A Popsicle Sled Craft

by Ruth O'Neil

Popsicle sticks are readily available and inexpensive to use in craft making. During the winter months, your kids can make sled ornaments using Popsicle sticks. The sleds can be used as decorations to set on tabletops or as ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree. By painting the sleds, your kids can make personalized decorations or toys to play with.

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Supplies

Gather your supplies, many of which you probably already have lying around the house. You need Popsicle sticks, white glue, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, felt and ribbon. Make sure to have plenty of supplies to go around. Have extra paintbrushes as you can use some for glue and some for the actual painting. Use ribbon that is no wider than 1 inch for best results.

Assembly

Arrange five of the craft sticks flat on a protected work surface. Position one Popsicle stick in the middle with two on either side. Place the top edges of these two sticks just a little lower than the middle stick. Set the next two sticks on the outside edges of the last two sticks, a little lower down. Use a pencil to draw a line on one stick where the top of the next Popsicle stick will be. This is helpful for when you move the sticks in order to glue them together.

Gluing

Once you have the sticks arranged the way you want them, begin gluing them together. Pick up one stick and brush some glue along the edge. You want a decent amount of glue, but not so much that it drips. Hold the sticks in place for a minute to help the glue adhere. Try to keep the glue off your fingers while working. Continue gluing all the pieces of the sled together in the same manner. To hold the entire sled together, glue the two remaining Popsicle sticks across the upper part of the sled. Glue one stick to the front and one to the back to form the sled handle. Trim the sticks so that they extend on either end of the sled about 1/2 inch.

Painting

Adults or children can paint the sleds any color they want. Paint the front and the back of the sled, making sure to get into all the cracks of the sled. If you prefer, you can paint the sticks beforehand, allow them to dry and then arrange and glue them together. Be creative in your painting. Paint the sled the way a sled should look, using brown or red paint and a metallic paint for the handle. You could also paint your sled in decorative colors. Colored Popsicle sticks are also available if you do not want to paint at all.

Finishing

Finish your craft stick sled by tying a ribbon around the crossbar. Cut an 8-inch length of ribbon. Tie one end to each side of the cross bar. Add other decorations, if desired, by gluing on shapes cut out of felt, such as holly leaves.

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