We haven’t done any kids crafts yet for DIY With A.I. Friedman and it’s time to change that. Kids will have fun designing their own bracelets and it’s cool to see the popsicle sticks bend over time! You don’t need that much:
- Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
- Glasses or cups
- Craft paint
- Paint brushes
- A pot to boil the sticks in
- 15 minutes to boil
- 24 hours to set
You are going to want to supervise young children because we are going to be bringing the water to a boil and retrieving the sticks from it. If you have super young kids you could boil the sticks ahead of time and just let them paint the finished bracelet shapes later! Go ahead fill your pot about half way and bring it to a boil.
Grab your popsicle sticks and pop them in the boiling water. You are definitely going to want to boil extra sticks because some WILL break in the bending process. If you are somehow a magically perfect being who doesn’t break any sticks, then bonus; you have extra bracelets. Let the popsicle sticks boil for 15 minutes.
When the 15 minutes are up have your glasses or cups (they should be around the same size as the wrist you want the bracelets to fit!) ready and take the sticks out of the water with kitchen tongs. Shake of the extra water a little bit. Because wood is such a poor heat conductor the popsicle sticks will be ready for you to hold with your hands right after coming out of the water. This is the hardest part, gently bend your sticks into a round shape and slip them inside of the cups.
Like I said before, don’t be too concerned about breaking a few popsicle sticks, it’s going to happen. Those sticks just couldn’t live up to the high pressure fashion world. I had a few popsicle stick casualties myself.
The key is: don’t get frustrated just take it slow. I found it easiest to start getting a bend going at the middle and then slowly bringing the ends closer together. As soon as you can fit your bracelet in the glass, slip it in there, it will help you bend the stick! Once you have all your sticks inside the glasses, pat yourself on the back, then let them dry for 24 hours. It’s really important to leave them to dry for this amount of time so they hold their shape when you take them out!
After all of your patient waiting, it’s time to get painting. Paint them however your want and get creative! I used a pencil eraser as a “stamp” to make some polka dots on a few of my bracelets.
After your paint has dried your bracelets are all set to be the perfect kids fashion accessory! Because this is such an easy project, it’s a great one to make again and again. Share your bracelet creations using #DIYwithAIF and happy crafting!