How to Make a Coffee Table out of Popsicle Sticks
Making a coffee table out of popsicle sticks is a fun DIY project that allows you to customize and personalize a practical furniture piece for your home. With just a few simple supplies and some patience, you can create a beautiful and functional coffee table that will be a conversation starter.
Gather Your Materials
The primary component for this project is, of course, popsicle sticks. You’ll need several thousand sticks to create a sturdy tabletop and base. Wood glue is also essential to adhere the sticks together. Other supplies include:
- Plywood or particle board for the tabletop and shelves
- Wood screws and wood glue for assembly
- Sandpaper to smooth and finish the wood
- Wood stain, paint, or polyurethane for protecting and decorating the table
Make sure to have a work area with good ventilation and surfaces that can withstand spills from wood glue and stain. Safety gear like gloves, eye protection, and dust masks are recommended when working with power tools and finishing materials.
Construct the Table Base
The base provides sturdiness and structure for your popsicle stick coffee table. There are a few options for the base design:
This traditional coffee table base is made from two crossed wood boards attached with wood screws. Plywood or particle board cut to size works well for the base. Make sure the base is slightly smaller than your planned tabletop size.
Box Frame Base
You can build a simple box frame out of wood boards and attach the top. This offers storage space underneath for magazines, blankets, or other items.
Popsicle Stick Base
For a base made completely from popsicle sticks, glue sticks together side-by-side and layer the rows. Allow to fully dry before attaching the tabletop. The base will need to be very thick – up to 4 inches – to adequately support a tabletop.
Create the Tabletop
The fun part is arranging and gluing all of the popsicle sticks to make your tabletop! There are a few techniques to try:
Gluing sticks in a tiled pattern, alternating the direction in rows, creates a beautiful mosaic look.
The herringbone pattern with sticks overlapping at angles gives a playful zigzag design.
Mixing in popsicle sticks of different colors creates exciting visual texture and patterns. Or, stain or paint sticks first before gluing down.
Shapes and Images
Get creative with the stick placement! Outline shapes or images using stained sticks for a personalized tabletop design.
Frame the outer edges with sticks placed vertically or at an angle for a polished look.
Take it slow when glueing sticks – working section by section allows adequate drying time. Use weights or clamps to hold sticks in place while glue dries.
Finish and Protect the Table
Adding protective finishes will help your popsicle stick table withstand daily wear and tear.
- Sand the tabletop and base thoroughly to ensure a smooth surface. Start with coarse sandpaper, working up to fine grit.
- Wipe away dust, then apply wood conditioner to prep and seal the wood.
- Use stain, paint, or polyurethane to protect and decorate the table. Allow sufficient drying time between coats.
- Attach the tabletop to the base using wood glue and screws.
- Add felt pads to the bottom of the base to prevent floor scratches.
With care and effort, your homemade popsicle stick coffee table will last for years! Customize it to match your home’s style and enjoy a handcrafted furniture piece.