30 Easy Crafts From Ice Cream Sticks

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Welcome to a world where imagination knows no bounds and creativity takes shape in the simplest of materials. In the realm of crafting, there’s something truly magical about transforming everyday items, such as ice cream sticks, into works of art, especially when it comes to engaging activities for kids.

Ice cream sticks, those humble little wooden treasures, hold within them the potential to spark joy, ignite innovation, and nurture a love for crafting in children. From colorful popsicle stick sculptures to whimsical creations that stretch the limits of the imagination, these versatile popsicle sticks offer a canvas for young minds to express themselves freely.

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Supplies Needed for Ice Cream Stick Crafts

Kids of all ages will love these ice cream stick activities. With some simple popsicle sticks, their imagination, and a few other supplies, your kids can get crazy with their artistic expressions. 

Basic craft supplies you might need to create these activities with ice cream sticks include:

30 Craft Ideas for Ice Cream Sticks

Ice cream stick crafts have been a popular activity for children for many years. These simple and inexpensive sticks are versatile and can be used to create a wide variety of crafts, making them perfect for kids of all ages.

Enjoy these 30 crafts made of ice cream sticks!

1. Mermaid Popsicle Stick Craft

These fun popsicle stick crafts for kids are perfect for summertime! Create your own cute mermaid by wrapping popsicle sticks in different colored pipe cleaners. Then, add hair, a fin, and other fun details using felt, cardstock, and googly eyes. Finish it off by gluing on a fun outfit design using basic craft supplies!

mermaid popsicle craft for kids

by Kidz Craft Corner

2. Make an Adorable Scarecrow Craft

Although scarecrows scare off crows, they don’t have to scare your kids. This adorable scarecrow project requires five large wood craft sticks, construction paper, two googly eyes, glue, yarn, and a black marker. With the amount of gluing needed, younger children might need assistance. 

scarecrow craft

by Kidz Craft Corner

3. Unicorn Made of Popsicle Stick Crafts

This unicorn popsicle craft is so much fun to make and is a great way to use up those leftover popsicle sticks! Start by creating a unicorn and then attaching it to your jumbo craft stick! If your older kids love creating DIY crafts out of simple sticks, this is a great project for them!

puppet unicorn

by Kidz Craft Corner

4. Popsicle Stick Reindeer

This reindeer popsicle stick craft for kids makes for the best Christmas ornaments! If you are looking for a great Christmas craft, look no further! This simple craft entails painting popsicle sticks and then creating this adorable reindeer.

This is a great craft for old and young kids alike! So grab your hot chocolate and turn this fun craft into a family activity.

reindeer craft

by Kidz Craft Corner

Related craft: 27 Easy Reindeer Crafts for Kids

5. Create a Corn on the Cob Craft

This cute ice cream stick craft converts simple brown wood sticks into the cutest corn on the cob. It’s like a cross between a minion and ‘80s McDonald’s cartoon fries. All you need is construction paper, a marker, yellow paint, and some googly eyes. 

corn on the cob craft made of popsicle sticks

by Two Kids and a Coupon

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6. Compile This Cutesy Bird Ice Cream Stick Craft

This cute bird craft is the perfect afternoon spent to welcome the coming of spring. You can paint the popsicle sticks your favorite color or use a plain white base. Or use pre-colored sticks. Along with six ice cream sticks, you’ll also need googly eyes, felt, craft paint, and a brush.

When you are finished, be sure to check out these fun bird feeder crafts!

bird ice cream stick craft

by Reuse Grow Enjoy

7. Hang an Ice Cream Stick Garland Banner

This craft from ice cream sticks can make fun party decor for the spring or summer seasons. A cutting machine like a Cricut will speed up the process, but you can also cut the pieces out by hand. For this craft, you’ll also need twine, glue, ice cream sticks, and colored paper.

ice cream stick banner

by Sustain My Craft Habit

8. Customize Popsicle Stick Picture Frames

This customizable, colorful ice cream stick craft incorporates colorful popsicle sticks glued together to make a platform. And a clothespin makes the perfect holder for your favorite pictures. The easy process is great for kids of all ages. 

