You know those packs of coloured popsicle sticks that you can buy in the craft section at the dollar store? I keep buying them. And I’ll be honest. I have NO idea what crafts I’m supposed to do with them!? I’m a pretty crafty person, but those usually leave me pretty stumped. When my kids are looking for a craft, I usually give them a few coloured popsicle sticks, pass them a bottle of glue, some pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes and see what they come up with. lol We get some VERY strange looking cats and a whole lot of magic wands!
But you know what those coloured popsicle sticks are absolutely amazing for? Like over-the-top-pretty and makes-me-want-to-make-them-in-every-colour awesome? (Did you like my grammar there?) Making tree shaped Christmas ornaments! You would think I could come up with a different idea after making popsicle stick Christmas trees last year, but I found a different way to make them, and I’m pretty excited about it. These new ones look amazing! Maybe even better than last year’s?
I’m a sucker for bright colours. And rhinestones. I mean come on, who doesn’t love rhinestones!? (Even if you have no idea what to do with them but can’t resist buying a package of those sparkling gems just because they’re… well… just so pretty!)
When my 6 year old saw the pack of sparkly dollar store sticker rhinestones, no word of a lie, she enthusiastically said “Ooooo! Sparkly!!” You could just tell that on the inside she was basking in the beauty of the untouched package of 500 perfectly lined up sparkling sticker rhinestones. Or maybe that was me?
Don’t let the idea of cutting the popsicle sticks scare you off. It’s really not that hard. The kids won’t be able to do it themselves, but once you figure out how to score them and get them to snap, they come together really quickly!
Check out our video for how to make Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees:
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Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
Here’s what you’ll need:
I bought the rhinestones and the popsicle sticks from the dollar store. I splurged a little on the sparkly foam sticker stars and bought them at the craft store. But if you’re feeling frugal you can just cut stars out of yellow sparkly paper like I did on last years popsicle stick Christmas trees.
You’re going to want 5 different sizes of popsicle stick pieces cut to 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, and 3″ lengths.
To cut the popsicle sticks, use a utility knife (I used my craft knife. I can’t find the exact one on Amazon, but it’s similar to these ones) and score the popsicle sticks on both the front and back. I say “score” but really I mean give it a good cut into the wood as hard as you can a couple times. You probably won’t make it all the way through, but that’s okay.
You have to make sure you score it on both sides of the popsicle stick or it won’t snap evenly.
Then after you’ve done that, it just breaks apart really easily when you bend it. I was surprised how clean of a break it was. No jagged edges or anything.
Using a scrap piece of popsicle stick, maybe about 1/2″ long, add a generous glob of hot glue and sandwich a small piece of twine between the purple popsicle stick “trunk” and the small scrap. You can see the scrap piece better in the next photo.
Evenly space out all of your popsicle stick pieces on the purple popsicle stick then use a glue gun to attach them to the “trunk”.
Now the moment you’ve been waiting for. Go crazy with those glittery sticker rhinestones and decorate your popsicle stick Christmas tree!
I used sparkly foam sticker stars for the stars on the trees, but since the star was bigger than the top of the tree I decided to glue it to the top rather than peeling off the sticker backing. I didn’t want to have a big area of stickiness that wasn’t attached to anything.
Aren’t they pretty?!
I made them with pom poms too. (I just used the glue gun to glue to attach the pom poms).
But I just love how they look with the rhinestones. You can’t go wrong with having a bit of extra sparkle at Christmas time!
All the glittery goodness makes me smile. And my kids love them. Theirs are COVERED in rhinestones. haha
Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
- 3 Green Popsicle Sticks
- 1 Purple Popsicle Stick
- 4 " of Twine
- Sticker Rhinestones
- Glittery Foam Star Stickers
- Hot Glue
- Cut the green popsicle sticks into 6 pieces in 1/2", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2" and 3" lengths.
- To cut the popsicle sticks, firmly cut into the popsicle stick on both sides of the popsicle stick a few times. Then bend it and it should cleanly snap apart where you scored it.
- Add a generous glob of hot glue on the end of the purple popsicle stick, place both ends of the twine on top of the glue, then sandwich the 1/2" piece of green popsicle stick on top to hold the twine hanger in place.
- Line up the remaining 5 green popsicle stick pieces evenly on the purple popsicle stick and glue them in place with hot glue.
- Use hot glue to attach the sparkly foam sticker star.
- Decorate your tree with the glittery rhinestones!
These popsicle stick Christmas trees are SO EASY to make and they’re so beautiful! The kids will need your help with cutting the popsicle sticks, but other than that they should be able to do the rest themselves. I’m pretty sure they’ll love decorating their little trees with the rhinestones!
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