Monday, June 6, 2011

Super Cute Bracelets!!!






---Update---12/3/2011--- This post has been pinned like crazy on Pinterest and because of that a lot of readers have tried these out and have had a lot of questions. So I wanted to answer them as best as possible.
--- I felt like soaking was better than boiling but some sticks may take longer to soak then others. The shorter, thinner ones are going to be harder to bend so just work them gently, re-soak and repeat.
--- You will break some. Plus I think some batches of sticks from the manufacturers break easier then others.
--- Be sure to let them dry completely! If you don't they will expand. Also, the modge Podge or paint that you use will make them expand a bit too. I reccomend putting them in a smaller diameter cup than you need so that when they expand they won't be to big.
--- I bend them into the cup as gently as possible and then press with my fingers to mold it into the shape of the cup. If you have just few splinters it will still work. After letting it dry just sand down the splinters.
--- Last of all, be patient and have fun!!! Use your imagination! The possibilities are endless!
Thank you so much for reading! XOXO

Good afternoon! All 3 of my kids are sleeping right now so its an even better afternoon than usual! I thought I had better hurry and sneak downstairs and let you all know how I made these super cute bracelets before any of them woke up!! I was browsing blogs last week and Someday Crafts featured another blog called Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom who had made some bracelets from Popsicle sticks. Yep that's right Popsicle sticks!!! Who knew you could make something super cute out of something so simple!! To start out I bought some craft sticks from Hobby Lobby that were 8 inches long and a wavy shape. I wanted to spice them up a bit! Next I tried 2 different techniques to soften the wood. First I soaked them in water for about 3 hours to make them pliable. The second time I boiled them in hot water for about 15 minutes. Boiling them was faster but I found that it darkened the wood and seemed to make them more brittle. So, I will stick with soaking them for a few hours. Next carefully bend them into the inside of a cup. I used a cup that had about a 2 1/4 inch diameter. You will break some! Its just the nature of this project so plan accordingly. After letting them dry for about 24 hours I pulled them out of the cup and took some scrap paper that I had cut to fit and modge podged it onto the wood. Next, sand the edges so they are all flush and then coat with modge podge. I let this coat dry really well and then applied another coat on the outside and a coat on the inside. You just have to let it dry completely and its done!! I am extra excited about these because I can actually wear them! I am allergic to metal so I don't get to wear much jewelry or I get an ugly rash. Use your imagination and decorate them anyway you would like! I hope you enjoy! I also wanted to let you all know that I am fiddling around with the idea of opening an Etsy Shop and selling a few of my favorite creations. What do you all think? Should I do it? I may also redesign my blog soon as well, so if you come by and it looks a little funky wait a few days and come back. Hopefully then it will be done! XOXO
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91 comments:

  1. Never would have thought those were popsicle sticks! Great idea!

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  2. I love that you used wavy sticks.

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  3. Thank you!! I just couldn't believe how easy they were!! Thank you for reading!!

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  4. these are super cute and look very doable! Great job! Thanks for sharing! I love making new blog friends and I found your blog through a link party and I LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  5. These look great, Tara! Can't believe they're from popsicle sticks--that makes them even cooler! I wonder if we could make a simplified version with the kids...might make a great summer activity. :)

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  6. Cute! Come and join our link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  7. so cool!

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  8. Awesome job! I think they came out great! With your permission, I'd love to feature these on my "Features and Thank you's" post at the end of the month!

    suzy
    http://www.suzyssitcom.com

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  9. I would love that Suzy! I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the idea!!!!

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  10. Hello, I am from Costa Rica. I love your creation, but I can´t understand what is modge podge ? .

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    1. Its just like glue, but dries clear!

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  11. Sandra,
    Mode Podge is a type of glue that you can buy from most craft stores. It dries clear and smooth so it is wonderful for lots of projects!

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  12. I'm using this idea for a visual aid for my project on Africa! THANK YOU!!!!:)

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  13. just saw these on pinterest and love them...thanks for sharing

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  14. I am addicted to these, instead of using glass I use 1 1/2 PVC pipe. It makes the bracelets smaller, so when I paint them with acrylic paint they do not expand much. Love them!

