Follow these instructions and you can learn how to make a useful box out of craft sticks. You can leave your craft sticks natural or paint them different colors.
- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
If you want your box painted, it is easiest to paint each craft stick before you glue them together, especially if you want the sticks different colors. Let them dry completely.
Start out by making the bottom of the box. Lay 12 craft sticks evenly, side-by-side, on your work surface. Spread glue on one side of another craft stick and lay it perpendicular on top of your row of 12 sticks, along one of the edges where it will lay across all 12 sticks. Glue another craft stick similar to the first on the other edge of the row or sticks. Repeat these steps to make a lid for your box.
Now you can start building up the sides of your box. Put a dab of glue on both ends of two different craft sticks. Set each of these, glue side down, so the ends rest on the ends of the two craft sticks you glued on to the bottom of the box.
Now, dab glue on the ends of two more craft sticks and lay them so the glued ends rest on top of the two you just glued on. Continue alternating craft sticks until your box grows to the height you want it.
For a nice finishing touch, glue a wooden craft knob on the top center of your lid. You can also glue 4 beads to the bottom corners of the box to give it legs.