July 11, 2012

Upcycle THIS: July Craft Challenge - Popsicle Sticks!

Welcome to our 7th Monthly Craft Challenge, an exciting regular occurrence here at the Etsy Fort Worth blog. I would like to introduce you to your July Secret Craft Ingredient!

Craft Something Cool with Popsicle Sticks!

Since we're smack dab in the middle of summer, which is kind of a big deal in Texas, I thought I'd choose a craft challenge item that is pretty easy to collect, especially if you have kids. Now of course, you could go out and buy some unused popsicle sticks at the craft store, but the purpose of these challenges is to reuse household items that are commonly disposable. So, if you have to buy some, I encourage you to first make some homemade popsicles, eat them, and then wash and use the sticks for your project. Otherwise, lie about it or I'll be sad.

Another reason behind these posts is to encourage crafting with items on hand, meaning that thinking outside the box is usually an asset to creativity and when you start to look at everything as a possible art supply, imagination and inspiration blossoms. Plus, it's always pretty cool to not have to run to the craft store when you're feeling inpsired to create, ain't it?!?

For this month's craft challenge project, you can use any other supplies you want along with as many popsicle sticks as you feel like. You can also choose any shape and size you want; there are a few different types out there. Don't forget to document your steps along the way with pics and notes and be sure to take a 'before' photo as well as the 'after' one! (I would also recommend including a list of supplies and materials at the top of your post).

Write your tutorial or how-to blog post on your own blog and add the link to the widget at the bottom of this post by Wednesday August 1st at 11:59pm at the latest. (Voting will begin at 12:00am August 2nd, at which point the link-up widget will block new entries). We'll blast out the link to this post to all our social networks, and you do the same - we all encourage everyone we know to vote! Winners will be chosen by the number of votes (voting closes at 11:59pm August 8th) and will be announced with a featured blog post the following week which is all about you, with links to your shop, blog, etc. and your logo badge will be stationed on our sidebar for a whole month!
**Plus, as we just started last month, we are also throwing in a $25 virtual PayPal gift card!**

We hope you are inspired to create by this crafty challenge, and that you'll have tons of fun in the process! Thanks for reading; now go forth, and GET CRAFTY!

You can find all previous Craft Challenges here!

This post was written by Jessica of Bespangled Jewelry. Visit her Etsy shop for beautiful yoga inspired handmade artisan jewelry, or her blog for inspiration, beauty, and goodness!