How to Make a Table From Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Table From Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Table From Popsicle Sticks

Making a table from popsicle sticks is a fun and easy woodworking project that can be done by kids and adults alike with minimal tools and supplies. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a table from popsicle sticks:

Gathering Materials

The main items you’ll need are:

  • Popsicle sticks – The amount needed will depend on the size of the table you want to make. For a small table, you may only need 100-200 sticks. For a larger table, you may need 500+ sticks.

  • Wood glue – Any wood glue like Elmer’s or Titebond works well.

  • Sandpaper – Get a couple sheets of medium (120) and fine (220+) grit sandpaper.

  • A wood board for the base – A 1/4″ thick plywood board or other thin board will work. The size depends on your desired table dimensions.

  • Paint, stain, or polyurethane (optional) – For finishing the table.

You’ll also need basic tools like:

  • A ruler and pencil for marking measurements.

  • Scissors or wire cutters for cutting sticks.

  • A clamp to hold pieces together while glue dries.

  • Sandpaper for smoothing.

Constructing the Table

The main steps are:

1. Plan Out the Design

Decide on the size and shape you want for the top. A simple square or rectangle top is easiest. The popsicle sticks will be arranged side-by-side to make up the tabletop surface.

Sketch out a diagram with measurements to visualize how the sticks will be positioned. Allow about 1/4″ spacing between each stick.

2. Prepare the Sticks

Cut the popsicle sticks to the desired lengths with scissors or wire cutters.

Make sure the ends are smooth and flat. Lightly sanding the ends can help remove any splinters or uneven edges.

3. Attach Sticks to Build Tabletop

Apply a thin layer of wood glue to the side of each popsicle stick.

Position the sticks side-by-side on a flat work surface, spacing them about 1/4″ apart as planned.

Use a clamp to hold the sticks in place. Allow the glue to fully dry per the label directions.

Once dry, add another layer of sticks in the opposite direction, rotating each stick 90 degrees to create a crosshatch pattern. Again glue and clamp in place while drying.

4. Sand for Smooth Surface

Sand the entire tabletop surface with medium grit sandpaper to smooth any ridges.

Finish by sanding with a fine grit to polish the surface.

Be sure to sand WITH the direction of the wood grain for best results.

5. Attach Tabletop to Base

Center the popsicle stick tabletop on your prepared base board. Attach from underneath using wood glue and a few small nails or screws.

Let the glue fully dry before proceeding.

6. Finish the Table (Optional)

Apply stain, paint, or polyurethane as desired to seal and finish the table.

Consult the product directions as drying times vary.

Once fully dry, your popsicle stick table is ready to use and enjoy!

Design Variations

  • Make a mosaic pattern by alternating popsicle stick colors.

  • Use thicker craft sticks for a more rustic look.

  • Shape the top into a circle, oval, or other creative shapes.

  • Add decorative elements like pom poms, googly eyes, or colored tissue paper shapes.

  • Stain or paint the sticks before constructing for vibrant colors.

So be creative and have fun building your own popsicle stick table! It makes a great craft project for kids and adults. With just basic tools and materials, you can create a unique DIY furniture piece to decorate your home.