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Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture


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Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - lit with fairy lightsThis intriguing sculpture is made out of a bunch of equilateral triangles made from Popsicle sticks and hot glue. If you add LED lights or votives inside, it makes a fantastic lamp. The inspiration for this came from a set of polyhedral gamer's dice, which I think are so cool. Give this craft a try!

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Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1 sculpture/lamp

Supplies:

Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. To make your first equilateral triangle, add a dot of hot glue to the end of 1 stick.
  2. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - add glue to the end of one stick
     
  3. Place another stick on top of that, then add a dab of glue on the top of the end of the new stick.
  4. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - add a second stick and place a drop of glue on the end of the new stick
     
  5. Place a third stick on top, then glue the other side under the first stick.
  6. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - add a third stick and glue the end under the first stick
     
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  7. Hot glue dries fast, but you'll have enough time to adjust the sticks so they make a perfect triangle.
  8. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - quickly adjust to make a perfect triangle
     
  9. To continue making the triangles in identical sizes and angles, use the first one to guide you in making the second by laying it on top.
  10. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - use the first triangle as a guide and continue making more
     
  11. Make 20 of these equilateral triangles total.
  12. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - make 20 equilateral triangles total
     
  13. Take a pair of triangles and tape them together.
  14. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - tape a pair of triangles together
     
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  15. Now do it again with another pair.
  16. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - repeat with a second triangle
     
  17. Now slide one more triangle in at the top and tape it in to the other two.
  18. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - slide one in from the top and tape to the other two
     
  19. Flip it over so the tape pieces are facing downwards, and gently lift it up so the 2 open ends meet. Tape them together.
  20. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - flip over and pull up so that the two open ends meet and tape them together
     
  21. Hot glue the very center of this dome formation, then hot glue the joints at the bottom.
  22. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - hot glue the center of the dome and hot glue the joints at the bottom
     
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  23. Now tape together 3 triangles side by side.
  24. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - tape three triangles together side by side
     
  25. Lift the dome you created and start taping the 3-pieces below it. Essentially, you'll be making a belt of horizontal triangles right under it to make the torso of this sculpture. Glue the joints in place.
  26. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - lift the dome up and tape the three triangles to it then glue the joints
     
  27. Tape together another 3 and tape it on next to the last 3, then glue the joints.
  28. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - make another set of three then tape and glue to the last three
     
  29. Tape together 4 triangles. This will complete the torso.
  30. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - tape together 4 triangles
     
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  31. Add the 4 triangles segment onto the body, then glue the joints.
  32. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - add the 4 triangle segment and glue
     
  33. Now that you've worked your way around, you have the main first dome and the belt of triangles below that create the torso. All we need now is another dome like we made in part one!
  34. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture -  you now have the main first dome and the belt
     
  35. Repeat steps 7 to 11 to make the bottom dome.
  36. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - make a second dome using steps above
     
  37. Before you glue the bottom dome on for completion, take your tweezers and gently remove all the scotch tape from the insides.
  38. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - before glueing on the bottom dome use tweezers to remove tape
     
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  39. Glue on the bottom dome.
  40. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - glue on the bottom dome
     
  41. You now have a beautiful 20 sided sculpture.
  42. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - you now have a 20 sided structure
     
  43. I like placing mine on my light box. It shows off all the dimensions.
  44. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - sitting on a light box
     
  45. You can also place an LED votive at the bottom.
  46. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - with LED votive in bottom
     
  47. Stuffing it with LED fairy lights makes it look magical!
  48. Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - stuffed with LED fairy lights
     

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November 25, 20180 found this helpful

Lovely!! :) I have all there materials to recreate this!

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November 26, 20180 found this helpful

If you do it, let us know how it goes!! :)

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