This post is sponsored by Popsicle, because the best craft sticks come frozen.
Popsicle stick crafts are awesome and easy–it’s one of the first crafting mediums we give our kids! You can paint them, color them with markers OR crayons, and stick them together with glue, tape or glue dots. You build a lot of things from Popsicle sticks, like this flag my oldest made when he was four. They’re also great for making catapults, airplanes, rafts, boxes and of course…picture frames.
Popsicle asked me to make a simple picture frame for this post and even sent me a box of unused sticks. Not nearly as fun as eating the icy treats first, but definitely quicker. I told Mitch we were gonna make some Popsicle stick frames and he rolled his eyes. “Mom, I’m not a baby.”
Yes you are, I said in my head. But…you’ve got a point.
Step Up your Popsicle Game
So we kicked it up a notch and made 3D photos for our project. We still kept it simple, but by adding this one easy step, our project became worthy of a 10 year-old maker.
What you’ll need:
- 6 Popsicle Sticks
- Markers (we used Sharpies)
- White Glue
- Glue Dots
- 2 Identical Photos
- Foam Stickers
- Glitter (optional)
- Ribbon or Magnets
First, select and print your photos. They only need to be about 4 inches square. We printed our out on 4×6 paper and trimmed them down. (Special thanks to Danielle Morhaus, the photographer who took this awesome photo of Mitch.)
Color your Popsicle sticks. We used Sharpie markers for their bold color and speed–Mitch hates waiting for paint to dry. If your kid has more patience, paint is excellent.
Glue the sticks to the trimmed photo. Tape isn’t good enough for this, just use the glue.
Next, cut out the subject of ONE photo. In this case, Mitch was cut from the photo. Trim the bottom of the photo as needed.
Place the cut out on top of the whole photo. Secure in place with glue/foam dots. (We used 2 layers of dots for extra pop.)
Add a second layer of Popsicle sticks and glue in place.
Sprinkle on extra decorations, like foam sticks and glitter!
Decide how to display your photo–either glue ribbon to the back for displaying on a hook or bulletin board, or glue magnets to make a refrigerator master piece.