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Popsicle Stick Bracelets: DIY Tutorial

Popsicle Stick Bracelets: DIY Tutorial
This month's Etsy Fort Worth Upcycle THIS! Craft Challenge 'secret ingredient' is popsicle sticks. I have been making popsicles like crazy (and eating them like crazy) so I could use the sticks for this project...you know, so they would be officially 'upcycled'. I'm really excited about the way these cute little bracelets turned out, and I can't wait to show you how I made them! TOOLS & SUPPLIES: • popsicle sticks (1 stick will make 2 bracelets) • craft knife • ruler • power drill with 1/32" drill bit • fine sandpaper (120-240 grit) • round needle file (optional) • container with water • wide rubber bands • cylindrical drinking glass (around 3" in diameter) • paintbrush • toothpick •Krylon Crystal Clear gloss finish spray (optional) • 32" 1mm leather or cord (cut into 2 16 inch pieces) • acrylic paints • *scrapbook paper (small scraps, at least 3/4" x 2 3/4") • *Mod Podge * You can either paint the wood with your own special design, or decoupage using the scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.

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