By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
The humble popsicle stick, the foundation of many a children’s craft, is elevated to home decor status with this easy, and fun project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Loew Cornell Simply Art Craft Sticks 1000 pc.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks.
- Acrylic Craft Paint (optional).
Begin by laying your first two popsicle sticks on the top and bottom of the hexagon pattern.
Lay two sticks angled out from the top. Use your hot glue to adhere them to the ends of top stick. Lay two sticks angled out from the bottom stick. Use the hot glue to adhere them to the bottom stick.
Next use the hot glue to adhere the middle of the hexagon together, being sure to overlap each end in the same way.
Now glue a stick across the “gap” formed on both ends of your hexagon by the ends of the angled edge sticks. Continue gluing sticks over the “gaps” on your hexagon, going around all the edges. You will always glue the next stick by adding a dab of glue on the ends of the neighboring sticks, rather than along the length of whole stick.
Be sure to add sticks to all the edges, to keep them the same width–mine are 13 sticks wide.
When you’re finished building your shelf, give it a coat of acrylic craft paint, if you desire, to fancy it up. I had planned to paint mine, and decided I liked the color of the wood.
To hang your shelves, hold them up against the wall, and use a pencil to mark where the two inside top corners are. Drive two finishing nails into the spots on the wall, and then place your shelf over the top of the nails.
Make one accent shelf, or make a whole bunch to hang together. These shelves are simple to make, and go together pretty quickly.