I am willing to bet you at least $5 that the first craft you ever made was using Popsicle sticks. Today I want to share with you a really cool upgrade to popsicle stick crafts - one that I think is resourceful and also great for a crafty room. It pays homage to our paper and paste days of crafting. When we were young, free, and glued colored macaroni to various object. This project upgrades the traditional popsicle stick to something a bit more classy.
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I present to you the popsicle stick hexagon shelf project! I had a blast making this and it whipped up super quick. This is perfect decor for a craft room - in my opinion!
supplies :: various popsicle sticks - I used 90 (3 total packs) of Super Jumbo Popsicle Sticks for the larger hexagon & 75 - 150 (1-2 packs) Jumbo Popsicle Sticks for each of the smaller hexagons, adhesive - E6000 is stronger but hot glue is faster (I used hot glue for this), painter's tape, spray paint of your choice (I used a rose gold paint), optional hexagon template, nails & hammer
To easily make an even hexagon I suggest starting off with a template. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out an 11 inch wide hexagon from some unused scrapbook paper. I love my Cricut Explore for paper crafting - I love that if I have an idea I can whip it up in a matter of seconds. This is a simple shape for the Cricut but it would take me forever to come up with the correct shape. (If you haven't thought about a digital die cutting machine - I suggest the Cricut for all your paper crafting needs).
Lay out your popsicle sticks along the edges of the hexagon template. Adhere them together - in this case with hot glue - so that you are able to stack them against each other in a Licoln Log style. You should have three popsicle sticks on the 'bottom' and the other three layered on the the 'top'. This way you can alternate where the sticks are placed to get a 'woven' type of pattern. So in the picture above the last popsicle stick is glued right on top of the the ends of the two beside it. Continue gluing the sticks in this manner until you get the depth you'd like. Repeat for as many little shelves as you like - odd numbers always look best, so I went with 3.
Using painter's tape, mask off where you want to paint your mini shelves. It may help to arrange them on a table in the manner they will be on the wall to visualize where to paint. Be sure to tape the inside as well so that you don't get spray paint in places you don't want it.
I also found it helpful to use a pencil to mark the up position so I'd know how I was hanging these once they were dry. When they are dry, remove the painters tape and hang with two nails on either side of one side of the hexagon.
These shelves aren't going to be the strongest things in the world, but for little knick knacks I think these shelves are perfect. Every time I look at them I have a little chuckle - I think they look super neat, but they are totally made out of a kids craft supply!!
Do you have any memories of crafting as a kid? What is your earliest one?