ice cream stick frames

by Sustain My Craft Habit

9. Build Bracelets from Popsicle Sticks

You can make these bracelets from 6” long jumbo popsicle sticks. You’ll also need 8-ounce mason jars, tongs, Mod Podge, decorative paper, and basic craft utensils. You will need to boil the sticks for 30 minutes in a saucepan, so you may have to assist or pre-prep for younger children. 

braclet popsicle stick craft

by Crafts By Amanda

10. Yarn Covered Mermaid Popsicle Stick Craft

Your kids can make these cute mermaids with jumbo sticks, yarn, cardstock, tape, a black pen, glue, and scissors. Download and print the mermaid template, cut out all the pieces, wrap the popsicle sticks with yarn, draw your faces, and glue on some hair and a tail. 

mermaid crafts made of popsicle sticks

by In the Playroom

11. Yarn Wrapped Popsicle Stick Pirates

If you have kids who like pirates, they’ll have fun creating and playing with these popsicle stick puppets. Best of all, these pirate puppets do not need a lot of supplies or effort. You’ll need popsicle sticks, glue, a pen, and yarn. The easy assembly makes it great for ages three and up.

pirate puppets made from popsicle sticks

by In the Playroom

12. Assemble a Simple Stick Scarecrow

This scarecrow project can help kids learn their shapes, improve fine motor skills, and grow their imaginations. You’ll need to provide your children with googly eyes, buttons, paper scraps, popsicle sticks, glue, and a black marker.

scarecrow craft made of ice cream sticks

by Red Ted Art

13. Play with a Pastel Popsicle Stick Narwhal

Your kids can convert a few popsicle sticks into a fun fantasy creature without breaking the bank or carving out a lot of spare time. You’ll need jumbo popsicle sticks, wiggle eyes, craft paints, glue, a ruler, scissors, a pencil with a new eraser, and a permanent marker.

blue narwhal made from popsicle sticks

by Mom Does Reviews

14. Convert Popsicle Sticks Into Sunflowers

Are you interested in making popsicle stick flowers? Cut 16 popsicle sticks in half, paint them a sunny yellow, and craft the sunflower’s center from brown foam. Experiment with colored cardboard or heavy-weight cardstock. Add a touch of fun by gluing black buttons at the heart of the sunflower.

Also, slice another jumbo stick in half and paint it a lively light green. Time to bring your popsicle stick flowers to life!

sunflower popsicle stick

by Mom Does Reviews

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15. Glue Together a Butterfly Craft from Ice Cream Sticks

With some popsicle sticks and the free butterfly template, your kids can make this beautiful butterfly craft on a stick. You’ll also need glue, paint, a black marker, scissors, and colored paper. Assembly is easy enough for kids of all ages to create.

Also, be sure to check out our tie-dye butterfly craft, as well as our beaded butterfly!

butterfly made from ice cream sticks

by Simple Everyday Mom

16. Compile These Cute Crayon Characters

These crayon popsicle stick crafts are simple to make and can be great for teaching your children colors. Glue will be your kid’s best friend for these cute crayon crafts. To get started, you’ll need paint, scissors, popsicle sticks, glue, cardstock, and a black marker.

You’ll also need to download the crayon template for the pieces to glue onto the sticks.

crayons made of ice cream sticks

by Simple Everyday Mom

17. Produce an Eagle from Popsicle Sticks

Popsicle sticks and cardstock are the unsung heroes of this eagle craft. You’ll also need your standard craft supplies like glue, scissors, and paint. Print off your template, cut out the pieces, and assemble with glue to design these powerful patriotic birds.

This apple bird feeder craft is also a must-try!

eagle made from ice cream sticks

by Simple Everyday Mom

18. Design These Sparkly Snowflake Projects

You’ll need four ice cream sticks, a paper plate, white craft paint with a paintbrush, a hot glue gun, sequins, and glitter. Your kids can have fun creating these unique ice cream stick snowflakes that are as original as them. 

snowflake crafts

by Two Kids and a Coupon

19. Make These Adorable Snowmen 

If you have kids who love the Frozen movies, they’ll have fun gluing together these adorable Olaf-inspired snowmen. You’ll need to supply ice cream sticks or white craft sticks, googly eyes, paint and brushes, scissors, colored paper, and glue.