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  15. Hi All

    It's MODPodge and is almost always mispronounced. Easier perhaps to find under this name.

    Love the bracelets! Going to try with some metallic paper and lace overlay.

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  16. Have you found a way to keep them from expanding? Mine keep opening up too much and fall off my wrist. Should you seal the wood before adding the paper

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  17. I haven't been able to get mine to curl enough to stay around my wrist. Any thoughts?

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  18. No theey will always expand a bit but the smaller the cup you use the better. Also be sure to let each coat of mod Podge dry before applying another. That way the sticks don't get super saturated. Jen, I just kept gently working them then I would soak them a little bit more and work them some more. Some batches of sticks are easier to bend than others too. I'm so glad everyone has had so much fun with these! Thank you!

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  19. Found this by repinning on Pinterest. I have sticks soaking in water right now. I'll post my results on http://pinreality.blogspot.com Great idea! The kids are really excited about this project.

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  20. I tried this yesterday but only let them dry for a few hours and after I modpodged it, they started flattening out again. Any suggestions?

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  21. Jennifer, I always let them dry over night and even put them in a warm oven still inside the cup for a few minutes just to make sure they are completely dry. I think making sure they are completely dry is the trick. Also, make sure each coat of modpodge is dry before you start another so that the stick isn't completely saturated. Hope that helps!

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  22. Love the idea...will be pinning this for a future fun project. Will be saving those tongue depressors the sales reps give out, lol!

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  23. Hello Tara,

    I'm sorry, but I don't know what modgepodge is and I'm wondering how you apply the printed paper.
    Thanks,

    Patricia

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    1. You can make your own modpodge by mixing one part elmers glue and one part water, mix it well, I keep mine in a baby food jar and shake it really good

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  24. No worries Patricia! Mod Podge is a type of glue that you can get at craft stores. It dries clear so it makes a great top coat as well!

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  25. sooooooo cute!!!! MUST TRY!!! :)

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  26. I love these! I am definitely going to try them! I'm a beginner at this stuff. I found these on pinterest and starting following you on FB for more great ideas. Just wondering ...Do the bracelets hold up well or do they break easy?

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  27. They actually hold up pretty well! Of course if you bend them to much they will snap but the mod Podge protects them pretty well!

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  28. Thanks! I actually tried this today. Like I said, I'm a beginner. I promise I'll stop asking questions after this :) But when I put the soaked sticks in a glass, they bend fine into place, but then they pop out of the glass when I let go. Is there a secret to getting them to stay or maybe its the shape of my glass? Thanks again for the great idea! I know I'll figure it out soon enough. Hope your daughter is feeling better!!

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  29. Thank you DAL! Karissa is feeling much better! Try to use a cup that is the same diameter all the way down. I also push them to the very bottom. I hope that helps!

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  30. My 3 year old daughter loved to do this! We're making them for Christmas presents for the girls in the family...

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  31. well i cant get mine to shape properly? what am i doing wrong??? soaked them for 3 hours and still its not pliable....

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  32. Brilliant idea. I think you are very creative
    thank you for sharing.

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  33. I made these during Thanksgiving break with my grandaughters. A fun idea, but I had such a hard time bending the sticks after they soaked. I soaked them overnight and they still didn't want to bend, most of them broke. What am I doing wrong. I used the wavy sticks from Hobby Lobby. Terri

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  34. I just finished making some of these and posted a link to your blog on my post about my success with them. Thanks for the fun idea!

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  35. It's a snow day here, so my boys and I are going to try this today as a birthday gift for their big sister. FYI, there are several homemade recipes for Mod Podge on Pinterest.

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  36. this is such a creative idea and cute also thank you so much for sharing your talent.

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  37. What length were the wooden sticks for your adult wrist? and what size what the glass cup?

    We tried standard popsicle sticks on our first run... too short, and the tiniest cup we had was plastic so I'm not sure they will harden properly.

