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20+ EASY Popsicle Stick Crafts Kids Will Love

Popsicles are one of the greatest joys of childhood. Ask any kid and they would eat popsicles for almost every meal of the day if they could! (mine would) So I thought it would be a great idea to do a post on popsicle stick crafts kids will love!

Popsicle Stick crafts are like a right of passage for children. At one point in most of our lives, whether at school, summer camp, or home, we have all made something out of popsicle sticks! These crafts are so fun and easy, so look out for future popsicle craft projects and activities as well!

The crafts may not turn out perfect, but I like to make sure my children are included in the process every step of the way, if possible. The great thing about many of these craft activities is that they are absolutely free or almost free as well if you know where to buy.

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If you would like to see more amazing projects I have done with my children that are extremely budget friendly, check out my post on dollar store crafts!

Easy Popsicle Stick Crafts

1.Rainbow Popsicle Stick Craft


You will most likely have some of these supplies in the house, but for those who don’t, the most you need to spend in 3-4 dollars at the dollar store. (I should buy stock there hah)

  1. A pack of colored craft sticks
  2. Glue Stick/ or HOT Glue Gun (you can get a fairly cheap one here)
  3. Scissors
  4. Markers
  5. Construction Paper or white papepr
  6. Index Cards

Supplies for popsicle stick rainbow project

Craft Preparation

This is a work around popsicle gluing hack if you don’t have a hot glue gun.

Popsicle sticks don’t stick to each other very well with normal glue (unless you are able to allow ample time to dry), but the sticks do stick to paper very well.

You can create many of these arts and crafts by gluing the sticks to the back and front of any type of paper!

popsicle stick glue hack

1. If you are using pre-colored sticks, all you do is start gluing! I used face wiping pads for the clouds, but you can use cotton balls or construction paper cut into the shape of a cloud. My son insisted on doing clouds on both sides 🙂

2. If you have regular tan sticks, most markers will do the trick! My son took his rainbow everywhere!

rainbow activity  sun and rainbow popsicle stick craft

2. Sun Popsicle Craft

Craft Preparation

arts and crafts at the table

sun popsicle craft

The preparation is easy, short and sweet.

1. Pre-cut your sun first! We ran out of yellow construction paper so my son colored white paper with a yellow and orange marker.

2. Next either glue your stick together with a hot glue gun or glue it to the paper! Make it as simple or elaborate as you want!

3. Popsicle Stick Fans

fan popsicle craftcoloring craft

In honor of the hot summer we have had, the kids designed their own fans!

1. I started with a fan shape outline on a white index card. Then I allowed them to have at it. My baby girl did scribbles and my son drew circles, squares, and triangles.

2. I love to name and date these activities to save for future reminiscing

coloring arts andcraftpopsicle stick fans

4. Popsicle Monsters

This is such an easy and cute idea! My little boy is super into any silly right now so this idea from iheartartsncrafts.com is perfect!

popsicle stick monsters

5. Stick Superhero Idea

This one reminds me of my painting arts and crafts post due the the superheroes! Can go wrong with this idea from gluedtomycraftsblog.com

superhero popsicle sticks

6. Popsicle Stick Rocket Ships (Valentine hearts optional)

So have I ever mentioned my preschooler has been obsessed with planets for about 1.5 years? Not joking. So for you space moms out there, this one is perfect. Check out gluedtomycraftsblog.com.

Rocket ship popsicle stick craft

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7. Frame

I love keepsakes crafts, because you can look back at them and think of only the good memories of parenthood 😉 I dont have a website for this one, but @jsigler posted this on her instagram page! Check it out and make sure you follow me as well!

popsicle stick frames

8. Cars

Another simple Popsicle stick craft for preschoolers or toddlers that will provide great imaginative play! Learn how it was done at

popsicle stick cars

9. Caterpillar

Aww something I’m not used to: cute caterpillars! Sticks, some fuzzy balls, and some eyes from the dollar store and your set. allkidsnetwork.com

popsicle stick caterpillar

Psst.. Another great activity idea! Check out my Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet activity.

