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How to Make a Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass


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June 19, 2019

Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - drawing compassWant to draw perfect circles in varying sizes? You can make your own fun and versatile compass at home with 2 Popsicle sticks and an extra wide straw. This useful tool is easy to make and costs next to nothing.

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Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 compass

Supplies:

  • 1 extra wide straw
  • scissors
  • 2 Popsicle sticks
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • rubber bands
Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut your straw into 8 equal sized pieces.
  2. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - cut the straw into 8 equal pieces
     
  3. Place a strip of hot glue along one side of a Popsicle stick.
  4. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - apply a line of hot glue to one side of a Popsicle stick
     
  5. Lay the straw segments down onto the hot glue.
  6. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - lay the straw pieces down across the hot glue
     
  7. Add another strip of hot glue onto the other Popsicle stick.
  8. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - add a strip of hot glue to the other Popsicle stick
     
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  9. Place it glue-side down onto the straws. Hold in place for 10 seconds.
  10. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - place it glue side down on top of the straws
     
  11. Place whatever writing instruments you'd like inside the straws to make circles. You can also use one chopstick and one writing instrument if you'd like to make a circle without a spot in the center. Use a rubber band at the top to secure the instruments together. You may use one under the straws, too, if necessary.
  12. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - place a pencil inside a straw and either another one or a chopstick in another, you are ready to make circles
     
  13. Place the writing instruments closer together to make smaller circles. (The further apart, the bigger the circle.) I like to hold the center point instrument with a hard grip outside the Popsicle sticks. This ensures a nice no-slip circle.
  14. Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass - move pencils closer together to make smaller circles
     
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