Popsicle Stick Bracelet with Custom Gift Box

Alright my creative peeps!  Today I am sharing a project that I created using supplies from ScribbleShop.com as part of their Scribble Challenge.  I was sent a box of supplies and had to create a project using as many of them as possible, and I am excited to say that I used every.single.item!  
 
And in case you haven’t heard,
Scribble Shop is an online craft store that carries over 75,000 crafty items!  How great is it to just sit at your computer and order supplies?  Am I the only one who gets excited about that?  I mean, this shop has everything a crafty person needs!  Plus, because I am participating in the Scribble Challenge, the Scribble Shop is offering my readers 15% off their entire order, now through April 30th using promo code 733BLOG!
Back to the challenge!  These are the items that I found in my box:

Supplies from ScribbleShop.com: Marble Accents
Dress It Up Big Glitter Dots
Pigment Ink Pad
Prang Colored Pencils
Jumbo Craft Sticks
Matte Mod Podge
Fleur de Lis Stencil
Raffia
Rub-On Quotes
Ferrero Rocher Truffles
Um, yea… none of these items inspired an obvious “I’m making that!” project.  It took a little bit of racking my brain to decide what to do, but I’m pretty psyched with the results.
 
Materials I used from my own stash (all of which are available at Scribble Shop):
 Regular size craft sticks
Hot Glue Gun
Paint Brush 
In middle school I remember making these awesome bracelets out of tongue depressors.  We all thought they were da bomb, baby!  We painted and tricked them out and wore them around with pride.  
 Today I’m going to show you how to make your own, as well as a sweet little box to hold them in.

{The Choose Joy bracelet is my tribute to Ashley at Lil Blue Boo who chooses joy everyday as she battles cancer.  Choose Joy just really resonates with me!}
Warning: This does take some prep time!  Mama should get everything ready before inviting the kiddies in to help decorate.

Step 1: Boil a pot of water.
Step 2: Add in the jumbo craft sticks.  
Chances are you will break at least one during this process, so put in a few more than you need.
Let soak for 15 minutes.
Step 3: While sticks are boiling locate a small glass, jar or other object that is about the size of a wrist.  Also grab some elastic bands if desired.
 

Step 4: Remove sticks one at a time and either work them inside the glass or wrap around it and secure with an elastic band (I prefer working them into the glass).  Make sure to work carefully so you don’t break them.  Set these aside to dry for 24 hours. 

While those are drying, grab some regular sized craft sticks, and a hot glue gun so we can get building a little box to keep the bracelets in!
 
Step 1: Create the base by lining up 11 craft sticks side by side.

Step 2: Grab a stick and put a line of glue all the way across and then place it along the top edge of the 11 sticks.  Do the same for the bottom.

Step 3: Add a bead of glue on the left hand ends of the stick and place a stick on top, alternating sides and direction (see photos – it’s like your making a bridge between each stick).

Step 4: Once you have your box high enough to fit your bracelet, you are going to create your top.  Again line up 11 sticks and this time, glue a stick on the top and the bottom, at least one stick width in from the edge.

Step 5: Decorate the top as desired.  I used the Fleur de Lis stencil and glued on a marble accent as a handle.  Place the lid on and ta-da!  Your simple gift box is complete!
BACK TO THE BRACELETS:

 Now that you have let your craft stick bracelets dry completely, remove them from the glass.
Gather any supplies you want in order to decorate them.  I used Mod Podge, paint, glitter dots, rub-on-sayings and hot glue.  I also printed off some designs I created on the computer and some scrapbook paper.

Step 5: Use a jumbo craft stick and a color pencil (really any drawing utensil will work – but I wanted to try out the metallic pencils that came in the Scribble Shop package!) to trace the shape onto some scrapbook paper and cut out. 

Step 6: Slather Mod Podge onto your bracelet and then lay the cut out paper onto the bracelet and press it down flat, making sure to work out any air bubbles.  Set aside to dry.  

Or if you prefer, paint your bracelet (I enlisted a helper) and set aside. 

Step 7:  Sand the edges of the bracelet and paper to get rid of any over hang and to create smooth edges.  I used 150 fine grit paper (sorry – it was just me, so no way I was going to get a picture of me sanding!).

Step 8: Add embellishments – glue on dots or rub-on the saying (OK, so the photo proves I did this BEFORE gluing the paper to the bracelet…), etc.
 
Step 9 (OPTIONAL): Add a layer of Mod Podge over the paper to protect the bracelet.

YOUR BRACELET AND BOX ARE COMPLETE!
 
Now its time to wrap it up for gift presentation:

 I used the raffia to wrap around the box.  I also grabbed a tag from my scrapbook stash and used my alphabet stamps and the pigment ink pad to stamp {Heart} Mom on the tag.

This is what my daughter came home from school to find on the dining room table:

But wait!  I didn’t use the Truffles, you say?  Actually, I did!  They were fuel to keep me going throughout this process:

 And in case this post didn’t have enough images, here are a few more!
 
Of course I need to say “thank you” to Scribble Shop for sponsoring this challenge and making me think outside the “box” a bit!  This was my first time participating in a challenge and now I think I’ve been bit because it really was fun!
If you are interested in making this project you can get all of the items I used by clicking on the links in my supply list.  
Want to stay in touch with Scribble Shop?  You’ll find them here: 
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Google Plus: Go to ScribbleShop.com and hit the +1 button 

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with ScribbleShop.com and Blueprint Social
The opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.

Comments

  1. says

    Oh My! What a wonderful craft! I might can even do this! Love this idea! Thanks for posting this and going step by step with us…I want to try this seriously. Pinning it to! Thanks again. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. says

    Great job!! I may have to do this. :) I considered it for my challenge but wound up doing something else. I have a question – what font is your “just saying” on one of your tutorial photos?

    • says

      Thanks Amanda! My 4 year old really loved the box and begged me to make his own. He used the glue gun (with supervision) and built the entire thing and MAN was he impressed that he actually built something all by himself! Such a confidence builder. ;)

  3. says

    Those are great! When I opened my box, my first thought was the bracelets too and now I’m thinking I might do them anyways with my daughter just for fun! They’re so cute! Love your pictures and your step-by-steps!

  4. says

    Kim, Thank you so very much for posting this!! When I was a kid (back in the stone ages… ok the 70′s) I knew girls who had bracelets like these but had no idea how they made them. Now I do! And I have a friend who is looking for birthday party ideas for their spring party. Once again thank you!!!

  5. says

    the bracelets are AWESOME!!!! i mean, so very gorgeous! great job! and I love that you made a box to go with them…so creative!

  6. says

    That would make a fab party project! Just have the bracelets ready to go before hand. Great use of the Scribble Shop products Kim!

  7. says

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you for participating in the Scribble Shop Challenge.

    We had no idea that you could make bracelets out of popsicle sticks! You did great job using all of the materials that were supplied in the box!

    We are posting the finalist on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ScribbleShop tomorrow, March 30th, 2012.

    Stay Tunned!

  8. says

    I love your bracelets. I have made popsicle stick bracelets several times with my kids and it is such a fun project. These are so cute. And I love the coordinated box. I am your newest follower from TheStuffofSuccess. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Have a great week. Athena