Popsicle craft stick project idea: Homes out of craft sticks

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Popsicle crafts stick projects are usually pencil holders or jewelry boxes  made by stacking up crafts sticks on top of each other.

I saw this idea on Pinterest, but it had no link back to a site.(just a Flickr image)

In this activity its best to use the regular Craft Sticks. I had no plain, thin sticks to use so we used the thicker ones along with some green, thin ones. This is activity is a two part one. First the children got popsicle (craft) sticks and markers and or crayons. They then decorated the sticks. This can take a really long time if the kids are girls and they at least 5 years old as they love to make all kinds of design on the sticks.

crafts sticks art

crafts sticks art

When the sticks are all colored in which can of course, be the next day, it’s time to make their homes with the colored sticks. I will be quite honest with you. It’s really better to give the children the larger size tag board, (I think it’s 11×18 or 12×18) so they can have more room to work.

The reason we did the smaller tag board is that this was a camp project and we were making art books to showcase all of the art they had done over the summer. The art books, you guessed it are loose leaf size and can only fit the smaller tag board size sheets.

Do not attempt to have the children do this project on construction paper or computer paper. They need the stronger tag board or even different types of cardboard can work as well.

If they are working with larger backgrounds then the project can be expanded and they can make additional items next to the homes.

I tell the children that they can use the sticks to make a house or  two houses or if they really don’t want to make some kind of house, they can do something else. It also may be a good idea to give the children some images of different kinds of house to get them going.

crafts sticks art

popsicle stick projects

popsicle stick projects

If you notice this picture the child had the sticks going off of the page which is not good if you  need to fit it into a sheet protector for an art book, but otherwise its fine and the project can even be glued onto a large background to show it off.

craft stick projects

This one below is obviously a much younger child.

popsicle stick projects

craft stick projects

Make sure to have various markers and other drawing utensils when they finish to continue working on their pictures.

Have you found any other interesting ideas to use crafts sticks for?

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