Popsicle stick craft idea for tweens – make a bracelet

Make a popsicle stick craft that is suitable for tweens and teens.  This type of craft is perfect for summer gatherings, day camps and VBS.  You can also use scraps of pattern paper and random buttons making the craft very affordable too.  If you are doing it as a short activity you will need to boil the popsicle sticks  and allow them to dry ahead of time.  It does take the wood craft sticks some time to dry out, especially if it is humid.  If you are in a rush you can place the glasses on a tray and dry in an oven on a low temperature. If you have plenty of time you can set them out in the sun to dry.

I am loving all the adorable versions of this throw back popsicle craft from my childhood I am seeing all the web these days. When I found my stash of  buttons last week, I knew I had to give this old craft a new try to incorporate these adorable buttons. The concept is rather simple. Wood can be manipulated when soaked in water since it tears down the wood fibers. So, grab some jumbo craft sticks and let’s get started.popsicle stick craft ideas for teens and tweensThe content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Supplies needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:

Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, Insert the craft sticks and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Put a few more in the water than you will think you need. I broke a few not being patient while trying to bend them.
  2. Once the sticks are soaked. Grab some proper sized glasses or plastic cups and patiently work them into the glass. Work slowly if you don’t want to end up with a lot of broken sticks like I did. It takes a little patience to get the hang of it.
  3. These have to set up for 24 hours to completely dry. While they are drying, go ahead and grab some acrylic paints and pattern papers to coordinate with the buttons. I used acrylic paint and some older random simple printed patterned papers.
  4. Here is another step you can do while waiting for the sticks to set up, On the wrong side of the patterned paper, use a pencil and a jumbo craft stick to trace it. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the paper.
  5. Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
  6. Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
  7. Use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge and a foam brush to apply the papers to the front of the bracelets. Allow the medium to dry and gently sand the edges of the papers even with the wood. Now comes the fun part! Glue some rhinestones in the center of the stitched buttons using a tacky glue like or hot glue gun.
  8. Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
  9. My bracelet’s didn’t turn out as snug as I wanted them to be, so I used some chain and jump rings to pull them a little closer in. I can still fit them over my hand without using a closure such as a lobster clasp but that still be another option. Learning from this, make sure you use a glass or cup that is slim enough if you want to skip this step!


Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. As always you can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.

kids crafts and activities from Life Sew Savory Summer fun series

365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.

Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids

Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!

Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!

Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!

Winter peppermint jewelry DIY – A 15 minute craft.

Make easy DIY earrings in less than 15 minutes. winter themed peppermint jewelry for christmas. Learn how to wrap earring wires in easy steps. tutorial provided

Peppermint Jewelry is a fun DIY gift you can give.  Peppermint says Winter jewelry to me.  I love candy themed Christmas trees so candy themed jewelry is pretty cool too.  This project is part of Craft Lightning and we love participating in the event because it always makes us design faster and more efficient.  It took me 15 minutes to design and make both earrings.  I also made a necklace too which I will share tomorrow.  One of the things I love most about making my own jewelry is that when I buy the supplies to make a set for me I usually make an extra set to have in my gift closet.  I am rarely without a hand-made gift.  The peppermints would make great drink charms too.  I am pretty frugal and do not like to let anything go to waste or just sit. I happen to order all my supplies from Oriental Trading Company since I am a blogger for them.  They have really become my go to for supplies.

Supplies needed for Peppermint Jewelry:


How to make Peppermint Jewelry:

If you follow the pictorial above you will see that it is really simple to make the earrings.

  1. Start by sliding the beads on the head pin in the order you like.
  2. Bend the headpin wire over to a 90 degree angle.
  3. Form a loop around the pliers.
  4. Wrap the excess wire around the bottom of the loop.
  5. Open the earring wire by pushing one side of the loop down and one side up.
  6. Insert the beaded headpin with loop.
  7. Close the wire and repeat for other side.
  8. BAM!  That easy to make your own earrings.

Make sure you visit all the other blogs and see their great and super quick ideas. You will be ready for gift giving in no time at all.

Wine cork necklace

wine cork necklace
Show off the cork from your favorite adult beverage.  Use a recycled wine cork or two, and craft supplies you might have on hand to create this charming, vintage-inspired necklace. Not only are you using recycled materials to make this fun necklace you can personalize it to your taste by adding different color crystals. Handmade jewelry is fun to wear because it is unique.

