For several months I have been looking at those fancy, rustic-looking wall shelves. Unfortunately, I could never bring myself to buy them because they are well out of my price range. Luckily for me I realized that I could make them myself and I didn't even need a hammer!
This craft is incredibly easy and looks incredible afterwards. So sit down for an therapeutic afternoon of gluing popsicle sticks together and get excited for an awesome new decoration!
- popsicle sticks,
- glue (hot glue is sturdier and faster but you can also use white glue especially if you are working with younger kids),
- Optional: print and paper,
- Optional: varnish and paint brush
- Align your first layer of popsicle sticks into a hexagon shape (if you want an extra hand you an print off the hexagon template below).
- In order to keep the shelf together you need to connect the popsicle sticks. If the edges are labelled A, B, C, D, E, F in a circle, then lay the popsicles for edges A, C, and E flat on the paper and lay the popsicle for edges B, D, and F on top so that the points overlap.
- Stack popsicle sticks like this by gluing the corners as you go. I used hot glue because it is faster and dries more secure, but white glue would also work and is safer for younger children.
- Continue to stack the popsicle sticks until you reach the desired depth of the shelf. I made my shelves 15 popsicle sticks deep on each side.
- Then hang them on the wall. Making these shelves out of popsicle sticks makes them quite light so I was able to use wall stickers to hang them up.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Hexagon Template B&W