How To Make A Popsicle Stick Box

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This fun popsicle stick box with lid is a perfect little project for a child to make. It makes a great homemade gift idea or mother’s day present, keeps the kids occupied for a couple of hours and costs hardly anything to make… Definitely a win-win situation.

We made this popsicle stick sewing box with odd buttons and filled it with a variety of needles and thread. But it looks just as good filled with chocolates or you could even make a nice popsicle stick jewelry box decorated with shells or gems.

popsicle stick box

Of course if you add a little more complexity they can be a nice simple craft project for adults to have a go at as well. If you search online you can find a tonne of different popsicle stick craft ideas for kids and for adults, we will definitely be having a go at some more of these little projects, they are such fun!

What You Need

  • Craft or Popsicle Sticks – Where to buy popsicle sticks? I’m ahead of you and got mine from Amazon and you need 65 wooden tongue depressors or 80 popsicle sticks
  • PVA Glue
  • Paint
  • Buttons, Gems or Shells for decorating the lid


Step 1: For this trinket box I chose to use tongue depressors rather than popsicle sticks, mainly because that was what I already had to hand, but they are a little stronger.

tongue depressors for stick crafts
Tongue Depressors for Stick Crafts

Step 2: To create the base Lay 8 tongue depresses /14 Popsicle sticks side by side to form a square. At the top of the sticks around 1/2 stick widths down (1 if using Popsicle sticks) glue one stick across them all. Do the same at the bottom and both sides. This should give you a good sturdy base to work from.

making a popsicle stick box step 1

Step 2: Build up the box by layering up the sticks on each side as shown in the picture.

making a popsicle stick box step 2

Gluing each stick down as you lay it. I’ve used 44 sticks in total (11 each side) but you can continue layering if you’d prefer to make it deeper.

making a popsicle stick box step 3

Step 3: For the lid Lay 5 tong depresses / 12 Popsicle sticks side by side. About one sick width from the end, lay one stick across them all and secure with glue. Do the same at the other end.

making a popsicle stick box step 4

Step 4: Tong depresses and Popsicle sticks can vary in quality and thickness, if you feel you need to strengthen your base, glue three sticks across the bottom on the box. To strengthen the lid, cut a depressor/ Popsicle stick to width size (they should cut easily with a pair of scissors) turn the lid upside down and glue the stick across the middle.

making a popsicle stick box step 5

Step 5: Glue a large button, shell or gem in the centre of the lid for the handle then decorate with Buttons, Gems or Shells.

making a popsicle stick box step 6
popsicle stick trinket box

Placing a simple or practical homemade jewelry gift into one of these pretty Popsicle stick boxes will defiantly put a smile on the recipients face.


Of course, you don’t have to give these handy little homemade trinket boxes away; they look great dotted around the house giving a unique homely look and feel.

What will you put in yours? This will help you decide on a decoration theme.

Discussion (1 Comments)

  1. Hi Angela looks great so I’m after making something with my sticks I have around 800 and also about 2500 1 inch cubes so if you can help me out I would be very grateful for some help many thanks Peter.


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