Materials and tools for wine cork necklace:

  • Flat wooden circle, 1-1/2”
  • Recycled wine corks, two
  • Reclaimed jewelry chain with three clasps at center
  • Silver jump rings, 10mm, four
  • Beadalon Stainless Steel Memory Wire, 32-gauge
  • Flat-backed crystals: 4mm, one package; 6mm, two
  • Vintage book page
  • Stamps: script background, small butterfly
  • Circle punch, 3/8”
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Hand saw and cutting surface
  • Hand drill
  • Jacquard Products Paints: Neopaque Brown, White; Lumiere Pearlescent Blue
  • Ink pads: black pigment, green chalk
  • Beacon Adhesives Adhesives: Liquid Laminate, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesives
  • foam brush, paintbrush, sponge dauber, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions to make a wine cork necklace:

  1. Working on protected surface, use hand saw to cut three 1/4”-thick discs from one cork. Cut remaining cork in half lengthwise; set aside one half for future project.
  2. Paint one disc Pearlescent Blue and wooden circle Brown; let dry.
  3. Use black pigment ink and script stamp to stamp two remaining cork discs. Ink edges of all cork discs and cork half with green chalk ink. Stamp butterfly in center of blue disc. Let all pieces dry.
  4. Use hand drill to drill holes in two script discs and at top and bottom of wooden circle. Drill hole in top of cork half.
  5. Punch circle from vintage book page. Use Liquid Laminate and foam brush to découpage paper to center of wooden circle; let dry. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere blue disc to center of wooden circle.
  6. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere crystals to edge of blue disc, to centers of script discs, and to cork half in curving pattern as shown. Let dry.
  7. Cut 2” length from Memory Wire coil. Bend wire in half, dot ends with Gem-Tac Adhesive, and insert into hole in top of cork half. Let dry.
  8. Use chain-nose pliers to open four jump rings. Insert open ends through four drilled holes in cork discs and wooden circle.
  9. Join discs and wooden circle to chain as shown; close jump rings using round-nose pliers. Join cork half to bottom of wooden circle; close jump ring.
    wine cork necklace


easy shamrock hair clip

shamrock hair clip with olyfun beautyMake an easy shamrock hair clip using Olyfun and Stickles.  If you can draw a heart you can make this project.  Yes, you can draw a heart and it is okay if it turns out a little wonky.  It is handmade after all.  Plus, in all likelihood your child will be wearing it and they really don’t notice if things are not perfect. Also you could make this a pin to wear on clothes or a backpack.

Oly*Fun is available by the 12×12 sheet in the general craft isle at most big box stores.  You can find it on the bolt in the fabric section.   You can use any fabric glue for Oly*Fun.  I like to use the Cool Tool Glue gun.  It is low temp and does not burn my fingers or melt through the material.  It is also safe for kids to use.

Materials for easy shamrock hair clip:

  • Olyfun 12×12 craft sheets in Pine, Clover and Kiwi.
  • Scissors
  • Adtech Cool Tool Glue Gun and Glue sticks
  • Stickles or glitter glue
  • Hair clip
  • Button

olyfun shamrock stack

Instructions for easy shamrock hair clip:

  1. Cut three hearts in small medium and large. This will give you 9 hearts, three of each size.
  2. Cut a thin strip to cover your hair clip.  I wrap mine around it completely covering it.
  3. Glue tips together as shown in the image above. (no hot glue it will melt) (fabric glue is fine too)
  4. Add accents of Stickles or glitter glue around the edges in a thin line.  Allow the glitter glue to dry or you will have a mess.  You can speed up drying with a cool temperature hair dryer.  DO not use heat or you can melt the Olyfun.
  5. Glue the hair clip to the back of a heart. Leave room for the strip to cover the clip. shamrock back
  6. Cover the hair clip with a strip of Olyfun.  Secure the strip with glue.  Allow to dry.
    shamrock assembly
  7. Glue the stacked hearts on the clip as shown below.

drying shamrock hair clip

mixed media pendant

mixed media pendant
Making jewelry can be extra fun when you use the unexpected.  Making a mixed media pendant does not have to cost a lot of money either.  A die cut is used to make an adorable heart pendant from fabric. Embellish as desired and add a large link chain for a great gift for Grandma.

