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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 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

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.
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it was fun my wife loved it
SP Riley made it!2 months ago

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.

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CrayfishYAY made it!8 months ago

Did it a long time ago. Still have it.

mpadavala10 months ago
thanks for this instructable. I have made one and it came out perfect.
ajayvishnu2 years ago
no_light2 years ago
here's mine! it looks like yers :D
vkstatist2 years ago
This is very interesting! Good idea :)
smohan63 years ago
this is very nice
i tried once , i got it perfectly
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 .
halla4 years ago
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?
trooperrick (author)  chicks_with_sticks4 years ago
 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.
How about wood glue?
trooperrick (author)  jeffconnelly4 years ago
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.
SterLuMan4 years ago
so... how muxh sticks did you use?
sopita5 years ago
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! :)
Up_in_Snow6 years ago
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_Snow6 years ago
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.
LegoFudge6 years ago
This looks so cool. I'm going to try this as soon as I can get a big bag o' sticks.
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.
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do you comment on everything?
Why not?
because it takes forever
No, but he does comment on every featured or popular instructable.
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.
Hahaha, go Buckethead!
He commented on mine within the first few hours it was submitted...
trooperrick (author)  Jplaz6 years ago
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.
So yeah...about them popsicle sticks...
But it makes people feel pretty good when they deserve it
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
Valche6 years ago
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-X6 years ago
I have that same box of stix. Funny, If I do this, I'll use hot glue :D
randofo6 years ago
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).
trooperrick (author)  randofo6 years ago
Sounds cool, please post pictures. Thanks for the nice comment.
Kevvixx6 years ago
Very Good idea. I like making things with these. You should paint it to make it look even better.
trooperrick (author)  Kevvixx6 years ago
Yeah, I did make a few with the colored sticks. I'll add that in. Thanks!
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