In the world of crafts and DIY projects, there’s something truly magical about creating something that looks delectable but isn’t actually edible. Today, we’re going to embark on a whimsical journey to learn how to make a fake popsicle. Whether you’re looking to decorate your living space (we used it for our Christmas candy land theme decor), create a prop for a play, or simply indulge in some creative fun, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of crafting your very own faux popsicle that looks so delicious, you’ll want to take a bite (but please don’t!).
- Corrugated box (Or a foam/mat board)
- Paper clay
- Big popsicle sticks
- A craft knife
- Craft paints in vibrant hues (for adding details)
- Glue and glitters (for adding details)
- Glue gun or strong adhesive
Step 1: Shaping the Popsicle:
One of the easiest ways to create a popsicle is using a foam board. Cut the shape of a popsicle. You can also add details to it like a mark that the portion has been eaten.
You can use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. Take your time to shape and refine the popsicle until it looks exactly how you want it to.
But foam boards are not available locally when I did this project so I came up with the idea of using a corrugated box instead.
Each popsicle is composed of 4 stacks of the cut corrugated box.
Step 2: Creating the Popsicle
Stack 4 popsicle-cut corrugated box using hot glue. In between the stack, insert the popsicle stick. To save, you can only use half of the popsicle stick.
I used the paper mache technique to cover the corrugated box. The paper mache recipe I used is from this blog. Definitely, a great recipe and very sturdy. Some ingredients may not be available to better check the recipe I used for the giant ice cream props.
Then I had to let it dry first before adding 24 hours. Yes, it’s a long wait that’s why I strongly suggest that you use a foam board to cut the hours of making this project.
By the way, if you are using a foam board, cut a slit at the bottom of the popsicle and insert the stick. Use hot glue at medium temperature to reinforce the bond.
Step 3: Adding Details and Paint:
Once the popsicle is dry and ready, it’s time to add details and bring it to life with vibrant colors. Using craft paints and a fine paintbrush, carefully paint surface, imitating the appearance of your favourite popsicle flavors. Get creative with swirls, stripes, or even sprinkle-like patterns.
Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step. To make it sparkly I sprinkled it with glitters.
But if you want it more look realistic, skip the glitters and apply a clear varnish or resin to give your popsicle a glossy finish.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
If you are using glitters on your popsicle, make sure to spritz it with hairspray to prevent the popsicle from falling.
Lastly, put a hook on top if you want to hang it.
And that’s it! You’ve successfully created a delightful fake popsicle that’s sure to capture attention and spark conversations. Whether you plan to use it as a decorative element, or a prop for a photo.