dollar Spot, but I haven't been able to find any more. This will be perfect!

  11. I already have those big Popsicle sticks Now I need to think up some cool designs I love to paint so Ill be painting or mod podging something on them.

  12. I love this, Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! Smiles~ Noelle

  13. I don't have a daughter - but I think these would make a fantastic birthday party favour!!!

  14. How fun!
    love these! would be so thrilled if you'd link this up to my 20 minute tuesday linky party!
    Happy memorial day!

  15. Okay...that is so freakin' cute! I came here from tatertots and jello...I LOVE this idea!

    Can't wait to do it with my girls!!

  16. Love these! Definitely one to try for both kids during the summer. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea.

    Visiting from via the Craft-O-Matic link party.

  17. OOH, so cute! I want to try these with seersucker fabric, like Melissa at One Craft at a time did:)!Thanks for the GREAT idea:)!

  18. Those are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Brilliant and I can't wait to share with everyone! I had no idea you could bend Popsicle sticks!

  20. This is great!! i have had a box of popsicle sticks in my cabinet for over a year waiting for a project to come along.. Can't wait to try it out with the kids!

  21. Love this! I'm your newest follower! Can't wait to see what else you have to share!
    ~*Jessica Lauren @

  22. These are great!!! My daughter would love them. I have the perfect paper in mind for me too! I found you though MPR. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I love this idea I can't wait to try it :)

  24. These are so cool! We are totally making these this summer! I will link you when we do. :)

  25. These turned out so cute! Love the little wiener dog! Adorable!
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  26. I emailed one of your posts to my 12 year old niece (the duct tape hair bow) and she looked around and found these and now when she visits we are going to make them! I am so excited! Thanks for sharing your creations!

  27. Love your blog!! I am definitely going to be your new follower :) I would love it if you followed me to @ that would be great :) I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new recipes, crafts, and makeup.. And Giving away giveaways on mineral make-up!!

  28. Jules - this is the cutest idea. My nieces would get a kick out of making their own bracelets - perfect summertime craft. Thank you so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I featured this on Sunday! Hope you have a lovely week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  29. I L-O-V-E these bracelets!! This is seriously one of the best ideas out there, and it makes me want to rummage through my trash to pull out all those sticks I've been tossing for months (ew, but true). The epitome of upcycling!! I have these curved weight watchers popsicle sticks that I am dying to try this with now. Thanks so much for sharing such a brilliant idea, and thank you also for the kind words left on my blog!! ^_^

    Your newest follow,
    ~Nicole @

  30. So simple, so fun, so cheap and EASY! Gotta love it! I'll be using rubber stamps and scrapbook paper to personalize ours.

  31. Esta genial.. no sabia que hirviendo las paletas se podrian doblar.. voy a intentarlo...Felicidades por lo ingenioso del proyecto..

  32. So so cute! I'm totally going to try these out for our Girls Camp Craft! If mine turn out half as good as yours I'll for sure feature it on our blog at
    Thanks for the idea!! I'm for sure becoming a follower of yours:)

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  43. I realize this post is almost 2 years old so I don't know if you will see this comment but it's worth a shot :) I love this project and I'm hoping to do this with close to 100 8-10 year old girls (yes, I realize I am crazy). It is perfect for our theme centered around hospital/medical type things & the tongue depressors fit right into that. I would do all the forming of the bracelets ahead of time and they would just do the decorating. A few questions I have though... do they have to dry a week or would a couple of days probably do the trick. Also, did you cut the paper slightly smaller or did you just sand the edges to fit? Also, do the bracelets you placed around the vase that was 2" in diameter fit pretty universally for girls that age or do you think it would be best to do some slightly larger? I know...a lot of questions! I would greatly appreciate any tips you have or if you've received emails from readers who have tried the project and offered tips or suggestions those would be great too! Thank you in advance!!!

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