Okay: let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat. I have never referred to anything as a popsicle in my real life. They are ice creams or icy poles in my world and that is all. But when it comes to the sticks that keep them upright I much prefer popsicle sticks. It just has a much better ring to it and also uses fewer letters (I’m a lazy typist, what can I say?). So now that we’ve got that explanation out of the way this lovely little shelf DIY was made with popsicle sticks. I know, crazy right?
I used one packet of crafting popsicle sticks (at this point I’m just enjoying the way that sounds in my head) but I would definitely recommend using two packets as it makes a very narrow shelf. It pays to think about what you would want to put on the shelf when making it — it was wide enough for nail polish but too narrow for my small potted plants. I also made a quick wood stain out of coffee but you could buy a proper wood stain or even paint the shelf to suit your tastes.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Popsicle sticks
- Super glue (I used a hot glue gun but super glue would make it way more permanent)
- Coffee & water (or wood stain)
- Coffee filter
- Paint brush
HOW YOU MAKE IT:
- Start by laying out three sides of your hexagon (you’ll keep doing it in layers of 3) using other popsicle sticks to make sure it is balanced.
- Add a drop of glue to either end of each new piece and connect your original pieces.
- Press down hard to make sure they’re glued.
- Repeat in layers of 3 until you have your desired thickness.
- Let your glue dry completely.
- To make a wood stain out of coffee, mix 1 cup of dark, finely ground coffee with 1 cup of boiling water.
- Stir and let sit for 30-60 minutes until completely cooled.
- Pour into a new container through a coffee filter to remove any coffee chunks leftover.
- Paint a couple of layers of the stain onto your wood until you get your desired colour.
- Allow to dry completely and hang on the wall.