Popsicles are a daily treat in our households during the Summer, so it only makes sense that we incorporate all our left over sticks into our summertime kids’ activities. There are so many fun and creative ways to use popsicle sticks, or craft sticks, that they are the perfect tool for any impromptu crafting activity. While we do use some of our kids’ left over popsicle sticks, you don’t have to stuff yourselves silly in order to have enough for an activity. Craft sticks are readily available in any color on Amazon or at any craft store.
Popsicle Stick Butterfly
Most of us fondly remember making godseyes at summer camp with two popsicle sticks and some yarn. Our kids aren’t quite old enough for that craft yet, so we came up wth a simpler version…a colorful butterfly!
- Popsicle sticks or craft sticks
- Yarn in various colors of your choice
- Pipe cleaners
- Large wooden beads (optional)
Start by making an “X” wth two popsicle sticks. Then tie a knot around the cross section of the two sticks. With the long end of yarn, start wrapping the yarn around the middle section of the two popsicle sticks, this will secure the sticks and make sure they don’t move around.
Using the long end of the yarn, and beginning on one side of the popsicle stick “x”, wrap the yarn around two popsicle sticks in a figure eight fashion.
We made our butterflies extra colorful by using two or three colors on each one. When your kiddo finishes with their first color, tie a knot with that color to one of the popsicle sticks. Using a new color, tie a knot to one of the popsicle sticks with the new color and wrap the yarn around the two sticks in the same figure eight fashion. When you’re finished with making the butterfly wings, tie off the yarn and cut the ends of any remaining bits of string.
Fold a pipe cleaner in half and place it around the center of the butterfly. Twist the bottom portion of the pipe cleaner below the butterfly a few times and then twist the top portion of the pipe cleaner to create the butterfly antennae. To create a head you can thread a large wooden bead through the pipe cleaners on top of the butterfly. Finally, wrap the antenna around your finger to create a curve in the antenna.
Our kids had so much fun making butterflies with popsicle sticks that we gathered together a few more fun crafts that we can’t wait to try!
Ashley + Hallman