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popsicle sticks and embroidery floss: 3 ways

Popsicle Stick Projects

When I was a child, I frequently pulled out the popsicle sticks (craft sticks if you want to be proper) and started assembling what I could. Usually it ended up a mess, but I have fond memories of that craftiness. Then, the other day I was prepping some of these wooden pieces for a few Sunday school projects, and got to thinking that it would be fun to make something now. Something more grown up.

Popsicle Stick Projects


So I pulled out the popsicle sticks, embroidery floss, a few tools, and I was good to go. Within a few minutes you can make all three of these projects: a coaster, a keychain, and a necklace!

Popsicle Stick Projects

To make the coaster, you'll need 6 craft sticks, glue, and embroidery floss.

Lay out the sticks in a sort of tic-tac-toe pattern.

Popsicle Stick Projects

Leave the sticks in place and remove one at a time from the top layer. Add glue at the three points where the stick will lay. I used hot glue, which dries quickly, so you need to work fast.

You can also use craft glue, but the kid in me wanted it to stick and be stuck instantly. My biggest childhood frustration with popsicle stick projects was when they would slide around as I tried to glue them!

Popsicle Stick Projects

After it's all glued securely, wrap each intersection with embroidery floss and tie it off, trimming the ends.

Popsicle Stick Projects
Popsicle Stick Projects


I wrapped mine going all in one direction, but you could crisscross them too. Either way, you'll have a simple coaster with a pop of color!

Popsicle Stick Projects

For this next project, you'll need 3 craft sticks, embroidery floss, craft glue, a key ring and a Crop-a-Dile (or a drill press).

You probably think that I get a kickback on Crop-a-Diles, but I really just love this tool so much! It's worth every penny! I mean, it punches through wood like it's nothing!

Start by punching a hole in one end of each stick. They should all line up as closely as possible. Run a thin line of craft glue along each stick to hold them together in a stack.

Popsicle Stick Projects

Wrap the stacked sticks with embroidery floss. You can make as many little sections as you want, but it seems to work best when the wrapped area is no more than 3/4" wide so you can tie it off.

Popsicle Stick Projects

When you've finished wrapping, slide a key ring through the hole in the stacked sticks.

Popsicle Stick Projects
Popsicle Stick Projects


Add some keys and you've got a ring that shows off your favorite colors!

Popsicle Stick Projects

For the necklace, you'll need one craft stick, embroidery floss, two large jump rings, a plain chain, and a Crop-a-Dile. Jewelry pliers are helpful too.

Punch three holes in the stick as shown.

Popsicle Stick Projects
Popsicle Stick Projects

Thread one color of embroidery floss and wrap it through one end and the center hole. When you've wrapped it enough times to have it looking full (I used about 18 inches), tie off the thread and trim the ends.

Popsicle Stick Projects

Repeat the wrapping process at the other end. Or don't. It's up to you. But two colors are better than one, right?

Popsicle Stick Projects

Use the jump rings to attach the necklace to each end of the craft stick.

Popsicle Stick Projects


While this is a little larger than what I would normally wear, my sister told me I HAD to make this because it's exactly the kind of thing she likes. She won out, but since it's jewelry with embroidery floss involved, I think I'll be trying to wear this crafty statement!

There's something comforting about using materials from childhood to craft something as an adult. Part of what gives them their charm is their simplicity and versatility. What crafts did you most enjoy as a kid?

6 comments:

  1. great post! Love using childhood materials, the key chain is my favorite and I'm going to have to look into this nifty drill press accessory!

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  2. cute stuff. I'm such a hopeless pack rat and still have a popsicle box my daughter made for me 20 years ago.

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  3. Anonymous1:57 PM

    I loved to make loop potholders, collage with shelving paper and Mom's old magazines, and color with bright colors outside the lines. There was also this summer where the playground craft was making lanyards... for a quarter! Growing up in the fifties and sixties was great!

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  4. How have I never heard of a Crop-a-Dile?!? That looks like a great tool, do you have a particular one you would recommend?

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    1. I have the Big Bite. It's really nice for the leverage. If you are near a store that offers 40% off coupons, this should be your next purchase!

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  5. Love that necklace! What a good idea!

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