Decorating with Popsicle Sticks

8 Apr

Decorating with Popsicle Sticks

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been on an HGTV bender lately, particularly picker shows. Well, I’ve added a new show to my list of obsessions – Flea Market Flip. I LOVE this show! The contestants’ creativity is so inspiring and addictive.

Now as much as I love doing projects found on Pinterest or other blogs, I often crave the challenge to create something original from unconventional objects or simply using the bits and pieces I have laying around the house. So in the spirit of Flea Market Flip, I have decided to participate in my own DIY challenge. I have created two sets of flashcard, one set is DIY supplies or mediums (fabric, wood, paint, metal, nature, contents of recycle bin) and the other is themes (fashion, gift, entertaining, art, home decor, outdoor space). So what did I draw for my first challenge? “Wood” and “entertaining.” Because I live in an apartment I don’t have scrap wood laying around and it’s too cold right now to scavenge for wood outside, so that left just one option – popsicle sticks.

For those of you who know me in real life, know that I HATE touching popsicle sticks. They totally give me the willies and I avoid eating anything on a stick. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to fail my first craft challenge, so I decided to suck it up and make something out of this elementary school staple.

Table runner – popsicle stick

Popsicle sticks are incredibly cheap so crafting with them won’t break the bank. With the help of a glue gun, you can create some really interesting geometric patterns with the sticks – I decided to create an easy crisscross pattern. I really liked how it turned out and in the spirit of the theme (entertaining) decided to use it as a table runner.  Paired with a large candle in a vase of stones and some potted succulents, the popsicle stick table runner added some texture and warmth to the centerpiece.

I know the challenge was to create something for entertaining, but after making two runners for the centerpiece, I realized that layered together, they could make a really interesting piece of artwork. The gallery wall now has some much needed texture and the shapes roundness adds some visual symmetry to the vignette.

Entryway – popsicle stick art

Entryway – popsicle stick artclose up

So what do you think of popsicle stick decor? Chic or schoolhouse?

Xoxo, Andi

11 Responses to “Decorating with Popsicle Sticks”

  1. cyndi April 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I love the table runner idea – I’m going to try it!

    • allputtogether April 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Thanks Cyndi! I can’t stress enough how easy it was to make. If you don’t want the natural wood look, you could always spray paint the runner. I plan to do this for the Holidays this year!

      • Cyndi April 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

        I think I want the natural look! Great idea – again. Spray painted wouldn’t be bad either… hmmm maybe for an outdoor do!

  2. Carla Coulson April 11, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Hi Andi, these are both fabulous ideas love the wall art! Be groovy spray painted also, I think very retro chic Brava!
    Carla x
    Hope you get some ideas for your Positano trip from my travel series one of my favourite places in the world! Dreaming of it as I type 🙂

  3. Laura April 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Love this and will definitely try it!!!

  4. Regina August 8, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    what an awesome idea! will definitely try this one! 🙂

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