I was itching for a new craft to try one day and while surfing...(you guessed it) Pinterest I came across DIY Popsicle Bracelet tutorials. I pinned a few and moved on to another craft. As the days and weeks went by each day someone new had saved and liked the pin. Over and over again this happened. I finally decided to do the project myself.
craft sticks (jumbo craft sticks-just make sure your pot is larger enough)
accessories to decorate bracelets-glitter, paint, Mod podge, etc.
Step 1: Bring the pot to a boil.
Step 2: Add popsicle sticks. Note: I broke a few in the upcoming steps so I would place a few extras in just in case.
Let sticks boil 20-30 minutes.
Step 3: Gather your glass jars. It's best to choose jars that are about the size of a wrist. Once time is up remove sticks from the water one at time. Slowly bend sticks and work them into the jars. Because they are bracelets be sure to work them in where the ends come close to touching so that the bracelet fits well on a wrist. (I now see I won't be able to use a few that are drying-too big.) Be sure to work slow so you don't break any. Let them dry for 24 hours.
Once the bracelets had dried I realized I had 4 bracelets that I could use.
Photo Strip: In Microsoft word I cut and copied pictures side by side that I wanted to use and shrunk them to the size of the popsicle stick (less than an inch).
After carefully cutting the photo strip out, spread a layer of mod podge on the bracelet. Slowly place the photo strip on the bracelet being careful not to get mod podge on your fingers and then touch the pictures. Let bracelet dry for about 15 minutes. Once dry sand down the edges of the bracelets.
For one of the bracelets I used a page from a Dr. Seuss book that I had previously used pages for a book wreath. I used a popsicle stick to measure where I wanted the pictures to go on the bracelet.
These bracelets are for my daughter and her best friend since Kindergarten. What a sweet way to show some love to a friend or family member.