It’s been “beat the heat” week at Crafts ‘n Coffee, with a collection of cool, crafty treats. Today’s refreshing summer craft is this fun and super-sized Pink Polka Dot Popsicle for your front door. Hello? Does anything say “summer” better than a popsicle? I think not! Especially when it’s 18” tall. That’s a lot of cool!
To make a Pink, Polka Dot Popsicle, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
- Tissue paper, solid and polka dot in your choice of colors
- Hard Coat Mod Podge®, satin finish
- Paint stir stick
- Ribbon, 24” (for hanging)
- Yes! Paste or other paper paste
- Optional: Silk flowers
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; 1” putty knife or rubber spatula; 1” wide soft paint brush; straight pins
To make a Pink, Polka Dot Popsicle:
1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, draw a line 2” in from the long edge of the foam sheet. Wax the serrated knife with the candle or soap. Cut off the 2” strip, creating a 10” x 18” rectangle.
2. Draw a curved line on two corners, creating the popsicle shape. Cut off the corners. Sand the cut edges with a scrap piece to round them off.
3. Spread out the pink tissue paper and lay the popsicle shape on top. Cut around the popsicle, leaving an extra 2” all around.
4. Using your putty knife or a rubber spatula, spread a thin, even layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the top and sides of the popsicle.
5. Beginning at the bottom, carefully place the pink tissue paper on the popsicle, gently smoothing the paper down as you work toward the top. Smooth the paper from the center out, making sure there are no wrinkles or air bubbles.
6. Gently fold the tissue over onto the sides and smooth out with your fingers. Snip the tissue paper along the rounded edges so that the paper will lay flat. Let dry.
7. Once the popsicle has dried, paste the excess paper onto the back.
8. Cut a shape out of the polka dot tissue to resemble a dipped topping (see photo). Leave an extra 2” around the top and sides.
9. Brush on a thin, smooth layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste onto the top 1/3 or so of the popsicle. Attach the polka dot tissue paper following Step 5. If needed, add more paste under the “drips” to be sure they’re firmly attached. Let dry thoroughly.
10. Brush on a generous coat of Hard Coat Mod Podge. Let dry.
12. With the point of the serrated knife create a 1” wide X 3” deep slit for the paint stick in the center bottom edge of the popsicle. Insert the paint stick until the notch in the stick is inserted into the popsicle. Remove, add glue to the stick, and reinsert.
13. Pin and glue the ends of the ribbon to each side of the popsicle. Let glue dry.
14. Optional: Glue on silk flowers.
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Wishing you a cool and crafty weekend! And please remember to enter our Summer Boredom Buster giveaway.