You’ve devoured an entire flavor pack of popsicles, but what do you do with the sticks? Instead of tossing these wood guys aside, save them to stir paint or make some magnets! Four reasons to save your sticks:
Protect A Dinner Table. Next time you’re making fajitas, safely bring the scalding skillet directly to the table by making a popsicle stick trivet. Simply crisscross your sticks to create a two-layer square. The sticks will protect your table from heat damage, so you can place a hot plate or skillet on the table. For a new skillet treat, try Paella. This Spanish dish consists of seafood, rice and vegetables. What else will you bring to your table?
Stir A Paint Can. When your paint can has been stagnant for too long, the chemicals inside tend to separate into layers. To keep your wall color even, use a popsicle stick to stir your paint before you break out the brushes! Open your can, and then stir your paint until all the swirls are gone and the color looks even. It takes roughly 200 strokes to achieve a smooth, even color. For more painting tips and best practices, read: Interior Painting – Color Choice and Quick Tips.
Make Hand Painted Magnets. Add color to the front of your refrigerator with easy-to-make hand painted magnets. All you need are a handful of popsicle sticks, acrylic paint, a brush, magnets, scissors and a hot glue gun. Tip: Instead of buying new magnets, cut up old promotional magnets you already own. This project is kid-friendly and quick! Simply paint, cut and glue! For a full tutorial, visit Pure and Noble. What other crafts can you create with popsicle sticks?
Label Your Herb Garden. Instead of playing the guessing game in your herb garden, label your plants with popsicle sticks! They’re an inexpensive alternative to store-bought garden tags and can be equally attractive. Keep it simple by scribbling your plants moniker with markers, or get crafty by painting the sticks with DIY chalkboard paint and labeling them with colored chalk. If licking enough sweet treats to fill your garden sounds daunting, buy them instead! You can buy a bag of 100 sticks for less than $5 on Amazon.com.