These popsicle stick bracelets are a Kool-Aid craft. They’re a popsicle stick craft. They’re a totally COOL craft.
Kool-Aid Dyed Popsicle Stick Bracelets
- Popsicle sticks – Not the kind you buy from the craft store. We need the ones you’ve been saving all summer. You know, the ones with cherry stain on the end. Don’t worry, we’re going to fix that!
- Kool-Aid packet – Cherry or Strawberry work nicely. But use whatever flavor you can find.
- Hot water
- Tall glass
- Juice glass
You’ve probably seen popsicle stick bracelets all over Pinterest and YouTube. They’re pretty awesome! Well that’s exactly what this is, but with one vibrant twist: they’re dyed with Kool-Aid!
Prepare the Sticks
- Fill a tall glass with hot water. Hot water from the tap is fine. Just make sure it’s as hot as you can get it.
- Dissolve one packet of Kool-Aid into the water. Stir really well.
- Add a bunch of popsicle sticks to the water. Don’t crowd them, but you can probably do 6-8, even in the skinniest glass. BTW, ice tea glasses work really well for this project because they’re taller than the popsicle sticks.
- Your sticks will float to the top. Just put a plate on top of the glass. And don’t worry if the sticks aren’t totally submerged. The sticks will actually suck-up the Kool-Aid!
- Leave the sticks in the water to soften up for at least 3-4 hours. I left mine in overnight. Also, the longer you leave it in there, the brighter your color will be.
Make Your Bracelet
- Remove a stick from the water and gently bend it into a bracelet shape. I start at one end, bend a little bit, then move to another section, bend a little more, and then keep going down the entire craft stick. We’re breaking up the wood fibers in the stick so we can mold it into a bracelet shape. Do not worry if you break a few craft sticks. One or two out of the bunch are surely going to break, especially if this is your first time trying this craft.
- Once your stick feels pliable, bend it into a bracelet shape and then put it into a small glass, like a juice glass. Use the inside of the glass to shape the bracelet.
- Let the bracelet dry inside the glass for 24 hours.
- Pop the bracelet out of the glass and onto your child’s wrist!
Popsicle sticks aren’t really long, which means they make tiny bracelets, so it fits perfectly on a child’s wrist. If you want to make a grownup version, you’ll need to use jumbo craft sticks from the craft store. Or you could swipe some tongue depressers from the doctor’s office!