Popsicle Flag

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The red sticks for these flags are made with just a little liquid watercolor. And if you color them ahead of time, the rest is an easy assembly project for kids of all ages. See my “Folk Art Flag” for a full photo tutorial.

Little Wooden Crystals

I’m having so much fun with these little stick sculptures, and so are my students. They happen to be studying minerals right now, so this is a great tie in as it is one of the elemental crystal shapes they are learning about. I recommended starting with Wood Craft Picks that are found at Michaels and … Read More

Cube Stick Drawing

Turning a square into a cube is fundamental in learning how to draw with dimension. But for some reason, I often see students first draw the angled lines different lengths, which makes things lopsided. I’m thinking that if I require them to cut these sticks all the same size before they glue, they can’t help but … Read More

Quilling Snowflakes

Quilling is an art form that involves rolling, and gluing strips of paper together to create decorative designs. If you use bread ties instead, the curl stays and is easier to glue too. 1. Students made popsicle boards by gluing 11 sticks across two back sticks, and letting them dry while the curls were made. 2. … Read More

Glittery Popsicle Stick Snowflake

After many experiments, here’s how my students are finishing their popsicle snowflakes this week. Turns out that tempera paint was too see through, white acrylic paint showed missing glitter, but metallic silver paint (from Michaels) worked just right. It enhanced the silvery look, and when covered with silver glitter while still wet, made some pretty sparkly … Read More

Cardboard Treehouse

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional afterschool classes this school year, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. On Friday they made these treehouses, and got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. NOTE: There was a bit of prep work for this, but … Read More

Popsicle Picnic Table

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My love affair with popsicle sticks continues. This time I’ve found a way to use the mini sticks to make a picnic table. The best news? No cutting! Just stock up on these mini sticks and little Aleene’s glue bottles and your students will be able to create away.

Popsicle Painted House

This project worked great for me today. Young kinders usually have trouble drawing large shapes, so gluing sticks down first gave them “lines” to follow. I also loved that I could one stop shop my favorite supplies at Michaels. BUDGET (For 25 kinders): Black paper $2.50. Alene’s Glue: $1.50. Washable paint: $5.50, Sticks: $5. Total: $14.50 … Read More

Another Popsicle Stick House

I’m still loving these little popsicle sticks, and made a variation of my other house project I posted. This one has a more vertical, paneled look instead of the horizontal, log cabin look. 1. These little popsicle sticks I found at JoAnn Fabric’s, and are about 2 1/2″ long. I started by lining up six sticks, … Read More

Folk Art Flag

Given that folk art is created by untrained artists, everyday items are often used for its creation. I’ve had this wooden flag idea for awhile, and finally got to try it out. 1. I glued two sticks together with white glue to make a “flagpole”. I did this about 20 minutes prior to class so they … Read More

Another Popsicle Stick House

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I’m still loving these little popsicle sticks, and made a variation of my other house project I posted here. This one has a more vertical, paneled look instead of the horizontal, log cabin look. 1. These little popsicle sticks I found at JoAnn Fabric’s, and are about 2 1/2″ long. I started by lining up six … Read More

Popsicle Stick Cabins

These new little popsicle sticks (they’re 2 1/2″ long) that I found at Michael’s remind me of my parent’s log cabin in Tennessee. Here’s one way to make little houses that could serve well as colorful refrigerator magnets. Or add some snow and a string for a holiday decoration? Let your imagination see what it can … Read More

Popsicle Portraits

This was a very successful Mother’s Day project last year. Magnets could be added so the art could go right on the fridge. 1. Students glue their own jumbo popsicle stick boards together with craft glue. 2. They draw their portrait in a 4″ square on white drawing paper. 3. When the pencil drawing is done, … Read More