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Quick Craft: Craft Stick Bracelets

I’ve seen many versions of this on Pinterest and really had to have a go…. it seemed like the perfect quick and simple craft to try at home, summer camps, brownie groups and playdates. Molly has had plenty of little plastic and wooden bracelets since she was a smallie and never showed more than a fleeting interest in anything, other than the bracelets she has had a hand in making herself (papier mache bracelets)

popsicle-stick-bracelets-finishedHow to make craft stick bracelets

Materials needed: a handful of craft sticks, hot water and a glass.

First boil the kettle and soak the craft sticks in the hot water for 30mins or so. Pick out one and try bending gently to see if it’s pliable enough. If not leave them soak for a bit longer, emptying out the water and replacing with freshly boiled water.

Other tutorials I have read suggest soaking in cold water for 3 days min but I’ve tried it both ways and find that the craft sticks are much softer and less likely to split after soaking in hot water.


When soft enough it’s time to very gently mold the stick between your fingers into a curve, continue manipulating to expand the curve.

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Next gently ‘persuade’ the curved popsicle stick into a glass. I used a glass to achieve a children’s size bracelet.

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Leave the glass by an open window to dry. Mine were good to go after about 12hrs (overnight).

When dry ease them out of the glass and admire :)



Bracelet Decorating Options

The simplest option is wrapping the band with printed washi tape – this is by far Molly’s favourite finish. She gets her instant gratification that she likes so much :) and there’s no mess…. so no need to help mom clean up!


A very pretty option is to wrap with contrasting embroidery thread. Punch holes on both ends of the craft stick with a thumbtack (go gently so the stick doesn’t split) and thread through with embroidery thread, finished with beads, as a way of securing around the wrist.



And my favourite option…. cut narrow strips of masking tape and use to create patterns on the bracelet, then paint between the tape, let dry and peel off the tape to reveal your lovely pattern.









Molly has now decided to make the bracelets her ‘special drawing bracelets’…. let the drawing nuggets flow :)




39 Responses to “Quick Craft: Craft Stick Bracelets”

  1. Julie says:

    These are great! I love the set up of your blog…it’s so easy to follow with great pictures. I found you from my Google+ site…which I’m still figuring out:)

  2. imakehens says:

    Oh you and me both Julie, I’m interacting a bit there today for the first time in ages and getting lovely feedback and shares so G+ might just be winning me over :)

  3. Ann says:

    Not sure how I got here but love this idea – I did try it once before but failed to get my sticks to bend. The glass idea however makes me want to try again! Love your bangles!!

  4. How cool! Who knew?

  5. MardiRobyn says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I want to try these, they look like fun. I shared your tutorial on the jewelry making blog at Craft Gossip. :)

  6. Awesome idea, it’s so simple but so cool… love it!

  7. Brad says:

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  8. Sherrie says:

    Those look super fun! They totally remind me of slap bracelets.

  9. Ginger says:

    Love the thread wrapped version! And the thumbtack trick too.

    If you’d like, I’d love if you shared these at my Show & Tell party this week.

  10. Randi says:

    I made some of these for my daughter a couple months back. I will have to try the hot water technique because I did have problems with them and that was after soaking for about 3 days.

    I’d love if you linked up with us on Monday when our new weekly link up starts, it’s already closed this week!

    Thanks again for the great tutorial!

  11. imakehens says:

    Share away Ginger and thank you xx Once you include one photo only with a clear credit and link to view the complete tutorial on MollyMoo then I’m ‘very’ happy :D

  12. filc dekoracyjny says:

    What a cute bracelet! It’s great idea to it for kids :0 My daughter has seen it, and she said that she wants it too! THX for inspiration;)

  13. Leslie Hove says:

    not an arts and craft person so bear with me. Do projects with my grand daughters 9 & 10. this looks like something they could do. what is washi tape and where do I get it. Thanks for the idead

  14. imakehens says:

    Hi Leslie – Washi Tape is a decorative sticky tape that you can get in all good craft shops. Washi Tape would be one of the most well know brand names for it, another would be M Tape.
    Hope your grand daughters have ooodles of fun with it.
    Michelle xx

  15. Damien says:

    Its a cute bracelet!. I found your Blog from Google+…

  16. Cassi says:

    Such wonderful ideas for variations! I’ll be featuring this soon on The Crafty Crow :)

  17. imakehens says:

    oh so great Cassi, my heartfelt thanks. Michelle :)

  18. Cynthia Turner says:

    These are wonderful! I can’t wait to do them with my granddaughter! Thank you for sharing the idea!

  19. sagana says:

    so simple n nice :-)

  20. Sam Scott says:

    What a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  21. marsya says:

    your blog is awesome!
    how cool is that.

  22. Nancy says:

    How well do the bracelets last? Is there any chance of them breaking?

  23. Kate says:

    This is a lovely idea! I was wondering how durable these are though? I’m planning to do this as a craft for a group of kids and I don’t want them to break easily

  24. Michelle says:

    The only thing you have to be careful of Nancy is the craft sticks splitting during the bending process. The bracelets are very strong but they are only craft sticks after all so if someone was rough with them, or stands on them, they will break.

  25. Michelle says:

    The bracelets are very strong Kate but they are only craft sticks after all so if someone is rough with them they will break.

  26. Beverley says:

    Very clever craft sure to make some

  27. Kathy Hillman says:

    I use the thumbtack to for the holes on each end. The craft stick split though. How can I prevent it from splitting??

  28. Nina says:

    Wow really nice share thanks.
    I love this

  29. Lili says:

    Wow! I love it! I would never have come in life to something!

  30. Jason Lee says:

    My wife and I run a small childcare service and preschool from our home in northern Indiana and we are always looking for ideas that are both affordable and creative. I have been watching your blog for sometime and I must admit you have impressed me. I have a background in construction so many of my ideas involve me using power tools and then the kids doing the final decorations. I love the simplicity and beauty of your ideas. Your bracelet idea is perfect for us and these little angels are so excited about it! Please keep sharing because there is a small group of fans here that love ya to pieces! Thanks again.

  31. Michelle says:

    I am SO delighted and humbled by your message Jason. I cannot thank you and your little angels enough
    Michelle xx

  32. Linda says:

    These are so cute, never thought about being able to bend the sticks. But I wondered, are these the regular little popsicle/craft sticks. The pictures make them look wider and thinner than popsicle sticks and wondered if they would be more like tongue depressor type sticks?

  33. Michelle says:

    You can get two different widths of craft sticks Linda, wide and narrow, I just used the wide ones. xx

  34. Linda says:

    Thanks! I’d only seen and used the narrow ones. I’m going to craft store this week, so I’ll check them out. I can’t wait to try these.

  35. Nicole says:

    What kind of paint do you use? And how do you secure the ends of the embroidery thread. So cute and I would love to make them with my daughter’s girl scout troop tomorrow! Thanks!

  36. Michelle says:

    Hi Nicole I use acrylic paint and I use a dot of glue to secure the ends of the thread.
    Michelle xx

  37. Birgit says:

    We just finished our bracelets and love them :-) Thank you very much for the idea! We used washitape for decoration, since the kids recently are very much into it ;-) I figured out, that the bracelets keep their shape better if dried in the oven at 70°C for two hours.

  38. Jennifer says:

    Are there printable directions anywhere?

  39. Michelle says:

    You can print the page jennifer, I don’t have a specific tutorial print plugin xx

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