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Popsicle Stick Bracelets

1. First, grab some popsicle stick/craft sticks/tongue depressors at the craft store. Bring a pot of water to boil and drop in the sticks. To be on the safe side, boil more sticks than you need in case some split, crack, etc. Boil for 5 minutes, turn off the pot and let them soak in the hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Gently roll the stick around and into a glass or jelly jar to dry. If your sticks aren't bending easily, bring the water back up to a boil and repeat the process. 

3. Let the sticks dry for a day. I actually dried mine overnight and then, because they were in a heat-safe container, put them in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour to finish drying them.

4. I printed my graphics onto Craft Attitude film so the wood surface would show through on the bracelets. I used ATC, flower and peacock backgrounds, and then cropped them down, enlarged and so on to get just the right section for the bracelet using Word before printing them out. 

5. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the wood bracelet and put the printed side of the image down. Smooth out and leave to dry. 

6. Trim away the excess film. Optionally, you can seal the CA film with Mod Podge (see bracelet on far right). This is key if you want to add flat back crystals and other embellishments. You can also seal with Matte Mod Podge if you like the flat look better.

7. Because the openings in the bracelets can sometimes be wide, it’s good to add a closure like this ribbon. Not to mention it adds an extra touch of sass! I simply hot glued the ribbon to the inside and cut it so I could tie it in a loose knot. A bow also looks sweet. 

8. If you have a drill handy, you can drill holes in the stick before adding the image. Leather looks good with more rustic images. And just for fun, you can embellish the tops of the bracelets with ribbons and buttons if you like.

 

Add to cart SKU Product(s) Price Qty. Total
491946 Picture of Craft Sticks-Natural 4.5" 100/Pkg Craft Sticks-Natural 4.5" 100/Pkg $1.99 $1.99
043399 Picture of Jewelry Attitude 8.5"X11" Sheets 8/Pkg Jewelry Attitude 8.5"X11" Sheets 8/Pkg $16.99 $16.99
131003 Picture of Mod Podge Gloss Finish-16oz Mod Podge Gloss Finish-16oz $9.39 $9.39
153833 Picture of Leather Strip .5"X36"-Medium Brown Leather Strip .5"X36"-Medium Brown $4.99 $4.99
401567 Picture of Paint Brush Set 5/Pkg- Paint Brush Set 5/Pkg- $6.99 $6.99
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Candie Cooper
  • Candie Cooper
  • Hi, I’m Candie. I design jewelry and crafts, author books, teach classes and host television programs. I thrive on simple ideas that anyone can achieve. I also love projects made from unexpected materials that stand the test of time. Join me as I lead a creative life – check out my portfolio or blog below.

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1/12/2015 11:57 PM
nice idea
Materials
  • Craft Sticks-Natural 4.5" 100/Pkg
  • Jewelry Attitude 8.5"X11" Sheets 8/Pkg
  • Mod Podge Gloss Finish-16oz
  • Leather Strip .5"X36"-Medium Brown
  • Paint Brush Set 5/Pkg-
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