Materials and supplies for a mixed media pendant:

  • Cotton fabric, scraps: light pink, hot pink print, white, turquoise
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing, Stick Fusible Webbing
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Silver chain, 16” length
  • Silver findings: jump rings, 12mm, three; lobster claw clasp
  • Toner Plastics Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge
  • Buttons Galore and More Orange Fabric Brad
  • Gold vintage button
  • Silver pebble beads, 6/0, four
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Bigz Primitive Hearts Die
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needles: sewing, embroidery
  • Tiny alphabet rubber stamps
  • Round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Gold glitter
  • Black pigment ink
  • Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Misc.: scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins


1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to light pink, hot pink print, and white fabric scraps. Die cut one medium heart from fused hot pink fabric. Die cut one large heart from hot pink print and one from light pink fabric. Peel paper backing away; fuse smaller heart on center of light pink larger heart. Cut white fused-fabric to 1/2”x1-1/2” and fuse across center of hearts.

2.  Machine-sew edges of fused rectangle to heart. Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment on strip; heat set with iron.


3. Hand-sew knife pleat in center of turquoise fabric scrap. Hand-sew to secure to front of hearts using photo as guide for placement.


4. Use round-nose pliers to bend 5” wire into coil. Thread embroidery needle with three strands embroidery floss and couch wire to heart. Pull embroidery floss from back of hearts to front; slip one bead on needle and pull to back. Continue until all beads have been sewn to heart. Knot ends.


5. Place small amount of glue on center of fabric-covered brad. Sprinkle glitter on brad. Cut tiny hole in hearts and insert brad. Sew gold button to heart. Knot ends.


6. Pin large hearts together with straight pin in center. Starting on right center edge of hearts, use backstitch to hand-sew together using needle and thread, sewing around edges of heart on center. Hand-sew edges of larger hearts together, leaving small opening on edge for stuffing. Lightly stuff heart with polyfill. Sew opening closed.


7. Open one jump ring with chain-nose pliers and attach through fabric at top of heart. Open second jump ring and loop one end through jump ring on heart and then on center of chain. Open third jump ring and attach onto end of chain. Attach lobster claw clasp to remaining end.

floral resin necklace

floral resin necklace
A floral resin necklace inspired by the jewel tones of vibrant flowers, create this resin pendant following the step-out photos listed in the instructions. Create and embellish one for every special woman on your list – personalize with beads and inspirational sayings, too!

Materials for floral resin necklace:

Bronze wide hobnail bezel with hammered edge
Worldwin DoubleMates Creamy Cocoa Cardstock
Darice Bronze findings: Eye Pin, Clasp; Jump Rings, two
Darice Bronze Chain, 8” lengths, two
Swarovski AB Garnet Crystals, 4mm
Assorted beads: pink freshwater pearls, two; orange glass round; yellow glass teardrop
Phrase or verse (from recycled book)


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy Mini Shape and Doodling Template (TWC157S)
  • Susan Lenart KazmerJeweler’s Grade Crystal Clear ICE Resin
  • Jacquard Lumiere 3D Dimensional Metallic Paint & Adhesive: Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, Bright Copper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, palette knife, disposable cups, wooden craft stick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for floral resin necklace:

For floral insert, position mini template on Creamy Cocoa cardstock. Apply random dollops of Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, and Bright Copper on paper as desired. Use palette knife to spread paint evenly across stencil. Lift stencil straight up and set aside. Let dry completely; trim to fit inside bezel.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix Ice Resin in plastic cup. (Note: There is a 45 minute working window once resin is mixed before it will harden.)resin in cup

Add small drops of Ice Resin inside bezel. Position stenciled paper inside bezel; press firmly to remove air bubbles.
bezel before resin

Randomly adhere crystals on flower centers. Adhere verse or phrase from recycled book. Pour remaining resin into bezel. Cover bezel with plastic or glass container to prevent dust from settling on surface.

pouring resin into besel

resin in bezel drying
Once bezel has cured, string beads on eye pin; form loop at end using needle-nose pliers and attach to bezel. Position teardrop bead on end by opening loop on bezel, adding bead and then closing.umber-bg congrats-prompt”
Measure two 8” chain lengths. Open jump ring at top of bezel and attach chain lengths; close jump ring. Add jump ring to left side and attach clasp. Attach jump ring to other side of chain.


