Top Ten Popsicle Stick Crafts

Camp crafts usually consist of leather, pine cones and POPSICLE STICKS. I think the more politically correct term is craft sticks. Or if you are medical, you might call them tongue depressors. I just think they are fun and easy!

So, here are my Favorite Camp Crafts from Popsicle Sticks!

1. Picture Frame

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I love this one from 3d at home. It’s actually a 3d rendering of the craft. But he includes a pdf tutorial! I love the layering and the little stand. You could use colored sticks, plain sticks, decorate it or paint it. It would be cute no matter what you do to it!

2. Flowers

popsicle stick craft

These could easily be stars, too! Just think if they were painted yellow with a little glitter on top!

3. Snowflakes

popsicle stick ornament

I know this isn’t very campy–it fact, it’s the opposite of camp. But it’s just so pretty! It is just beautiful when decorated with buttons and puffballs like this one from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

4. Photo Puzzle

father's day craft

What can I say? I love this thing. You could do a photo from camp, a memory verse or even a logo of camp!

5. Chinese Stars

My husband introduced me to this amazing one  but super cool BOY-FRIENDLY popsicle stick craft. Here’s a mini-tutorial for you…

a. three sticks with the middle one on top.


b. fourth stick in the “letter A” position. make sure its ends are underneath the two outside sticks.


c. fifth stick on in the “bottom of triangle” position. make sure its ends are holding down the outside sticks.


Then you throw it up against the wall and let it break apart!
chinese stars

Isn’t that fun?! I’m so proud of my husband for contributing a tutorial to this blog!

6. Spool Knitting

knitting knobbie

I had a “knitting knobbie” at my first year of camp. It was a big memory maker for me. So, this tutorial to make your own knitting spool?! Oh my goodness.  I LOVE THIS.

7. Tic Tac Toe

craft stick

Lydia made this one up on her own. No joke. Just glue some popsicle sticks in the shape of a tic tac toe board. Then take it with you wherever you go and you’ve got instant tic tac toe. You could use rocks, m&m’s, sugar packets or erasers as markers. How cute is that?

8. Coaster

craft stick coaster

This is not rocket science but for some reason this coaster from No Time For Flash Cards adorable to me! And if you turned it on it’s side, added a string loop to the top, it could be a banner, a doorknob hanger or a hanging picture frame, too!

9. Necklace

camp crafts

I made these friendship necklaces at camp one year. I love them!

10. Puppets

Picnik collage

You know I love a good puppet. Here’s the links to the ones above: NorthStar Stick Puppets, Butterfly Puppet (this would be cute with all the leftover craft foam pieces I have…you could make tons of bugs, animals, fish, etc!) and Pirate Puppets (the coolest part of this is the arms, check out the 2 step tutorial on that!).

What’s your best popsicle stick craft? If you have one on your blog please leave a link in the comments! We’d love to see!

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  1. Ooo really love the photo puzzle. I will be saving that to do as soon as mine is big enough!

  2. I am so doing some of these with my kids tomorrow!
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  3. The Great American Popsicle Stick! How vast it’s possibilities…:)
    .-= Janna @ The Adventure of Motherhood´s last blog ..Three Classic Toys That You Already Have: A Ball, A Book and A Blanket =-.

  4. These are all wonderful!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Parachute play in preschool =-.

  5. my boys would love that chinese star one – I love ALL of them!

  6. Wow I love these! So much that I am headed to the craft store to pick up popcicle sticks, buttons and puffs, and we are gonna make some snowflake Xmas tree ornaments this week!
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  7. WOW I LOVE THESE! What fun! I want to host a summer camp now just so I can do popsicle stick crafts! I have a big box of popsicle sticks that need a new purpose…I’m so bookmarking this page. My favorite is the necklace I think. Thanks IYK!
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  8. Such terrific ideas! Thank you!

    Take care,

  9. What a great list! I’m going to go buy some popsicle sticks – my kids will love these ideas! i especially like the photo puzzle one.

  10. What a great group of craft ideas. I will definitely be tucking some of these away for later. You can make cool windspinners out of popsicle sticks too.
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  11. Really great ideas! They’re going on the summer craft list! Thanks!!

    I have 2 craft stick posts on my blog (similar to your photo puzzle).

  12. OK I love these!! And being my un-crafty self, that is saying a lot. The puzzle one is really cool, and I completely forgot about the knitting thing (blocked out any crafty childhood memories).
    .-= Jen @ BigBinder´s last blog ..Top Ten Things I Might Actually Do With My Kids This Summer =-.

  13. Great ideas! I used to make craft stick puzzles with words and pictures on them to help encourage my kids to read and spell. They loved them!
    .-= Lynnet Hardwick´s last blog ..A little love story =-.

  14. What great ideas, I LOVE the popsicle stick puzzle, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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