For inexpensive crafts to make at home, popsicle stick projects are at the top of my list. In fact, I keep a box of wooden popsicle sticks in the house at all times so I have them when creative inspiration hits me. Why you may ask? Well, as a first, you can make just about anything with these little wooden sticks – bend them, paint them, glue them, construct with them. Additionally, most of these crafts can be considered dollar store crafts because, well, you can find all the materials at the dollar store! From DIY jewelry to room decor to some nifty little gift ideas to make for friends and family, the seemingly lowly preschool craft supply certainly can be seen from a new perspective. After putting together this list of DIY ideas to make with popsicle sticks, I think I probably need to go a few more boxes of them to keep at home. Check out these cool craft blogs where you can find the step by step tutorials for all of these DIY ideas, plus lots of other creative things to make for teens and kids.
45 Popsicle Stick Crafts
1. DIY Painted Popsicle Stick Planter
Whether you are in need of a quick gift idea, a cheap craft that you can make with materials in your home, an easy project to sell, or just a planter to house your precious greenery in, this adorable DIY pastel-painted planter will do it all! Not only is it environmentally friendly by adding a new plant to your living space, but you are also recycling by reusing cans that once held your preserved goods in:) Think about it, there is no better way to save the world than making the cutest planter while you are at it!
2. DIY Paper Watermelon Fans
If you are like me, you know that you can’t go wrong with anything watermelon. From watermelon candy to watermelon umbrellas, watermelon bath bombs, watermelon ice cream, and of course, watermelon paper fans! Plus, this DIY is so quick and easy to make that if you find yourself in need of a portable fan that you can throw in your purse for a football game or any outing outdoors, it can be made in minutes! It might be the simplest summer craft out there and it won’t make a dent in your wallet because all you need is paper and popsicle sticks!
3. DIY Popsicle Favor Boxes
These DIY Popsicle favor boxes are so cute and easy to make that you will feel obligated to make and pass them out at every party you have! Who said it has to be summer? Popsicles are great year-round! All you need is to make a quick trip to the dollar store and pick up some popsicle sticks, paper, and boxes. The free downloadable PDF will do the rest for you!
4. DIY Pastel Painted Garland
With a quick coat of paint, these everyday popsicle sticks are given an unexpected new use as decor. A garland! For a light and playful look, you can keep the pastel palette, or you can switch it up to any color scheme you like, to match whatever theme you have planned for your next party. I’m sure after adding this amazing project to your must-make craft list, you can find a couple of others on this post:)
5. DIY Popsicle Stick Cloud
Whether you want a craft to keep away the boredom or just need a cute rainbow cloud to look at, this adorable DIY popsicle stick craft is for you. Now, I am not actually sure what these cute clouds are designed to be made for, but that means that they can be used for anything and everything! You can stick them to your wall, give them to friends, create a card or thank you note from them, the list is ever seemingly endless. Happy crafting:)
6. DIY Pillow Box Popsicles
I’m going to be honest with you. Before stumbling on this amazing craft tutorial, I had no idea what pillow boxes were. What at a loss I was because now I know that they are super simple paper boxes that you can stuff anything you want inside of them! From candy, jewelry, to small knick nacks, pillow boxes are not only super easy to make, but they are super affordable as well! So, whether you are hosting a party soon and need some last-minute party favors, or you just need some DIY storage for your sweet treats, this step by step tutorial is here for you!
7. DIY Cookie Dough Label Sticks
You might be wondering, why would anybody ever need to label their cookie dough if they are the ones who made it and uh, simply know its cookie dough? Well, because it’s cuter! And the fact that it adds some extra flair to these flavorful doughy bites and if you are planning to serve them at a party, nobody would know what was underneath the chocolatey goodness. Truthfully, if I were a guest, I might hope it was cookie dough but with all the condemnations of eating raw batter, I would conclude they were cake pops. But no need to worry, once you happily inform your family and friends that they are delicious edible dough pops with the cutest DIY label sticks, they will be gone within seconds!
8. DIY Log Cabin Place Cards
Bringing back feelings of crisp wintery nights where smoke is pluming out of the chimney due to a warmly lit fireplace, these log cabin place cards are the perfect addition to any dinner table. Both super affordable and easy to make, they are so much more fun than any formal gold-trimmed place card that you will find out there. And what do you know, maybe these cards will even get kids excited to help out on setting the table? 😉
9. DIY Paper Punch Popsicles
Perfect for any occasion, these paper punch popsicles are as easy to make as they are cute! With the step by step tutorial and some paper, popsicle sticks, and a paper puncher, you will be making these within minutes! Great for having on hand as easy DIY cards or gift tags, these DIY paper punch popsicles will become your new go-to craft!
10. DIY Pocket Fans
Nobody can withstand the blazing heat of summertime, and what better way to avoid that than with these super cute DIY pocket fans that are a great project for kids, and a great product to have on hand! With this easy tutorial with step by step instructions with pictures, you can battle the blaze and bring a refreshing paper produced breeze at any time!
11. DIY Jumbo Popsicle Garland
12. DIY Popsicle Stick Lamps
13. DIY Popsicle Sticks Apple Crafts
14. DIY Watermelon Banner
15. DIY Pencil Bookmarks
16. DIY Color Block Magnets
17. DIY Easy Rainbow Wreath
For cute but inexpensive room decor ideas for teens, look no further than this multi color rainbow mirror made from a collection of painted wooden sticks fanned out around a mirror you should be able to pick up at Dollar Tree. Check out the step by step how to by Design Improvised here.
18. DIY Craft Stick Flower Pot
19. DIY Modern Popsicle Stick Bunny
20. DIY Popsicle Stick Bracelets
My favorite popsicle stick craft of all time, painted DIY bracelets made from popsicle sticks, offers lots of room for creativity. Paint these cheap but cool bracelets with patterns, flowers, words, whatever you can dream up – I’ve even seen one painted like Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Check out the tutorial by The Decorated Cookie here.
21. DIY Summer Move it Jars
Stay on track this summer by making a list of goals of fun things to do, here you can learn how to pout various forms of fun exercises down to remember to do when you need to move around a bit. Write your favorite workout ideas and fun sports down on popsicle sticks, then draw one randomly to pick and activity. I love having one of these in my room this summer, keeps me from getting as bored as I usually do. Learn how to make this at The Crafting Chicks here.
22. DIY Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf
23. DIY Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters
24. DIY Popsicle Stick Arctic Wolves
25. DIY Popsicle Stick Toaster Tongs
26. DIY Farm Animals
27. DIY Spooky Spider Webs
28. DIY Miniature Barn Doors
29. DIY Miniature Popsicle Stick House
30. DIY Popsicle Stick Glitter Earrings
31. DIY Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
32. DIY Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
33. DIY Stay-In-Place Bookmarks
34. DIY Geometric Wall Shelves
35. DIY Easy Popsicle Stick Wall Art
36. DIY Platonic Solids Popsicle Stick Models
37. DIY Patterned Popsicle Stick Coasters
38. DIY Embroidery Ornaments
39. DIY Popsicle Stick Photo Frames
40. DIY Garden Markers Using Popsicle Sticks
41. DIY Popsicle Stick Jewelry
42. DIY Foldable Popsicle Stick Treasure Map
43. DIY Popsicle Stick Gingerbread House
44. DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments
45. DIY Striped Popsicle Stick Coasters