Craft Stick Ideas

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Craft sticks offer versatility for craft projects for children of all ages. They are also known as tongue depressors or Popsicle sticks, and are available in plain wood or in various colors. Craft sticks work well for craft projects and science explorations. Use the following activities as a starting point for craft stick projects. Allow your children to create their own craft stick projects for further entertainment.

  1. Picture Frames

    • Use craft sticks to create a homemade picture frame. Glue the craft sticks in a rectangle to create the frame. Paint the frame, and add glitter or other embellishments. Cut a picture to fit the size of the craft stick frame. Place a thin line along the back of the picture frame. Press the picture into the glue so that the picture can be viewed from the front.

    Snowflake Ornaments

    • Craft sticks make a cute snowflake ornament for winter. Use three craft sticks to establish the shape of the snowflake. Lay one craft stick on the table. Place a dot of glue in the middle. Lay the next craft stick on top of the first. The centers of the craft sticks should overlap, but the second stick should be rotated slightly to create the snowflake shape. Place another dot of glue in the middle of the second craft stick. Place the final glue stick on top, again rotating slightly. You should end up with a snowflake with six different points. Decorate the snowflakes with paint, glitter and other embellishments after the glue dries.

    Drum Sticks

    • Craft sticks work well as drum sticks for a homemade drum. Use a coffee can to create the drum. Cover the coffee can with paper or paint it. Put the lid on the drum. Decorate craft sticks to use as the drum sticks.

    Building

    • Craft sticks can be used to allow children to explore their building skills. Give your child several craft sticks, glue, string and other building supplies. Encourage her to build various structures using the supplies. Use the craft sticks to build a bridge that spans between two chairs. Test the strength of the craft stick bridge by placing various amounts of weight on it.

    Puppets

    • Craft sticks work well as the stick for homemade puppets. Create puppets from sturdy cardboard, craft foam or felt. Place a small amount of glue at the end of a craft stick. Place the puppet firmly on the stick, leaving most of the craft stick visible below the puppet. The craft stick will serve as the handle for the puppet.

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