43 Outstanding Craft Stick DIY Ideas

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

What can you do with popsicle sticks?

Whether you call them craft sticks or popsicle sticks, every crafter should know what you're talking about. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see the range of projects that can be made (and made inexpensively) with this versatile craft supply. A lot of these projects would make thoughtful gifts, holiday ornaments, and playful home décor pieces. Let's get started!

Make the cute farm animals shown above using the directions at make and takes.

1. Scarecrows

I love these little scarecrows and think they would be so cute tucked in a potted plant. This would be a great Thanksgiving project you could keep through the fall.

2. Christmas Trees

These Christmas trees would look great included in a winter village scene. Make sure to add drifted snow on the branches for a realistic touch!

3. For the Birds

I think these birds are one of the cutest projects for kids to make. Think of the many ways you could use them. I'm thinking about using them to create a mobile for a baby's room or turn into ornaments for the Christmas tree.

4. Pencil Holder

Dad will love receiving a handmade gift like this pencil holder. It can be used on a desk in a home or office.

5. Sunburst Mirror

I think this mirror would be extra elegant if the sunburst was painted black. Whether you leave it natural or paint it, this is a great project to try.

6. Trivet

I think making a trivet would be a great group project for a classroom or scout troop. It'd be a useful gift to give to Mom or Grandma.

7. Advent Tree

This Advent tree would be a nice project for the home or a classroom. Craftnest shares the instructions for how to put it together.

8. Garden Fairies

These sweet garden fairies are a simple and easy craft. You can customize this in so many ways, so here's to letting your imagination run free!

9. Alligator

Little boys especially will enjoy making this alligator and then chasing their siblings around with them.

10. Fishes

These unique fish can be put together with just a few craft supplies and are sure to excite the kids.

11. Bracelets

If you make one of these bracelets, I can assure you that you'll want to make more of them. They're very attractive!

12. DIY Popsicle Bracelet

13. Craft Stick Santa

Ask the kids for ideas about where and how to use these Santas, and you'll have reasons to make lots of them.

14. United States Flag

Let the children show their patriotism by making flags with popsicle sticks. You'll find the directions at The Suburban Mom.

15. School Bus Frame

This school bus frame would be such a nice way to remember how the kids looked across different grades. Use the school photo of the year to put into the frame. Imagine lining up a bunch of school buses as a playful wall arrangement.

16. Giant Snowflakes

Painted black, silver, or gold, these giant snowflakes could be used as year-round wall décor. Learn how to assemble them at Craftynest.

17. Reindeer

This little reindeer is so cute! Make all of the Xmas characters: Santa, snowmen, and reindeer. You could place them on a piece of paper decorated with a winter scene to let your kids play with them!

18. Craft Stick Boats

Make a cute boat and take it sailing in a pond or tub. You can turn it into a game or race and have fun with friends.

19. Airplanes

Make these beautiful airplanes with make happy. The kids will really enjoy customizing their plane designs.

20. Trinket Box

Sometimes it's difficult for kids to think of things that they can make to give to their dad or mom as a gift. This trinket box is a great gift item that the kids can put together themselves and feel good about giving away.

21. Fish and Sticks

I can see this project being made into a mobile. I'd paint it yellow and sprinkle it with glitter for a beautiful touch.

22. Scalloped Trees

These scalloped trees aren't just for Christmas. I think they look so classy.

23. Memory Game

You can make your own popsicle stick memory game by following the directions at eat drink CHIC.

24. Gel Transfer Puzzle

Find out how you can transfer a photo image onto the craft sticks to make a personalized puzzle. These would be such a sweet thing to slip into a gift!

25. Recipe Holder

Any child would be so proud if they made Mom something she could use—like a handmade recipe holder.

26. Nativity Scene

I think this Nativity scene is my all-time favorite craft stick project. It's simple but beautiful and easy to make.

27. Plant Hanger

How clever is this use for craft sticks? Go to Momaha for the instructions.

28. Garden Fence

You can make a little garden fence like the one above over at favecrafts.

29. Harmoni-Kazoo

30. DIY Harmonica

Kids will love making and playing a harmonica that they've constructed themselves.

31. Mini Weaving Loom

I think kids would really enjoy making and using a mini weaving loom. If you want to save time, make the looms ahead of time so the kids just do the weaving. Our Creative Day is where you'll find the instructions.

32. Snowflake Ornament

Make this easy snowflake ornament using craft sticks and buttons. The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman shares how to put it together!

33. Stick Critters

What's not to love about these stick critters? The kids will love making and playing with them.

34. Magnets

Let the kids make magnets to hang artwork on the fridge! Because they'll remember what they made, it'll be easy for them to match their art to the magnet.

35. Nativity Ornament

I love little homemade nativities, and this DIY one is really cute.

36. Bald Eagle

This is an outstanding project that teachers could use in the classroom. Use this project when teaching what the bald eagle signifies in American history.

37. Sled Ornaments

Although the tutorial doesn't give specific directions, they have great photos that show you how to make these sled ornaments. You can use this in so many ways!

38. Pendant

Teens who like to wear jewelry that they made themselves will enjoy this pendant project. I think the pendant doesn't even look like it's made from a popsicle stick!

39. Craft Stick Easel

40. Photo Puzzle

There are so many occasions when a gift like this would be appropriate, other than the obvious Valentine's Day. To make a photo puzzle gift for someone you love, go to all for the MEMORIES for the instructions.

41. Scarecrow

Learn how to make this craft stick scarecrow at Today's Creative Ideas.

42. Snowflakes

The kids will love to help make a tree full of snowflakes like these for Christmas. Some pom-poms can be purchased already with glitter on them, which I think would be very pretty. See how to make these snowflakes at It Happens In a Blink.

43. Puppet Theater

I love this puppet theater because you can make so many different characters with craft sticks. Imagine the three little pigs or even Bible characters. You'll find the tutorial for the puppets and puppet theater at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

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        KayeSI 5 years ago

        Oh wow! You have such great ideas here. I'm going to have to give these a try with my grandchildren. Thanks for all the creative inspiration! :)