    On the second run I will try to harden them in the oven like you mentioned. Your's are so pretty I can't give up!

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  38. how do u make the designs???? like is that paper or something/?? or are u just that good at making designs with paint and stuff???? lol i need to figure that part out before i attempt this!

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    1. I wish I could paint that well!! These are made with paper mod podged on them.

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  39. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I found your blog via Pinterest & I featured your pin & my own popsicle stick bracelets on my blog here::: http://www.pinfluence.com/2012/02/22/popsicle-stick-bracelets/

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  40. Where did you find the cute wavy popsicle sticks? I can only find the standard ones?

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  41. Very amazing Tara, it' simple, nice for a gift..

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  42. I made these for Children. I bent the larger size ( Boiled and let soak until they were bendable. I placed them in a dixie cup and folded the cup around it so it wouldn't expand forgot it for a few day's.

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  43. Hello ! What a super craft project. I will truly love to give these a try. I have a question for you,how do I join your newsletter??I was searching for a link but must have missed it. Hope to hear from you soon,I don't want to miss anything! Thanks ~ Holly

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    1. Thank you!! They are very fun to make!! If you would like to become a follower there is a button on the right hand side about 3/4 of the way down that says "join this site". Click there and enter your info. You can also become a fan of the Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook icon at the top right!

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  44. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/popsicle-bracelet-cuffs/


    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  45. What a brilliant idea! I'm also allergic to most metals, so I just don't bother with jewelery. I'm also thinking that this might be a FABULOUS fund-raising craft for our high school kids to sell at lunch time. What fun!

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  46. Love this idea! All of your projects are great. Thanks for sharing!!

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  47. Love these - so many possibilities - did you cut the paper before you applied it - if so did you measure it from a flat stick or did you apply and trim?

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    1. I did cut the paper before I applied it. I traced around one of the flattened sticks then glued it on with the Mod Podge. After its dry trim any excess off and sand edges until smooth. Thanks for reading!!

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  48. Gaylyn ShoemakerJuly 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    There are boy and girl shaped sticks at JoAnns. I bet they would make adorable bracelets! Thanks for the idea!

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  49. Gaylyn ShoemakerJuly 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    There are boy and girl shaped sticks at some JoAnns. I think they would make adorable bracelets! Thanks for the idea!

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  50. I found your awesome blog while searching on pinterest for some 'grown up' type popsicle stick crafts. These bracelets are awesome!

    I would love to include a link to this project in a "Popsicle Stick Crafts - Not Just for Kids" craft roundup article I'm writing (for squidoo SoCrafty online magazine). Would it be possible to use the photo of the finished project in the article? The photo will be linked to your post with a photo credit line, as well as a link in a short blurb I write about the project.

    Thanks so much!

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    1. Yes I would love for you to use this project in your collection! Any picture you need just go ahead. Thanks so much!

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    2. Thank you so much, Tara! The article is here: http://www.squidoo.com/upcycling-popsicle-stick-crafts-not-just-for-kids

      I hope it brings you some extra traffic :) Keep up the great posts!

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  51. I dont understand yet how you curve the sticks... what is "soak"?
    I'm from Brasil. Thanks.

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    1. Soak means to let the sticks sit in water. Having them completely wet makes them able to curve.

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  52. Hello,

    I'm writing from Germany. Could you please let me know the size of the popsicle sticks you used? Over here you can find all kind of sizes, also those used in a doctor's examination. It would be great if you could help me in this matter
    Ruth

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  53. I just revisited my pin of this project. Thanks! I'll be making some for Christmas gifts : )

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  54. http://www.cafemom.com/group/113532/forums/read/15184760/Popsicle_Stick_Bracelets

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  55. Thank you for all this great info...I am going to attempt to make these soon. What kind of paper did you use? Just any print I like then cut & apply modpoge? Do I measure it on the flat stick but then apply on the rounded right?

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    1. I just used regular scrapbook paper. And yes, trace around the stick when it's flat and then apply with a thin coat od Modge Podge after it is curved and dry. Thanks for checking it out!

