Popsicle Stick Basket

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Introduction: Popsicle Stick Basket

One time a long long time ago, at a summercamp I learned to make a basket out of popsicle sticks.
While it may look time consuming it only takes about 45 min for a first timer and less than 30 minutes if you made a few. Once completely dry it is surprisingly strong.


Step 1: Gather Materials

For this simple project you will need,

~White Glue (Elmers)
If you really need to feel special you can use hot glue, but I find that that doesnt look as nice when completed

and

~Craft Sticks (craft section at Wal-Mart)

Step 2: Lay Out Three Sticks

All there is too it, lay out three sticks so it looks like a hexagon with three missing sides. When done, put a dot of glue on every end of every stick.

Step 3: Add Three More Sticks

Add three sticks on the dots of glue so its a full hexagon now. Now is the time you want to get the shape exactly like you want it because once you add more layers it starts to get stiffer thus harder to adjust.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2-4

Repeat steps 2-4 until you get to the height you want it. If you aren't sure, stop adding layers because you can always add more when we are done.

Step 5: Start the Bottom

By now you should've realized that we are building this from the top down.
What you are going to want to do is, add the next three sticks a bit more "inside" than the other ones. You want to make it so that the sticks aren't overlapping. The first one will barely fit but all the others will have plenty of space.
Keep doing that until you can't without overlapping sticks.

See picture if you don't understand.

Step 6: Adding the Bottom

Here is where we add the bottom.

What you are going to want to do is put a line of glue all the way across the three sticks then cover the hole with a whole bunch of 'em.

Step 7: Flip Over and Admire

By now it "should"(not saying it "will") be solid enough to flip and admire. Don't put anything in it for a day so it can dry completely.

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I made it but it does not look as nice as the photo on th computer as I do not have a steady hand.

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thanks for this instructable. I have made one and it came out perfect.

here's mine! it looks like yers :D

This is very interesting! Good idea :)

this is very nice
i tried once , i got it perfectly
thankx

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Although I used hot glue. But is so much better than that "takes hours to dry" glue. mine dried fast & was ready to use when I got done! & there's no chance of it falling apart. IT IS AWESOME!!!!!! :D

It is very nice and the instructions given are very simple and easy to follow.I like this .

good idea to recycle Popsicle Stick
there is a plastic type form Popsicle stick , i think it will be durable
thanks for sharing

I'm thinking it will become a planting pot if I make one.  What kind of glue should I use?

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 I used elmer's glue-all white glue, but if its outside you might want a more waterproof glue, I'm not sure what kind would be sufficiant though.

If it is the waterproof kind, than it will most definitely work. Also if it is going outside, you should probably seal it by dipping it or coating it somehow.

so... how muxh sticks did you use?

it's so wonderful to have a site like that; where person like me can learn something; this is my first time and I will try this popsicle basket thanks so much

That's super cool. When I first saw it, I thought it looked like mini bleachers. Paint the bottom green and put some little people in there and you have your own tiny baseball stadium! :)

I've made lots of things with popcicle sticks, but I've definatly haven'y ever got so detailed. Way to go. Your basket is really neat.