Easy Earrings

easy earrings

Easy earrings to make and give in a hand stamped gift box.  Make these quick earrings to coordinate the with any outfit.  Once you learn the Easy Earring technique you will be making earrings for every one.  They really are simple, quick and easy.  I love to give them as hostess gifts.  They are really nice to have on hand when you need to send a little thanks to someone.  I personally think that when you tie the time to make a gift for someone that it is like giving more because you are giving up your time to make them something they will like.

sizes: box, 3-1/4″x1″x2-1/4″; earrings, 2″

Materials for Easy Earrings

  • Creative Imagination Bare Elements gift box with mirror
  • Beads, in three various sizes, six
  • Silver findings: two 2” head pins, two ear wires

Tools for Easy Earrings:

  • Acrylic block
  • Beadalon Chain-nose Pliers; Designer Flush Cutter Stamp
  • Clearsnap Ancient Page Navy Ink
  • ColorBox Cat’s Eye Fluid Chalk Queque: Misty Meadow
  • Rubber stamp, in print of choice

Directions to make Easy Earrings and gift box:

Hand stamped Gift Box

1. Starting with the lightest colored inkpad, apply inkpads directly to surface of box in long sweeping strokes. Use darker-colored ink for inside of box. Layer and blend colors for desired coverage. Let dry.

2. Randomly stamp image on gift box to create collage look. Set aside to dry.

Easy Earrings

1. String three beads onto each head pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach loop to lower loop on each ear wire. Trim excess wire.

See really they are Easy Earrings.  Once you make a few you will be hooked.  Practice the loop a few times on extra ear wires if you are afraid of making mistakes.  When you make things by hand they might not always be perfect and that is okay too.

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

A Casting Resin Necklace DIY –  Fanciful Flowers.  Create a necklace in any color or flower you would like with this easy to follow tutorial.

Materials for Resin Necklace

  • Paper flowers, in various sizes
  • Cousin: Antique Gold chain; Antique Gold Starter Pack; Classic Pearl Elegance beads: 8mm Round Rose, 8mm Round Glass Turquoise Pearl, 6mm Round Glass Ecru Pearl; Clear Monfilament #8
  • Alumilite Corp.: Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin

Basic Supplies for Resin Necklace

paintbrushes, rubber gloves, scissors


  • Jacquard Products: Lumiere Paints: Pearlescent Turquoise, Bright Gold, Pearlescent Magenta, Halo Blue Gold, Crimson; Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment Interference: Blue, Solar Gold; Pearl Ex Varnish
  • Cousin: Precision Comfort Round-Nose Pliers, Needle-Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters
  • Hand drill with 1/16” bit

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers  1

Directions for resin necklace:

1. Mix Amazing Mold Putty following manufacturer’s instructions. Press paper flower into mold. Use tip of round-nose pliers to make sure each petal is pressed into mold. Repeat step for remaining small paper flower. Allow mold to set for approx. 20 minutes. Remove flowers from molds. Use small amount water to remove residue. Gently pat mold dry.

2. Mix Amazing Casting Resin following manufacturer’s instructions. Slowly pour resin into mold. Once resin has set, remove it from mold. Repeat for remaining flower.

3. Paint small flower petals Magenta and center Halo Blue Gold. Let dry. Lightly brush coat of Crimson on petals. Paint large flower petals Turquoise and center Bright Gold. Apply Interference Blue powder on petals and Solar Gold powder on center. Let dry. Apply varnish on flowers. Let dry.

4. Drill two holes on each end of flower petals and two holes in centers of flowers.

5. Thread monofilament through center holes and through three pearls. Tie pearls off on back of flower. Repeat for each flower.

6. Place one jump ring into each hole on petals. Attach small flowers to large flower with additional jump ring.

7. Thread the following onto eye pin: blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead, ecru pearl, blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead. Form loop at end and secure to jump ring on pink flower. Repeat for other flower. Cut two 7” chain lengths. Secure eye pin onto each end of chain.

