Crafty Ways to Use Popsicle Sticks | Reader's Digest

Crafty Ways to Use Popsicle Sticks

This item comes in handy in so many ways.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Emergency splint for a finger
You’ve got a kid with an apparent broken finger and you’re on the way to the emergency room. Use a Popsicle stick as a temporary splint for the finger. Tape it on with adhesive tape to help stabilize the finger until it can be set.

Skewer kids’ food
It’s more fun to eat food if you get to play with it first, as the parents of many picky eaters know. Popsicle sticks are good to have in your bag of tricks at mealtime. Skewer bites of hot dog, pineapple, melon, and more. Or give kids a stick and have them spread their own peanut butter and jelly.

Label your plantings
Is that parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme popping up from your garden? Remember what you planted by using Popsicle sticks as plant labels. Just write the type of seeds you planted on the stick with indelible marker.

Keep track of paint colors
You’re out in the garage searching through the cans of leftover paint. Did you paint the living room with a paint called Whipped Cream or Sand? Don’t get mixed up again. After you’ve painted a room, dip a Popsicle stick in the can. Let it dry. Write the name of the paint and the room where it was used on the stick. Now you’ll know what color to use when it’s time to paint again. These guides can also help a home decorator pick out fabrics and decorative items.