10. Shapes

This is a great learning activity for kids. Simple and fun!

popsicle stick shapes

11. Animals

So many cute animals. Ideas galore in this post! craftionary.net

Popsicle Stick Animals

12. Butterfly

My daughter would love this heart butterfly stick idea! Cute and great for imaginative play. annmariejohn.com

Butterfly Popsicle Sticks

13. Treasure Chest

If it involves hiding toys, I’m all for it. I love this simple treasure chest idea! powerfulmothering.com

Popsicle Stick Treasure Box

14. Bird

I added this one because it’s just adorable. Again, imaginative play is awesome. Young minds can be stimulated by the smallest things. makeandtakes.com

Popsicle Stick Bird

MORE awesome craft ideas for kids!

Holiday Popsicle Stick Craft Ideas!

15. Spider

Halloween can be so fun with little ones. Get into some Halloween fun with this spider craft at makingofamom.com

popsicle stick halloween spider

16. Web

Super fun Halloween webs at buggyandbuddy.com

Spider Web Popsicle Stick

17. Pumpkin

Popsticle Stick Jack-o-lantern anyone? Find this at todayscreativeideas.com

popsicle stick halloween pumpkins

18. Turkey

Rainbow Turkeys are a great way to master colors 🙂 Check it out at thepinterestedparent.com

craft stick turkey

19. Christmas Tree

I LOVE Christmas, so you know I had to include some for the Christmas holiday! gingersnapcrafts.com

Christmas Tree popsicle stick craft

20. Ginger Bread House

Ok so this does not look quite as easy as the other, but hey it’s Christmas 🙂

Popsicle Stick Gingerbread house

21. Snow Flake

These are so pretty to me! For a project like this I love using this white gel pen

Snowflake popsicle craft

22. Reindeer

Another simple and cute ornament project using popsicle sticks. thekindergartenconnection.com

Popsicle Stick Reindeer Kid Christmas Ornament


More DIY Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids

Want more ideas in video form?? Check out these videos for popsicle stick crafts for both kids and adults.

More DIY Popsicle Stick Crafts for Adults

I hope you enjoyed these crafts! They have certainly brought joy to my children!

Do you have any other ideas that you think I should add to the list? Please let me know in the comment section below! I would love to hear from you!

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  • Whitney

    I love your idea on the Popsicle Stick monsters! I’m going to use it with my class when it gets closer to Halloween. I never thought about gluing them to paper instead of wasting a lot of time trying to glue them together, that’s a great tip. So many craft ideas with Popsicle Sticks. I pinned them for later!

  • Courtney

    Wow, I’m happy to have found your site! I have been searching for new and affordable craft ideas to do with my kids. Honestly, every one is interesting and unique in it’s own way. We’re going to have a lot of Popsicle stick crafts all around the house. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas! I’ll be sure to share your site with a few teachers this school year!

    • Kayla

      Awesome Courtney! You are so welcome, I’m glad you found what you were looking for! And I appreciate the sharing as well!

  • Anthony Little

    I remember making little ornament when I was a little boy, but nothing like what I’m reading from your post. I never knew that so many creations could be made from Popsicle. You have certainly provided something very fun and exciting for kids and parents to cherish for a lifetime. Who would have thought of something so simple can make such beautiful creation and memories. Thank for a great post.

  • Kevin E Beasley

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this article. You have provided so many great ideas. I remember popsicle stick crafts when I was a kid and my kids love them too. I especially love the idea about teaching shapes with popsicle sticks! Thanks again for your hard work!

    • Kayla

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Kevin and you are very welcome! By the way I love the shapes craft too. Fun learning is the best!

  • Nicke

    OMG I LOVE THIS! I am a huge crafter but my 3.5 year old son never seems to get into it. I always have trouble finding more “boy themed” crafts that would keep him interested and so many of these will! Love the monsters and cars the most!! Thank you so much for all the fun ideas!

  • Milla

    Wow, really great idea. Funny enough, I never had anything like that in my childhood. I was not super creative and could not draw at all, so that would be perfect solution for a child like me. That is long gone, ha ha, so now I am looking forward to use your ideas with my future grand-kids. The animals galore are really cute. That is such an affordable way to entertain the kids and adults who are like kids, LOL Thanks for posting that. Really enjoyed that

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