Popsicle Stick Basket

285,684

297

43

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.

The Instructables Book Contest

Participated in the
The Instructables Book Contest

8 People Made This Project!

Recommendations

  • Mason Jar Speed Challenge

    Mason Jar Speed Challenge
  • Pumpkin Challenge

    Pumpkin Challenge
  • Bikes Challenge

    Bikes Challenge

43 Discussions

0
28mbrutsky
28mbrutsky

Question 4 weeks ago

At least, how many popsicle sticks do you use?

0
thepiwarrior
thepiwarrior

4 months ago on Step 7

I have 2 of these bowls I LOVED this project! Thank you!

0
SalinaD1
SalinaD1

4 years ago

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

0
HuldaliF
HuldaliF

4 years ago

Nice craft!

0
ieric jones
ieric jones

5 years ago

it was fun my wife loved it

temp_-1980626746.jpg
0
NabilaR
NabilaR

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

how to atched the poop sticks
please tell me at my adress
adila.naaz@yahoo.com

/nabeelarbiala@yahoo.com

0
mpadavala
mpadavala

6 years ago on Introduction

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

0
smohan6
smohan6

9 years ago on Step 7

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

0
beulah salomy
beulah salomy

9 years ago on Step 5

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

0
halla
halla

9 years ago on Introduction

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?

0
trooperrick
trooperrick

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

 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.

0
trooperrick
trooperrick

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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.

0
sopita
sopita

11 years ago on Introduction

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

0
Trouble Clef
Trouble Clef

12 years ago on Introduction

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! :)