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Rustic Tree Popsicle Stick Ornament Tutorial
My kids are in their teens, so my ornament craft is geared for kids that are a little older. But don’t let that stop you from creating this Rustic Tree Popsicle Stick Ornament with the younger crowd. Just make sure there is an adult present to help with the harder portions of the tutorial.
It’s so hard to find crafts that are geared towards the tween/teen crowd and I was so excited that my girls wanted to help create these ornaments. We had so much fun that we created three different Rustic Popsicle Stick Tree Ornaments and plan on making more! Two were made with large popsicle sticks and one with regular popsicle sticks. Although, for the sake of this tutorial I will focus on creating the base of the tree using large popsicle sticks. I’ll let you decide on how to decorate your popsicle stick tree, but give suggestions at the bottom of the post for decorations.
- 6 – Large popsicle sticks
- 1 – Wooden Star – 1 1/4″
- Hot glue gun/glue sticks
- Exacto knife or mini saw
- White glitter
- Ribbon or string
- Paint – green, brown, yellow or red
- Paint brushes
- Mod Podge
- Sandpaper – fine grit
- Various decorations to decorate the tree (optional as you can use paint to decorate the tree)
Cut popsicle sticks (an adult should do this portion):
For the stem – cut the tip off the stick so that it measures approximately 5 5/16″.
For the base – cut one stick into a 2″ length and 3″ length
For the branches – you will need to cut four sticks. Each stick will be cut into a different length of 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and 5 1/4″.
To cut the sticks, I used an Exacto knife and ruler to score the sticks several times. I then pressed on the score lines to break the sticks on the lines. Use a pencil to label the sticks so you know where it goes. Cut all the sticks before moving on to the next step.Here is where my girls jumped. They painted all the pieces for the ornament – green for the branches, brown for the stem and base, and yellow for the star. Paint the front and back of each piece and let it dry.
Distress the popsicles with a fine grit sandpaper to remove some of the paint.
Glue the base pieces together. Use a large glob of glue to attach the trunk to the base. Hold the trunk onto the base until the glue is able to hold the trunk in place.
Glue the ornament loop on and place the star on top. We were so excited to finish these oraments that we forgot to put the loop on…don’t forget to add the loop BEFORE you glue the star on! Next glue down all of the branches. Let dry.
Paint Mod Podge around the base of the trunk and star. Sprinkle white glitter glue onto the Mod Podge. Shake off the excess. You can leave the ornament as-is or decorate with your chosen decorations.
Decorate the Rusitc Tree Popsicle Stick Ornament (Optional):
If making this with younger kids, substitute hot glue with regular craft glue.
Suggestions for tree decorations:
- self adhesive cork
- paper punch
- embroidery floss
- mini pom poms
- mini buttons
To decorate this tree, my girls used a strand of embroidery floss and glued it in a zig-zag pattern onto the front of the tree. Next, they used a paper punch on a self-adhesive roll of cork and pressed it onto the tree. Super simple!
We needed a tree with snow and used white paint on the tops of each branch. Let the paint dry. Add Mod Podge over the white paint and sprinkle glitter onto it. Shake off excess and let dry. Glue mini buttons onto the branches.
This tree was made with regular sized popsicle sticks. A Happy Holidays sticker was used to decorate the tree.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! How would you decorate your Rustic Tree Popsicle Stick Ornament?
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