Introduction: Popsicle Stick Basket

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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

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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


~Craft Sticks (craft section at Wal-Mart)

Step 2: Lay Out Three Sticks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Wendalyn made it! (author)2017-03-23

Love it

AngeliqueE2 made it! (author)2017-03-03

I may have branched off with the technique just a teeny bit...

DougieW4 made it! (author)2017-02-27

Not perfect but we gave ot a shot. Only wanted it shallow as its for displaying keyrings/necklaces.

Used 3 different sized sticks in the end ?

Thank you ?

SalinaD1 (author)2016-08-21

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

Craftycolz made it! (author)2016-07-04

Love this and so easy to make. I think mine turned out a bit different at the bottom tho

KarloD4 made it! (author)2016-04-23

I just made it,should litsen you to use the glue instead the hot glue

HuldaliF (author)2016-04-18

Nice craft!

Box the Fox made it! (author)2015-06-21

great,it's a good for lots of things

SP Riley made it! (author)2014-08-18

It makes a great catch-all for near our front door. It's big enough for keys, cell phone, wallet, and other things in my pockets. Thank You.

trooperrick (author)SP Riley2014-12-01

Hey, looks great! Nice to see people still making something I posted over 5 years ago.

NabilaR (author)SP Riley2014-11-02

how to atched poop sticks
pleasetell me at my adress

SP Riley (author)NabilaR2014-11-03

First off just so when you go to the store you are not looked at funny it is "popsicle" sticks not "poop" sticks. Second off you don't need to attach them as long as you have glue. Mine was just simple wood glue. It took two days for me and I think I put a book on the sticks to compress things overnight, and then started on the bottom the next day. As long as you let the glue dry completely you don't need to attach anything.

ieric jones (author)2014-10-14

it was fun my wife loved it

NabilaR (author)ieric jones2014-11-02

how to atched the poop sticks
please tell me at my adress


CrayfishYAY made it! (author)2014-02-02

Did it a long time ago. Still have it.

NabilaR (author)CrayfishYAY2014-11-02

how to atched poop sicks
please tell me at my adress

mpadavala (author)2013-12-15

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

ajayvishnu (author)2012-09-14


no_light (author)2012-05-25

here's mine! it looks like yers :D

vkstatist (author)2011-12-18

This is very interesting! Good idea :)

smohan6 (author)2011-07-12

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

CrayfishYAY (author)2010-11-12

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

beulah salomy (author)2010-10-11

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

halla (author)2010-09-25

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

chicks_with_sticks (author)2010-05-30

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

 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.

jeffconnelly (author)trooperrick2010-08-07

How about wood glue?

trooperrick (author)jeffconnelly2010-08-07

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.

SterLuMan (author)2010-07-18

so... how muxh sticks did you use?

sopita (author)2009-01-19

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

Trouble Clef (author)2008-07-08

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! :)

Up_in_Snow (author)2008-04-02

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.

trooperrick (author)Up_in_Snow2008-04-02

Thanks, I've also made a lot of things out of them, when i need to make something i don't have, popsicle sticks are first in line.

LegoFudge (author)2008-03-06

This looks so cool. I'm going to try this as soon as I can get a big bag o' sticks.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-22

That's freaking amazing.

I don't have enough popsicle sticks, but if I ever get this much, definitely will want to try this out.
+1 rating.
(added to favorites)

do you comment on everything?

reedz (author)ravemonsters2008-02-23

Why not?

ravemonsters (author)reedz2008-02-23

because it takes forever

No, but he does comment on every featured or popular instructable.

LividMonkey (author)ProfessorZ422008-02-24

But I like his replies. It's normally positive feedback which is good for the poster. Plus, his pic makes me think Buckethead is replying all the time. Anything with Buckethead gets a thumbs up in my book.

GorillazMiko (author)LividMonkey2008-02-25

Hahaha, go Buckethead!

Jplaz (author)LividMonkey2008-02-24

He commented on mine within the first few hours it was submitted...

trooperrick (author)Jplaz2008-02-24

Who really cares? He posts his feedback whether it be good or bad. Most people appreciate knowing what other people think. This is an instructable about making a basket out of popsicle sticks, not a discussion about why GM posts his feedback or not.

reedz (author)trooperrick2008-02-24

So yeah...about them popsicle sticks...

reedz (author)ravemonsters2008-02-23

But it makes people feel pretty good when they deserve it


cry_wolf (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-23

You can buy them in boxes at craft stores like Michaels or A.C. Moore. They're extremely cheap too. You dont have to eat a few hundred Popsicles for it. :D

Valche (author)2008-02-23

Very creative, I like this a lot. I work with kids, and this would be a perfect craft to do with them after school! Favorited!

Killa-X (author)2008-02-23

I have that same box of stix. Funny, If I do this, I'll use hot glue :D

randofo (author)2008-02-22

Wow. That may be the nicest popsicle stick basket I have ever seen. It's much nicer than my laser cut popsicle stick swirly bowl (I'm working on improvements).

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