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  56. I'm going to try these to make personalized napkin rings for my family!

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    1. Such a good idea! I would try using shorter sticks and a smaller cup to make them a bit tighter. Also, a reader gave me a tip, use a bit of liquid fabric softener in the water that they soak in. It's supposed to help the sticks bend better. Good luck! Let me know how they turn out!

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  57. Do you apply the modpodge after the bracelets have dried?

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    1. Yes, after they have dried completely. Also just use thin layers and let them dry before each new coat because If the stick gets too saturated it will cause it to open up.

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  58. Thank you. I'm going to make a speech of the process of creating these. Also gives me time to spend with my niece.

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  59. Do you paint with color after the modpodge has dried?

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    1. I actually didn't paint these at all. It's just craft paper Modge podged on and then a thin layer of Modge Podge on top to seal. If you would like to paint them do it right after the sticks have dried and you have taken them out of the cup. Then apply a layer of Modge Podge to seal. Good luck with the speech!!!

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    2. Thak you for showing this. Love them. I have two granddaughters ld like to make for them.

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  60. Thanks so much for sharing!! This would be a great idea to do with my almost 3 year old!! Love it!! You should definitely try the etsy shop. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Have a wonderful day!!

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  61. Good to read this. I never ever find this kind of beautiful and easy crafting. I like it very much. I was searching party wristbands its great place very i find quality and cheap wristbands. Click here www.uswristbands.com

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  62. What a cute idea. thanks for posting it. I am an oil paint artist. I am soaking some sticks now and I intend on painting mini landscape paintings on the bracelets rather than using the paper. I'll be sure to let you know how they all turn out :)

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  63. Thanks for this great idea. We are trying this out as a teen program at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library and some of our branches. I do have 2 questions for you though. I am having trouble making these. When I tried to bend the 8" wavy craft sticks, I was only able to get 1 out of 8 to bend enough to fit into a 2 1/4" cup. But when I did get it into the cup, the ends overlapped which isn't what it shows in your picture. Can this be right? When I took it out of the cup, the craft stick did not expand at all. Also, since I haven't been able to create a sample of this craft (I will keep trying; our programs are in April.), I was hoping that we could use the picture you have on your blog of the finished bracelets on our print publicity in our libraries. Please feel free to email me through the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library's TeenZone web site (see about us). Thanks so much for the great idea and hopefully the tips on how to make it work, too.

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    1. Oh good luck! I hope you can get them to work! Your sticks might be a little longer but if they aren't you can try using a larger diameter cup. Also, a reader gave me the tip of using a bit of fabric softener in the water that you soak them. She said it would help them bend easier. If your sticks are completely dry they won't expand but as soon as you use Modge Podge, or paint they will probably expand a little. If you would like to use the picture go right ahead. You have my permission!

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  64. What a very creative popsicle project! Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids! I loved the details of this bracelets. We also did a Popsicle chain reaction activity out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Popsicle Chain Reaction

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  65. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I'm quite sure I will learn a lot of new stuff right here!

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  66. Hi there! I love these bracelets :) I was thinking of designing my own, as in soaking/boiling plain popsicle sticks then perhaps using sharpies and puffy paint and lots of different things. Question though - should I put a coat of modge podge on before I decorate as well as after? I was for sure going to do after so I can make the bracelets waterproof. Thanks!

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  67. Just wanted to say thanks for the fun craft idea! There are so many good ideas and possibilities here it was fun to read. And I see that I'm only 2 years after your post! ;) I'm going to try this with my 7 year old this month. Thanks again!

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  68. ok i don't know what i did wrong but when i tried this, the sticks never did become mailable enough to curve them :( How long do you need to soak them? and is it just in water or do you add anything to it? I ended up having mine soaking for 4 days and they still would not bend!

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  69. I have an addiction of shopping. I want to buy Kate Spade necklace for a party. I am sure it will look great with my dress. Thanks for sharing this technique. I will definitely try to make one for my best friend.

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