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Jumaat, Ogos 06, 2010

How to Reuse Popsicle Sticks?

Household Tips

Emergency Splint for a Finger
You've got a kid with an apparent broken finger and you're on the way to the emergency room. Use a Popsicle stick as a temporary splint for the finger. Tape it on with adhesive tape to help stabilize the finger until it can be set.

Skewer Kids' Food
It's more fun to eat food if you get to play with it first, as the parents of many picky eaters know. Popsicle sticks are good to have in your bag of tricks at mealtime. Skewer bites of hot dog, pineapple, melon, and more. Or give kids a stick and have them spread their own peanut butter and jelly.

Keep Track of Paint Colors
You're out in the garage searching through the cans of leftover paint. Did you paint the living room with a paint called Whipped Cream or Sand? Don't get mixed up again. After you've painted a room, dip a Popsicle stick in the can. Let it dry. Write the name of the paint and the room where it was used on the stick. Now you'll know what color to use when it's time to paint again. These guides can also help a home decorator pick out fabrics and decorative items.

Popsicle as Paint Stirrers
These are terrific little paint stirrers. When you need to mix colors or just mix the paint in a bottle, a Popsicle stick is the perfect choice!

Trivets from Popsicle Sticks
Glue a bunch of these together and you can even paint them with a pretty metallic gold or silver. They make awesome trivets to keep those hot plates from scorching your table!

Reuse Popsicle Sticks as Bookmarks
They make great little bookmarks. Just pop in your book and save your place!

Educational Counters
They are a great way to learn counting. They work just as well as the expensive counters you can purchase at the teacher store, and they are free! They help teach addition and subtraction to even the youngest of fans!

Teach Letters to Future Writers
Popsicle sticks are just the thing for spreading finger paint. Or, for a fun way to help youngsters practice their letters, let them use Popsicle sticks to write letters in a pile of shaving cream, whipped cream, or pudding.

Gardening Tip

Label your plantings
Is that parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme popping up from your garden? Remember what you planted by using Popsicle sticks as plant labels. Just write the type of seeds you planted on the stick with indelible marker.

Craft Projects

Reuse Popsicle Sticks as Puzzles
You can use as many or as few as you'd like. Place them together side by side and draw your picture with permanent markers. Color and then disassemble the puzzle. Now take turns putting the puzzle together. For a more challenging puzzle, draw another picture on the back side too. It will be difficult to figure out which pieces go for which side!

Make Picture Frames
What child has not created a Popsicle stick picture frame? But you can go further than just that. Create one and add a magnet to the back. Stick it to the fridge, or to a file cabinet at work. Make them as gifts or just to commemorate a special memory! Instructions

Make Pen and Pencil Holders
Glue them together to create a fun and crafty pen and pencil holder. Kids love to do this craft!

Make a Basket
It only takes about 45 minutes for first time you make it... Next time, you'll be done in less than 30 minutes. And they are strong. Step by step picture instructions...

Popsicle Sticks as Puppet Handles
You can use Popsicle sticks to glue to paper plates for the handles of puppets and masks. You can even use the Popsicle sticks themselves as little puppets. Just decorate with yarn for hair, google eyes and markers. Instructions to make a gorilla, pumpkin head

Kitchen Utensil Holder

Really simple and cheap craft project. Great as gift for Mothers' day also. Instructions

Business Card Holder
Kids can decorate these charming Popsicle stick business card holders with stars, other Woodsie shapes, markers, felt, paint or construction paper. Instructions

Popsicle Sticks Purse
The project was easy enough that it would make a fun kid craft for summer. If you're capable of gluing one popsicle stick on top of another then you can probably handle this project. We're not talking mapping the human genome or designing an artificial heart people, it's just a purse made out of wooden sticks. The hardest part will be eating all those popsicles... Instructions

Make a Biplane
Step back in time to December 1903 when the Wright brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. You and your biplane are there with this diorama! Instructions

Make Note Holder
Piece together your very own stylish note holder. Get creative and come up with other flowers you could form and paint. Instructions

Extras: Unique Popsicle Recipes

Homemade popsicles can reduce the trash we toss, save money (both on boxes and gas to the store), and help to save resources. Also, homemade pops are cool (no pun intended) because you can make them healthy, organic, and without preservatives. Or you can indulge and make extra luscious pops if you feel like it. Lastly pops are a fun experiment. Kids love to try out different combos. You may even be able to get your little to eat healthy foods like veggies in ice pop form. Link to recipes


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