15 Of Our Favorite Popsicle Stick Crafts

In the arts and crafts hall of fame, the humble popsicle stick belongs on a pedestal right beside macaroni wheels, crazy scissors, and colored construction paper. Maybe you love crafting with popsicle sticks, or maybe you bought one giant box for a school project seven months ago and now you're stuck with 950 popsicle sticks, but no idea what to do! Trust us, we've been there and we're here to help. From balloon tennis and holiday decorations, to pirate rafts and homemade whack-a-mole machines, we've assembled an all-star list of our favorite popsicle stick projects that are great for kids of all ages!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Q-tip Bow & Arrow

    This miniature archery set couldn't be simpler. Plus you don't have to worry about shooting anyone's eye out!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Building Sticks
    Building Sticks

    (Ages 3-8)

    I often find myself in need of a quick activity that keeps the kids busy and entertained. Kids love building and creating, and building sticks are the perfect activity to help them get creative and stay quiet and mess free at the same time.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Planting Felt Flowers

    Plant this beautiful felt flower garden with your little ones!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Balloon Tennis
    Balloon Tennis

    (Ages 3-11)

    Balloon tennis is a great indoor alternative for when it's too cold to play outside. All you need to get started is a balloon, and a couple of tennis racquets made out of paper plates and popsicle sticks!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree

    With a few basics like popsicle sticks & sequins, this has been one of our favorite holiday crafts to do - very colorful and very easy!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Football
    Paper Football

    (Ages 5-8)

    Are you the type that would rather play football than sit down and watch it? Get creative and have fun playing with this miniature football game!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Whack-A-Groundhog

    Celebrate Groundhog Day with a DIY whack-a-mole toy!

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Mesmerizing Mathematics

    In this project, you’ll make your own bell curve by randomly dropping beads onto a special board. Get ready to visualize some statistics! Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Numbered Photo Puzzles

    These personalized puzzles were a big hit with my little artists! They had a great time picking out the perfect pictures and trying their little hands at decoupage. They even made for a great math review for my preschoolers working on their counting skills. I think Grandma and Grandpa will be receiving one of these in the mail soon!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Chinese Paper Dragon Puppet

    These Chinese paper dragons are quick-to-make and a ton of fun to decorate. Don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild! 

  • Visual aid of how to complete Log Cabin Pictures

    With President's day around the corner, we decided to do some crafts that reflect on presidents of old, like the log cabin Abraham Lincoln grew up in. It was a simple craft the kids loved.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Button Snowflake Ornaments

    Making homemade ornaments is such a big part of our Christmas tradition every year! The kids love looking at the tree and seeing something that they created themselves. I love this ornament because it's something that even my youngest kids can create with little assistance. Over the years, we have made so many ornaments that my kids now each have a small tree in their rooms for all their handmade creations! As always, please be careful when working with very small pieces and children who may still put things in their mouths.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Bugs
    Paper Bugs

    (Ages 3-4)

    These little bugs are super silly and so much fun to make!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Popsicle Stick Pirate Ship

    No pirate is complete without his or her boat. We decided to have some fun building popsicle stick boats so my little adventurer could discover the high seas in our neighborhood.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Frozen Banana Pops

    These banana pops make a great after-school snack, and are a perfect activity to do with a larger group of kids. What parent doesn't love a way to sneak in an extra fruit serving?


Get inspired!