Have an obscure fandom that you want to display proudly, but can’t find any cute merch? Why not make your own???
These recycled popsicle stick bracelets are wearable by anyone, and oh sooo easy!
Here’s how to do it!
- You’re going to need some popsicle sticks. You can purchase a bag of them at any craft store if popsicles aren’t really your jam.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Add your sticks to the boiling water and “cook” for 5 minutes. Make sure to boil MORE sticks than you need in case you have any issues with breaking or splintering later!
- After cooking, turn off the burner and cover the pot with a lid. Let the sticks sit in the hot water for 20 minutes.
- Once they are done soaking, you will be able to remove them from the pot and start “molding” them into the bent bangle/bracelet shape. If they give you too much resistance, you can repeat the boiling/soaking procedure again. I ended up having to do it twice.
- Once the sticks are pliable enough, you will use a cup or jar to hold the sticks into the bracelet shape.
- Let the bracelets dry completely. We had ours sitting overnight and they were ready in about 24 hours.
- After drying, you can use the entire stick to make a bangle, or cut it in half to make more of a bracelet (don’t forget to round the corners to match). I found the bracelet worked better, as my stick wasn’t quite bent enough to stay in the completely rounded shape. I think some trial and error would lead me to use a thinner cylinder shaped cup to dry the sticks, making the bangle smaller. But I was really happy with the bracelet version!
- Next you will need to drill 2 holes for the string of your bracelet. I used a small hand drill, but make sure you are VERY careful not to split the wood as you drill. It was precarious and I was very glad to have extra bracelets!
- Decorate your bracelet! I had these cute Baby Yoda stickers I got in my Christmas stocking, so I used those and a permanent marker to make my own adorable Mandalorian Merch! PRO TIP: I used a brown permanent marker to color the edge of my piece, giving a more finished look!
- Thread your bracelet string. I used some left over yarn from one of my knitting projects, but I think leather string would be really cute too! Whatever you use, having a yarn sewing needle makes the job a breeze! They are only around a dollar at the craft store, so its definitely a smart purchase. I use it for lots of different projects!
That’s it, you’re done! Pair your new bracelet with a couple other cute bangles and beaded bracelets for a fun Boho Chic look!
Did I mention my daughter had a blast making them too and that they would make such cute gifts??
Have fun creating, and fly that geek flag with pride!