Craft Stick Robots

Materials

  • Recycled half gallon milk or juice carton with cap
  • Loew-Cornell wooden items: Craft Spoons, 3-5/8”; Baby Clothespins, 2-1/2”; Jumbo Craft Sticks, 6”; Tiny Spring Clothespins, 1”; Mini Spring Clothespins, 1-3/4”
  • Duck Brand Duck Tape, in assorted colors and patterns
  • Brass brads
  • Binder clamps: small, medium
  • Rubber bands, 3-1/2“x1/4”
  • Plastic-foam or ping pong balls, 1-1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Chenille stems
  • Assorted stickers

Tools

  • Drill with 1/8” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: tacky glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler or tape measure, pencil or pen, spoon, craft knife, plastic container

Directions

STEP 1

  • For arms, soak at least four jumbo craft sticks per robot in plastic container of water overnight. Remove and pat dry to remove excess water. Bend soaked sticks into shape of fork or spoon; clamp with binder clamps. Let dry overnight. Center and drill 1/8” hole, 3/8” from end of craft stick.

STEP 2

  • For body, cut 2-3/4”x6” hole on back of carton. (Note: The back is opposite of plastic pour spout, which will become neck.) Cover body with Duck Tape in color or print of choice. Adhere arms on either side of inside of body for additional support to hold brads for arm and leg attachments. Drill two 1/8” holes through carton and craft sticks on inside.

STEP 3

  • For feet, stack and adhere three baby clothespins on top of craft spoons, making sure indentations on clothespins are aligned and free of glue. Let dry.

STEP 4

  • For lower legs, drill 1/8” holes at ends of four jumbo sticks, 3/8” from sides, and 3/8” from top for kneecaps. Cut, adhere, and clamp 1” craft stick length, about 1-1/2” up from bottom of two sticks.

STEP 5

  • For upper legs, drill two 1/8” holes, with one hole 2-1/4” down from top, and one hole centered and 3/8” from bottom of stick, on two jumbo craft sticks. (Note: The first hole becomes the waist location and the second hole becomes the brass brad location for the kneecaps.)

STEP 6

  • For head, hot glue eyes and chenille stem mouth on foam or ping pong ball. Add embellishments and features as desired. Hot glue plastic cap to top of face (for hat). Adhere cut craft spoon to hat for brim. Hot glue head to pour spout on carton.

STEP 7

  • Place two large rubber bands down center of robot body for belt and support for upper legs. Insert brass brads through holes in upper arms and through robot’s body. Adhere tiny spring clothespins to arms for fingers. Insert brass brads into kneecaps; use small binder clips for additional support. Insert brass brads through waist holes. Insert lower legs into grooves on three stacked clothespins and craft spoon.

STEP 8

  • Add stickers and other embellishments to robot’s body.
by Brad Griffith
Craft Stick Robots
Craft Stick Robots