8. Attach jump rings on ends of chain length. Attach clasp on one end of chain and toggle on other end.

Diy starfish headband

Diy starfish headband tutorial

Make a starfish headband for a mermaid party or a beach themed event or to wear because they are pretty cool.  My daughter just celebrated her 5th birthday and the theme was mermaid and every little mermaid needs a cool hair accessory right?  For her party we made a couple dozen polymer clay starfish using a mold of a real one we found on the beach.

Check back for tutorials on how to make the cupcake tower, a mermaid tutu and various other mermaid themed party decorations.  Tutorial for Mermaid Tutu Dress

Tools and materials for a starfish headband:

Instructions for a starfish headband:

  1. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
  2. Pinch of a Large piece of Mold Maker and roll into a ball. Flatten ball creating a piece of  large Mold Maker enough to accept starfish.
sculpey mold maker

3.  Dust starfish with cornstarch. Press starfish into mold and then remove. Bake the mold according to the directions above. Allow the piece to cool before handling.

4.  Condition the White clay according to the directions above. Dust the mold with cornstarch. Press the conditioned clay into the mold and remove. Trim off any excess clay with craft knife. Dust the mold and repeat again to make an additional piece. Repeat process to create as many starfish as you’d like. Bake according to directions above.

5.  After the starfish has cooled, paint the piece with the Buttermilk acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe excess.

buttermilk paint on starfish
6.  Paint the piece with the Raw Umber acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe off. This will create a distressed finish. Brush on a light coat of Glimmer dust if you would like a little bit of sparkle. Allow paint to dry
raw umber painted over butternilk
7.  Cut 8 three-inch strips of tulle and hot glue to headband.  Then add a dollop of glue to center and press starfish into center and hold in place until dry.   ALWAYS use caution when using a hot glue gun.

Faux Tile Technique Butterfly

faux tile butterfly necklace2
size: 16”

Materials for Faux Tile:

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey White Oven-Bake Clay
  • Cousin Corp. assorted beads: Pearl/Crystal Green Mix, Orange/Yellow Mix, Glass Green Mix
  • Silver findings: eye pins, 1-1/2”, eight; jump rings, four; connectors, two; bead caps, four; toggle clasp

Basic Supplies for Faux Tile:

paintbrush, toothpick, cornstarch, sandpaper, damp paper towel or baby wipes


  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Essentials Tool Kit, Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Glossy Glaze
  • Round-nose pliers and wire cutters
  • Butterfly rubber stamp
  • Jacquard Orange Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions for for Faux Tile:

1. Run clay through clay conditioning machine on medium thickness; do not roll too thin.

2. Dust stamp with cornstarch and tap to remove excess. Stamp butterfly image into clay and remove rubber stamp. Trim excess clay using blade from tool kit. Poke holes on each wing using toothpick. See Photo 1. (see photos)

3. Bake butterfly pendant on parchment-lined baking sheet for half baking time suggested on manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. While butterfly pendant is cooling, place one dollop of Translucent Liquid Sculpey on covered work surface. Add three drops of Orange alcohol ink to top of dollop. Let rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix contents together using toothpick. See Photo 2. (see photos)

5. Gently sand rough edges on butterfly pendant. Remove dust with damp paper towel or baby wipe.

6. Paint mixture on butterfly pendant coating entire piece. See Photo 3. Add one drop of Orange alcohol ink to painted butterfly. See Photo 4. Let set. Return butterfly pendant to oven and bake for 20 minutes following manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool. (see photos)

7. For necklace, on first eye pin, alternate orange and turquoise beads threading four of each color. Use round-nose pliers to form loop at end of eye pin; trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to butterfly through poked hole on wing. See Photo 5. (see photos)

8. On next eye pin, thread bead cap, green pearl, bead cap; form loop at end. Trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to previous threaded eye pin.

9. On next eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to previous threaded eye pin. Attach silver connector to end.

10. On last eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to silver connector. Attach one end of toggle clasp to other end of threaded eye pin. See Photo 6. (see photos)

11. Repeat Steps 7-10 creating other side of necklace.


1. Use Sculpey Glossy Glaze to add shine to pendant after painting.


If you would like to see a step out tutorial for the polymer clay faux tile technique.