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Review | Sticky Sticks

Sticky Sticks

Sticky Sticks, which debuted at CHA Winter 2013, are a product invented by a mother that needed this exact item when she was creating visual aids for teaching children.  I was excited to try them because I love doing craft projects with my young daughter (she is almost two and a half).  When this package of 25 Sticky Sticks arrived I was a little stumped about which project to start with.  So I checked the Sticky Sticks project ideas page and followed the very simple instructions – peel the paper adhesive backing and stick.

Sticky Sticks

I liked the idea of making a mask.  But I quickly realized that it would be more of a project that I do quickly and she can play with after.  This cat mask used really simple supplies and was completed in less than 10 minutes.

Sticky Sticks for Masks

My daughter loved looking through the mask and even posed for a quick photo shoot.  She also enjoyed waving it around like a fan and chasing the dog with it.  After she went to sleep that night I tested the adhesive strength.  I pulled pretty hard, and that Sticky Stick wasn’t going anywhere without ripping the paper mask.

Sticky Sticks for Masks

The idea page also suggested making a ribbon wand.  This was even quicker than the mask – completed in 1 minute (after gathering supplies).  I found that curling ribbon stuck the best and stayed curly for better twirling.

Sticky Stack for Ribbon Wand

This project also had a lot of good play time.  And since then I have brought it with me on occasions when I need my daughter to entertain herself for a few minutes.

Sticky Sticks for Ribbon Wand

Pros:

  • Very sticky, permanent adhesive
  • No need for liquid glue or waiting for drying time
  • Would make mass producing certain projects very quick and easy (like ribbon wands for a birthday party, fans/programs for a wedding, or teaching aids)

Cons:

  • Limited uses
  • Better for making crafts for small children, as opposed to making crafts with small children
  • Cost is a bit too high to let kids craft on their own and use as many as they see fit (would use way too many)

Sticky Sticks are available at these stores and retail for $3.50 to $5.00 for a package of 25.  Each Sticky Stick measures approximately 0.75″ wide by 6.75″ long.

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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.

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5 Responses to Review | Sticky Sticks

  1. Theresa June 13, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Is the sticky all the way down on both sides? I like the fan idea but if it is sticky all over, that could be a problem

    • Cassandra Darwin June 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      The sticky area is about a one inch square. In the top picture you can see the adhesive backing at the top of the sticks. And the close up picture of the ribbon wand shows exactly how much is sticky. They would be perfect for fans!

  2. GwillisInc June 13, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    can you dye them with stamp pad? paint them? stamp on them ?
    Thank you

    • Cassandra Darwin June 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      You can absolutely stamp on them or paint them. Another craft critique reviewer suggested washi tape as well – that would be fast and no mess at all.

  3. Janet Castle June 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Fun items for kids to play with after you make the projects. As a card maker and scrapbooker, I can’t think of any way to use them…but, I’m sure there is an idea out there somewhere – LOL!