Making a Popsicle stick bridge strong enough to hold books is a creative way to decorate your house, office or dormitory. Individual Popsicle sticks are thin and fragile and not strong enough for the weight of multiple books. The trick to building a firm bridge is to use a pattern that involves overlapping the Popsicle sticks. Once a strong base is created, position the bridge on top of a cabinet or desk for a full visual display.
Items you will need
- 5-inch-by-10-inch piece of shipping box cardboard
- Standard Popsicle sticks (72)
- Permanent epoxy
- Clean rag
- Straight-edge knife
- Bricks (2)
Lay a piece of 5-by-10-inch cardboard onto a table as a temporary work surface to protect the work space from being damaged by permanent glue.
Lather one long edge of a Popsicle stick with permanent epoxy. Place the stick flat onto the cardboard. Fit and press the long edge of a second Popsicle stick evenly against the tacky edge of the first stick. Hold the press for 30 seconds to secure the bond.
Wipe residual epoxy away from the sticks and cardboard with a clean rag.
Lather the opposite edge of the second Popsicle stick with permanent epoxy. Fit and press the long edge of a third Popsicle stick evenly against the tacky edge of the second stick. Hold the press for 30 seconds to secure the bond. Repeat steps three through four until the length of the bridge is 9 inches long. You now have a 4-1/2 inch-by-9 inch rectangular panel for the bridge. Steps two through four together will involve 24 total Popsicle sticks.
Turn the panel so one of the 4-1/2 inch sides is facing you. Measure up 1 inch from the bottom edge of the rectangle. Draw a horizontal line across the panel at the 1 inch mark. Spin the panel so the opposite 4-1/2 inch end is facing you. Measure up 1 inch from the bottom edge of the panel. Draw a horizontal line across the panel at the 1 inch mark.
Cut 1/2 inch off of a Popsicle stick with a straight-edge knife to make it 4 inches long. Lather one side of the-4 inch Popsicle stick with permanent epoxy. Fit and press the 4-inch stick so it is perpendicular and flush with the left edge of the panel and the bottom horizontal line. Repeat this step until two full rows of 4 inch sticks are adhered to create a second panel for the bridge. Step five and six together will involve 24 total Popsicle sticks.
Repeat steps two through four to create a third panel of sticks -- 24 more sticks in total. Discard the cardboard. The bridge is now complete. Repeat building overlapping panels as you see fit to continue adding strength to the bridge. Position one brick under the end of each bridge to begin stacking books.
Tips & Warnings
- The length of a standard Popsicle stick is 4-1/2 inches long.
- Shortening the second--or every other--panel will disperse the weight of the books and reduce pressure on the middle of the bridge.
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