Popsicle Paperweight

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Popsicle Paperweight

Though it may look like a melting mess, this ice pop paperweight is just the thing to keep papers neat and tidy. It also makes a perfect surprise for any unsuspecting April fools.

What you'll need

  • Lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box
  • Masking tape
  • Dry beans or rice
  • Cotton balls or packing peanuts
  • Craft stick
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glitter

How to make it

  1. Popsicle Paperweight - Step 1

    To make one, cut 2 matching 3- by 4-1⁄2-inch ice pop shapes and two 1 ⁄ 2-inch-wide strips (one 3 inches long and one 10-1⁄2 inches long) from lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box. Masking-tape the long cardboard strip between the 2 pop shapes, as shown, leaving the bottom of the pop open. (Tip: Cut the strip into smaller sections, if necessary.)

  2. Popsicle Paperweight - Step 2

    Bend the pop shape slightly and fill the top of it with dry beans or rice for weight. Fill the remaining space with cotton balls or packing peanuts. Slide one end of a craft stick into the bottom of the pop and secure it in place with craft glue. Tape the remaining cardboard strip across the bottom of the pop, making a small cut to accommodate the craft stick.

  3. Next, trim a small piece of cardboard into a puddle shape and tape it to the bottom of the pop. With a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of glue to the pop and the puddle, then press on pieces of colored tissue paper to completely cover them. For a frosty look, brush on more glue, then sprinkle on some glitter. Allow the glue to dry.

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