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The DIYer

Do you remember as a kid gluing popsicle sticks to make a jewelry box or for other craft projects? This week we're going to explore another chapter in working with popsicle sticks (also called craft sticks).

Popsicle Stick Bending

Popsicle stick bending/shaping isn't just for kids making bracelets, it’s great for art projects and a great learning experience for DIYer’s. The method used in bending popsicle sticks is similar to how you would bend wood for larger projects (but on a smaller scale).

First thing to keep in mind is that all wood bending is, is warping the wood to conform to a desired shape. For beginners it is always better to work with softwoods like pine or in this case popsicle sticks.

You will first need a round container or glass with the desired roundness, a tupperware container larger than your popsicle sticks, small spring clamps, and don’t forget your popsicle sticks.

How to bend your sticks:

1- Put your sticks in the tupperware container.

2- Fill the container with water ‘til the sticks are submerged and put the lid on it.

3- Let the sticks soak for 24 hours.

4- One at a time, take your sticks out of the water and gently wrap them around (or shape them to the inside) of your round container, clamping each side to hold them in place.

Note: If the sticks are cracking when bending, place them back in the water and let them soak for another 12 to 24 hours.

5- Let the sticks dry on the container for 24 hours.

6- Gently remove the sticks from the round container.

7- Repeat the process for multiple bends.

Some of you may not see this as much of a challenge, but once you master the popsicle sticks and start experimenting with larger pieces of wood, you’ll see how this is a great learning step.

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