Also, be sure to check out these 21 fun snowman crafts for kids!

snowman crafts

by Two Kids and a Coupon

20. Popsicle Stick Craft Owl

This adorable craft stick owl craft is a perfect activity for kids to practice their fine motor skills while also creating something cute and fun. To start this craft, gather the following materials:

– 4 craft sticks
– Scissors
– Glue
– Googly eyes
– Paint
– Paper plate

popsicle stick owl

by ConservaMOM

21. Popsicle Stick Bumble Bee

Buzz into creativity with our buzzing bumble bee popsicle stick craft! Perfect for little hands and big imaginations, this fun and easy DIY project will have your kids buzzing with excitement. Plus, if they’re loving the buzz, be sure to check out our other bumble bee crafts for even more crafting fun!

bumble bee craft made of craft sticks

by Frugal Mom Eh

22. Popsicle Stick Penguin

Isn’t he the cutest popsicle penguin? Grab some popsicle sticks and get to work creating your own little popsicle penguin! When you’re done, try these other fun penguin crafts!

penguin made of popsicle sticks

By The Best Ideas for Kids

23. Ice Cream Stick Frog

Painted popsicle sticks come together to make the cutest little wooden frog ever. Add a long, red, curled paper tongue and a big set of googly eyes to finish the frog. A lily pad underneath completes it. Ribbit!

Also, be sure to check out these cute frog crafts!

popsicle stick frog

by Kids Activities Blog

24. Turn Popsicle Sticks Into a Pirate Ship

This easy craft converts popsicle sticks into a neat pirate ship that your kid can personalize to their tastes. You’ll need some scissors to cut a few pieces up for the top pieces and a piece of paper for the flag. Then all that’s left to supply your kids is some glue.

popsicle stick pirate ship

By Honey I’m Home

25. Dog Houses Can Be Fun When It’s a Craft

You’ll need large and regular sized popsicle sticks, glue, scissors, and paint for this project. And that’s it! You’ll cut and arrange the sticks into the shape of a dog house. Then use red and white paint to decorate the structure. Then use the dog and bone templates to complete the look.

popsicle stick dog house

By Honey I’m Home

26. Be Busy with This Bee Craft

These sweet ice cream stick crafts can be a great way to welcome spring and teach your kids about the importance of bees. You’ll need yellow and black paint, glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, scissors, and plastic milk jugs. 

popsicle stick bee

By Kids Craft Room

27. Pom Pom Turkey Puppets

Your kids will feel thankful and festive with these adorable turkeys on popsicle sticks. You can use them as seat arrangement markers or to inspire your kids to put on a seasonal play. You’ll need several colors of pom poms, craft felt, googly eyes, popsicle sticks, and glue. 

turkey puppets

By The Soccer Mom Blog

28. Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Project

Popsicle sticks are versatile enough to become anything you and your kids can dream up. They make great materials to use for seasonal projects. We love this creative pumpkin popsicle sticks that are perfect for fall projects. And the simplicity of assembly is perfect for younger crafters. You need sticks, paint, stickers, or a marker.

Head here for more Halloween crafts!

ice cream stick pumpkin

By The Soccer Mom Blog

29. Design Witch Hats from Ice Cream Sticks

Ice cream sticks can be great to use during Halloween. You can let your kids have a sweet treat while you’re creating seasonal delights. And once they’re done, let them get witchy with this simple craft. You also need paint, orange ribbon, plastic spiders, glue, and spiderweb scrapbook paper. 

witch craft made from ice cream sticks

By Inspiring Savings

30. Colorful Pom Pom Popsicle Stars

Your kids can use their leftover ice cream sticks or craft sticks to make these neat star crafts. You’ll also need to provide small pom poms, a pen, paper, yarn, glue, and paint or markers. You can also use colored sticks to make it less messy for younger kids.  

popsicle stars

By Kids Craft Room

Try These 30 Popsicle Sticks Crafts for Kids

Whether you have a household of popsicle lovers or you purchase craft sticks at a hobby store, these wood sticks can make great supplies to keep on hand. Not only are they affordable and easy to find, but they can also be used in a variety of ways for kids’ crafts.

So pull out your craft sticks, and let’s get creative! Happy crafting!

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