Yes, I got way crafty. Have you seen those popsicle stick bracelets you can make? They’re very cute, and you bend the popsicle sticks to your will in water and force them to dry in little semi-circles. Then you make them all pretty and just wear them and people faint when they spy them. True story. Just look at Molly Moo’s popscicle stick bracelets.
The problem was, I bent some popsicles sticks, tried them on my wrist, and they were really annoying. Fen thought so, too, so I had several roundish popsicle sticks sitting on a shelf in the basement, staring at me and daring me to make something every time I walked past them.
I couldn’t take it any longer. Those popsicle stick non-bracelets wouldn’t win. So I SLATHERED them in chalkboard paint and slapped them around some glasses and made chalkboard painted drink labels. Yes. No more swapping disgusting deadly germs with drinking partners.
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- Popsicle sticks – wide
- Chalkboard paint
- Straight glasses or something similar to act as the mold. Our glasses were approximately 2 3/4″ in diameter.
You will need lots of popsicle sticks, because when you go to bend them, some are bendable and some prefer to snap. Feel free to swear really loudly and stomp on the ones that break, because they suck.
Anyway, Place about 3 times as many sticks as you need in a pot of water, bring them to a boil and let them simmer for about 30-40 minutes. This will give you time to watch your episode of whatever you taped last night. Like Wheel of Fortune.
You can let them sit longer in the water while you take one out and test it to see if it is pliable.
Here is my bending method: start from the center of the stick, and use both hands to verrry gently bend the stick, working your hands out toward the edges and coaxing it into a semi-circle as you go. The ones you have success with, you can tuck into a glass. These will dry in here overnight.
When they are all nice and dry, remove them and chalkboard paint them. Do inside and out, because the sticks tend to bend a little in the direction of the paint (if that makes sense) and you can sort of balance it out by painting both sides.
That’s pretty much it. When the chalkboard paint dries, write the names of your favorite people or imaginary friends on them with chalk, and have a party.