Popsicle Stick Toaster Tongs




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I've been eating a lot of bagels lately and I've been alternating between burning my fingers to pull them out of the toaster (because I'm impatient and want to eat them nice and hot) or using chopsticks. I thought, "This is ridiculous." My mom had some pretty basic toaster tongs, so I figured I would just make some of the many jumbo craft sticks I have left over from my popsicle stick playing cards. These are easy to put together and work great.

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Step 1: Supplies


  • Jumbo Craft Sticks or regular popsicle sticks - You'll need at least 4 but it is good to have extras in case of mistakes.
  • Wood Glue - I used Elmer's wood glue but these are just craft sticks so lots of glues should work. The better the glue, the better the hold.
  • good Scissors
  • Clamps - You don't need anything fancy, just to hold the sticks together while the glue is drying. Clothespins might work as well.
  • Wax Paper - I just like gluing on top of wax paper.
  • Wood Burner (optional)

Step 2: Cut Pieces

For these toaster tongs, you will need 2 full sized sticks and 10 1" long pieces. The number of small pieces can vary, that's just how many I used.

Leave 2 sticks as they are. With 2 other sticks, mark and cut 1" pieces. I got 5 pieces from each stick. These are fairly easy to cut with scissors, but they can break (as shown in the third image). If that happens, I suggest just cutting a new piece. You can try to use the broken pieces if you want, it's your project :) I just used broken ones to do wood burn tests.

Line them up and see if the size looks right to you (image 4).

Step 3: Wood Burn a Cute Design (optional)

If you are going to burn a cute design onto your toaster tongs, I advise you do it now. I ended up doing it at the end, but it would be easier to do it now before it's assembled, and if you screw up, you can always just grab another stick to use.

I went with a little piece of bread with lines on it and squiggle lines above it to signify it is toasted and then the word toast. It was kind of a combination of things I found when googling images of "Toaster Tongs" and "Toast Icon."

You can put it where your hand will go or closer to the end that will grab the toast like I did.

Step 4: Glue

Glue all your pieces together.

I started by lining up and gluing the smaller pieces one by one.

Once all of those were together, I glued a stick to each side. If you wood burned a design on one, make sure you glue it on the correct way.

Wipe off any excess glue right away.

Clamp your pieces together so they dry tightly together. I used some wax paper to protect the sticks from the little clamps.

Step 5: All Done!

Give the glue time to dry. Mine said 30 minutes to overnight. I just left them overnight because I didn't need them right away anyway. While they aren't fragile, don't be unnecessarily rough with them. They are just popsicle sticks after all.

These are also nice if you have a utensils holder as they just hook right on the side for easy access and storage.



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    26 Discussions


    9 months ago

    Another great yet simple idea ! You are a true inventor. Really.

    My kids are allways complaining the toast is too hot. I'll put this instructable under their noses as a hint. Nobody will burn his/her fingers on a toast again in this house! :D

    Thanks for a great idea!

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    11 months ago

    Ha! Just the other day I was telling my kids I hate our toaster because it always burns my fingers... This will be the perfect project for them to rescue their father with. lol

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    1 year ago

    I have had my "toaster tongs" for over 35 years now; albeit with slight variations. Tongue depressors were freely given by my family doctor. The separator was a cork! I still use it, from time to time when the bread being toasted does not pop up sufficiently to use my fingers.

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    1 year ago

    Good Job -- Great 'ible and very clear. We used these as a marketing item, keeps our name and number in front of clients. Call them "Toast Tongs". If you have access to wood workshop, you can make the spacer from scrap wood, router table to round the edge to match the curve of the sticks, then chop saw or band saw to cut to length. Glue up and go. BTW tongue depressors are far superior to craft stix for being straight and without warps.

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    Penolopy Bulnicktony1

    Reply 1 year ago

    Nice idea! I like promotional things that are actually helpful, I think all my rubber jar opener thingies are from companies like that.

    Scrap wood is a good material for sure. Paige did that and they looked great https://www.instructables.com/id/Toaster-Tongs/ I also debated just cutting off the ends of the sticks and using them in between the two long ones, but just thought for this it would be an unnecessary waste sicne I wouldn't be using the rest of the stick. But, then it would all be rounded.

    I did look at tongue depressors back when I did the popsicle stick playing cards, but I couldn't justify getting them since they were more expensive. They are definitely a good choice too :)


    1 year ago

    Nice idea, but can't you just pull up on the lever? They pop up and you can just catch them. Nice idea for the temperature and electrical insulation.

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    Penolopy BulnickGTO3x2

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah, for sure. This is pretty much all for temp for me, I hate burning my fingertips trying to pull things out and transfer them to plates quickly.

    Penolopy Bulnickkeets

    Reply 1 year ago

    Me too! And so cheap and easy that if they break it's no big deal.