Modge Podge Wood Bangles

You would never guess by looking at these bracelets that they can be made with three craft staples. Simple and fun! Try different glasses for drying your sticks to find one that fits your wrist well and then make them by the dozen. A perfect summer project!

Things you’ll need:
Wide craft sticks (tongue depressors)
Scrapbook paper
Modge Podge
Foam paintbrush
Craft knife
Glasses or mugs
Container longer than the sticks

Things to do:
1. Fill the long container with a dozen or so sticks and cover with water. Allow the sticks to soak for several hours (probably overnight or at least 8 to 10 hours) to soften them. You can also try boiling them in water for about 15 minutes.
2. Remove one stick from the water and gently work it into a circular shape, Slide the stick into a cup to hold it’s shape. Allow the stick to dry in the cup. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
3. Once the sticks are dry and shaped. Cut strips of paper slightly longer and wider than the sticks.
4. Coat the top of one of the bracelets with a thin layer of Modge Podge and then smooth the paper on, rubbing out any bubbles.
5. Using the craft knife, trim away the excess paper.
6. Allow the Modge Podge to dry for a moment and then add a coat over the paper to seal. Smoothing any wrinkles that form.
7. Once the outer coat is dry, coat the inside of the bracelet with two or three coats of Modge Podge to create a smooth surface and allow it to dry before wearing.

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  1. What a simple yet great looking project, thanks for sharing it. Just have to locate some of those craft sticks now!

  2. Very interesting clever, Ill certainly be giving it a go, another nice gift idea. Thanks for sharing x

  3. what a great idea, cant wait to go to the craft store and get some craft sticks and make some braclets! thanks for sharing

  4. I saw a pair of earrings a couple of weeks ago made from old fashioned hair pins with pearls glued to them. Is this the site I saw them on. thanks

  5. Wow – This is a great idea.. Can you please mention for how long should the sticks be soaked in water?

    1. Ive added the times to the posts. Thanks for the suggestion. But you can try soaking them overnight for about 8 to 10 hours or you can even try boiling them in water for about 15 minutes and that should also work!

  6. I tried these with my niece this week. The sticks needed to be in the water for 2 days before we could shape them (and we still broke a ton putting them into the cups to shape them), it took 2 days for them to dry and then they straightened back out when we put the modge podge on them. -(