Making simple crafts for kids is a great way to have some creative fun with your kids during the summer months. And when it comes to finding cute and easy crafts for kids during the summer, patriotic projects are always a good choice! Whether you’re making a 4th of July craft or just looking for ways to pass the time on a hot summer day, your kids will love this easy popsicle stick star craft!
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These cute popsicle stick stars are the perfect craft for the summer! On top of being easy to make, your kids will have a blast using glitter to decorate them! But don’t worry — I have an easy way to make crafting with glitter a little less messy.
Looking for more preschool craft ideas? Check out these popsicle stick crafts to find more fun projects to make with your kids.
Popsicle Stick Star
Finding fun kid’s crafts is a great way to enjoy some creative time together with your little ones. And if you have kids of different ages, figuring out how to entertain them all with one project isn’t always easy. Luckily, this simple crat is so easy to make — kids of any age can put it together!
And this project is just easy to make! This popsicle stick star craft can be put together with just a a few supplies — all of which can be found at Dollar Tree! To make your own craft stick stars, you’ll need:
- Popsicle sticks: You can use any size sticks to make your stars. The size of the sticks will determine how big or small your stars are. We used small popsicle sticks to make our stars.
- Glue: I found that hot glue is the easiest way to get your popsicle sticks to stick together. But if you’re making this craft with younger kids, you can also use plain white glue. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to hold the sticks in place while the glue dries to ensure they don’t pull apart from each other while you’re putting your star together. In addition to glue for building the stars, you’ll also need glue to decorate them. You can use plain white school glue or Mod Podge to decorate the stars with glitter.
- Glitter: One simple way to keep the glitter mess under control when you’re crafting with the sparkly stuff is to use glitter shakers. These mini bottles from the dollar store keep the glitter contained in the bottle. All your kids have to do is shake them to decorate the top of their stairs.
- Coffee filters or paper plates: My other trick for containing the mess when crafting with glitter is to use a coffee filter or paper plate. Anything that has at least a little bit of a lip on the side. Simply place your finished popsicle stick stars in the coffee filter while your kids are adding the glitter, then toss the filters when you’re done.
Now that you know what you’ll need, gather up your supplies and get started on your own stars with popsicle sticks right now!
How to Make a Star of Popsicle Sticks
Turning your popsicle sticks into a star is so easy! Just follow these quick steps to make some adorable stars for the 4th of July.
To use popsicle sticks to make a star, all you have to do is form a star shape with your sticks. Start by making a triangle shape with two sticks, leaving the bottom of the triangle open. Try not to make the triangle too wide at the bottom of the sticks won’t fit together as you’re adding the remaining pieces of your star.
After forming your triangle, glue the two sticks together at the top where they overlap. Once the glue is dry on that spot, make an X with two more sticks on top of your triangle. Glue the sticks together on the bottom of your triangle to hold the X in place. If it seems wobbly, you can also glue the sticks together at the center of the X and at the spots where the sticks intersect on each side of the star.
Depending on how stiff your sticks are, building the X on top of the star might not work. If that’s the case, you can cross one stick on top of the triangle and the other stick on the bottom of the triangle. After that, glue the sticks on place at each spot where the intersect.
The final piece of the star puzzle is the center stick. Where you place this stick will be based on how you made your center X. If you placed one stick on top and one stick on bottom, simply place the final horizontal stick on the top of your star and glue it in place.
If both pieces of your X are on top of the star, then the last horizontal piece needs to be glued on the bottom of the star to keep the pieces of the X in place.
Once the glue is dry on all the intersections of your popsicle stick star, you can start decorating! We used glitter to decorate our stars to add a patriotic look and give them some sparkle.
Like I mentioned above, to keep the mess under control, try placing your popsicle stick stars in a coffee filter, making sure the edges of the filter are standing up to contain the glitter.
To decorate your popsicle sticks with glitter, start by coating the front of the star with glue. We used a paint brush to spread the glue evenly over the top of each popsicle stick.
Working quickly, sprinkle the glitter over the top of the wet glue. It’s important to do this step pretty fast because the glitter won’t stick if the glue dries and hardens. Continue sprinkling the glitter over the top of the wet glue until the popsicle sticks are completely covered.
After that, all that’s left to do is wait for the glue to dry!
Once the glue has completely dried, carefully lift up your popsicle stick stars and give them a light shake. This will help remove the loose glitter from the front of the star. Hold the star over the coffee filter or the trash can before you shake it so the glitter doesn’t fall off and make a mess.
Popsicle Stick Star Preschool Craft
This adorable star craft is perfect for any preschool lesson! Whether you’re learning about shapes, coolrs, or simply homeschooling during the summer.
And there are so many fun ways your kids can get creative with their popsicle stick stars after they’re finished putting them together! Try these other ideas for decorating the stars as you’re making this craft with your kids.
- Paint the stars. Instead of using glitter, why not paint the stars to give them a unique look? You could use red, white, and blue paint to stick with the patriotic theme. Or decorate the stars with other colors for a fun summer art project.
- Use colorful popsicle sticks. To skip the mess all together, try making your stars with colored popsicle sticks instead of glitter or paint. You can find a package of rainbow popsicle sticks at Dollar Tree that are perfect for this easy craft.
- Decorate them with stickers. Another mess-free way to decorate your wooden stars is with stickers. Let your kids add some color and design to their finished stars with their favorite stickers.
- Add sparkle with sequins. If you’re looking for a way to add sparkle without the mess of glitter, try sequins instead. Paint the glue on the stars, then sprinkle the sequins over the top of the glue. You might need to lightly press the sequins into the glue to get them to stick. Then, let the glue dry completely.
- Use glittler glue. Glitter glue is another simple way to add some sparkle to your star craft without making a mess. Spread the glitter glue over the stars and let them dry completely to easily add some color and sparkle to the craft.
Printable 4th of July Party Decor
- 5 popsicle sticks
- Form the top of a triangle with two sticks, leaving the bottom of the triangle open. Glue the two sticks together at the point.
- Create an X in the center of the triangle shape, with one piece of the X under the triangle and the other piece of the X on top. Secure the sticks in place with glue where the intersect.
- Glue a popsicle stick horizontally to the top of the X. Secure the stick in place with glue where the sticks intersect.
- Allow the glue on the star to dry completely, then brush glue over the front of the entire star.
- Sprinkle glitter over the top of the glue while it's still wet.
- Allow the glue to dry completely, then shake the star to remove the extra glitter from the top.
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!