How to make a popsicle stick shelf

Luckily, the item that allows popsicles and ice cream bars to be portable, the popsicle stick, is also a crafting tool that has a million uses. The wooden popsicle sticks required for this project get magically transformed, with the aid of some hot glue, into a stylish and mod mini-shelf. Fortunately, you’re not required to eat dozens of popsicles in a hurry in order to complete the project; the sticks can easily be bought in bulk at the craft store.
The end product is ideal for displaying special items, a miniature succulent or a small bud vase with a single bloom. It can also adorn many locales in the house, from a bookshelf or table to a wall space. The shelf’s light-toned wood and simple, spare lines convey a Scandinavian simplicity, but who’s to say you couldn’t coat the popsicle sticks with paint or a rhinestone here and there if your taste runs more toward the bling-loving?
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Materials
- 75-80 wooden popsicle sticks
- Hot glue gun
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Instructions
1. Lay out 6 popsicle sticks on the work surface, so they form a triangle, with two sticks forming the bottom of the triangle and two sticks forming each side of the triangle.
2. Make sure the stick ends overlap a bit on top of each other.
3. Apply a few dots of hot glue to the end of one of the sticks that has another stick end resting on top of it.
4. Place that upper-oriented end on top of the one below it with the glue on it and affix them together.
5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all of the popsicle stick ends are glued together.
6. This process (steps 1-5) will be repeated 10-12 times, and the triangles will be layered in levels on top of each other.
7. Once the glue is dry for the triangle project, take another 9 or 10 sticks and apply glue to both sides of either ends of each of them.
8. Tuck each of these sticks individually in between the layers of each of triangle’s side pieces and the stick layers that form them. These sticks should be oriented horizontally in the center of the triangle.
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9. Allow the glue to dry.
10. The shelf is now ready to display items.
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