I’ve seen a few of these bracelets posted on Pinterest and they always get my attention because they look amazing and who would have thought of making a bracelet from a popsicle stick??!!

We decided to give it a go and so we tried a few methods of preparing the popsicle stick so it would bend without snapping.

We realised that the most effective method was to place the sticks (we used a few just in case some snapped, the success rate was about 80%) in a saucepan of boiling water for an hour to make them quite pliable.

You’ll need to keep topping up the water levels but they were quite soft after an hour at boiling point!

Use your imagination with the decorations, we used washi tape and beads but I’ve seen some great designs wrapping multiple coloured thread around the bands. Paint, crayons, stickers….whatever tickles your fancy really!


  • Popsicle sticks (we used the slightly wider ones, approximately 2cm wide)
  • Saucepan & water
  • Narrow glass (try use a glass similar size to the wrist it’s for)
  • Washi tape, thread, paint – whichever you choose, they all look fabulous
  • Hole punch (only if you want to add beads)
  • String
  • Beads


1. Place the popsicle sticks in a saucepan of boiling water and set the timer for an hour. Remember to keep checking that the water levels are kept up. This is absolutely a job for an adult as boiling water and kids is a big no no!

2. After the timer has gone off, test that the sticks are quite soft. Start to very gently bend them in a U shape but don’t force it or they will snap.

3. Once it resemles a U, gently place it inside a glass to set the shape.


4. Leave the sticks in the glass overnight in a dry/sunny position to set.Remove the sticks from the glass and use a hole punch to punch small holes in each end.

5. Decorate the bands with tape and finish off by threading some string and beads through the end holes to decorate.


A beautiful gift for mothers day that the kids will enjoy making and decorating!

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  • It is surprising what you can invent with popsicle sticks. Before craft ones were invented I was shown how to used thoroughly washed ones from Iceblocks. We glued some together and used as coasters for cold drinks put on the table. Old style laminex reacted to hot and cold. Until recently I had a laminex table from previous generations.


  • They are very inventive. I’m just wondering if maybe the boiling might make them a bit brittle and easily snapped when they cool down?


  • Really interesting creative article! Thanks for sharing this!


  • These bracelets are so colourful and creative, look so fun to make with kids too.


  • How cool will try these with my nieces.


  • These are awesome. My nieces will love making these this school holidays. Thanks for sharing.


  • this looks amazin im gunner have to give this a go


  • Wow what a cute craft idea!


  • this is a great idea! imagine having heaps of these ready to go at a kids party and they could decorate them and take them home or your child could decorate them and put them into a party bag


  • Thanks again for the idea; have been sharing it.


  • Thanks for sharing this bracelet; clever idea!


  • Adorable! My girls love bracelets! This will be perfect


  • One to try when stuck in the house with the kids one day


  • Haven’t seen this idea before – they look fabulous!


  • Wow! These are adorable! I love all these ‘Rainy Day’ craft ideas! :)


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