Monday, July 11, 2011

Popsicle Stick Bracelets

A little while ago, I saw some amazing Popsicle stick bracelets over at Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom. I loved them and as mother of a girly girl, they were a fabulous answer. My little girl LOVES jewelry, so I wanted something cute for her to wear that I wouldn't be upset if she lost. They are wondrously easy and one of our favorite things to make together now.

You will need:
the jumbo Popsicle sticks (I got colored once because that is all the store had left, but the color boils out anyway, so you might as well get the plain ones)
cups with small openings

I boiled my Popsicle sticks for about 25-35 minutes, to soften them up. I found bending the Popsicle sticks was easier when they were warm, so I just let them sit in the warm water for a few minutes before I starting fishing them out one at a time.

Bend the sticks slowly into the openings of your glasses. I found that the smallest ones worked the best, so after this run I began using kids cups. They work really well and keep the bracelets openings small enough that they won't fall off your wrists.
Let the bracelets sit in the cups over night and then remove. They should come out very easily. I lightly sanded the bracelets and then painted them with my little girl. She had so much fun adding dots and colors to all of them. They are truly some of her favorite things to wear. I love crafts that allow us to work together!
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