These Popsicle stick ornaments are perfect for the holiday season and don’t require purchasing new materials.


  • Popsicle sticks (about a dozen)
  • green paint
  • scissors
  • buttons (variety of colors)
  • twine, yarn or string
  • glue (glue guns work best but should be adult operated)


  1. paintingPaint your Popsicle sticks green and let them dry.
  2. Cut the Popsicle sticks into pieces, each one longer than the one before. The last stick (bottom of the tree) should be a full-length Popsicle stick.
  3. Line up the stick pieces horizontally so they make a triangular tree shape.
  4. glueUse one stick as the trunk (glue it vertically and leave the end poking out at the bottom.)
  5. Glue the twine onto the Popsicle sticks and let it dry. Cut and glue the twine to make the tree hang down as far as you’d like.
  6. Glue on the buttons and let them dry.
  7. finalTie a knot to connect the ends of the twine in a loop and let it hang!
  8. Enjoy your holiday season!

Sarah Spooner blogs at The Spoonful Blog where she writes about family, food, children, organization, sewing, crafts, and her love of coffee. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two young children.

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  • krista fox

    This is so biased, I cannot even fathom how it is being published as truth. It’s completely out of line with what and why people decide to homeschool. One of the reasons that many people homeschool is because of the poor education being provided at their district, and to suggest to follow one that closely aligns with it seems ridiculous. There are so many more issues with this article that, for the sake of time and space, I will not go into. However, from the voice of this article it seems to be written by someone who has many opinions about the subject, yet lacks any real experience in it.

    • Will Blain

      I have experience and she is putting it nicely.

  • Will blain

    How I know several friends that have done home schooling and I know of only one that has had the same level of education as they should have. when they do get to high school they are bullied and get taken advantage because school has a complicated social structures and they are trying to fit in its way more likely then not they have challenges. Yes there are several children that do very well but more likely they do very poorly ether academically or socially sometimes both I have seen this several times at my work and also when I went to school. What is written above is very true even a little nice if you look at statistics and other pieces of information.

    • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

      Will, I have found that your ‘statement’ is NOT the norm. Your information is eschewed. Check out all the statistical information on homeschooling from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website at and peruse the articles on homeschool graduates, college, and the workforce. =) I would like for you to site your source for your so-called statistics? I have never read them, and, in fact, they are directly opposite of the statistics I have. You can also find statistics on NHERI website that corroborate these…

      There are over 2 million homeschoolers in the U.S., and that number is growing by a rate of approximately 7-15% per year depending upon which state you live in. It is interesting to note that our homeschool coop had an increase of
      FORTY THREE PERCENT this semester! (Thanks, Common Core proponents. lol) I’m looking forward to seeing the next studies on the growth of homeschooling. =D

      Homeschooling is legal in every state.

      Most colleges have their own homeschool admissions policies already in place & ACTIVELY seek homeschool grads.

      By the end of grade 4 homeschooled children out perform their public schooled counterparts by ONE FULL GRADE LEVEL! By the end of grade 8…they out perform them by TWO FULL GRADE LEVELS!

      Homeschool grads vote at a higher rate than public school grads.

      Homeschool grads are on public assistance at a much lower rate than public school grads.

      Homeschool grads volunteer in their communities at a higher rate than public school grads.

      The percentage of homeschool grads that go on to college is a higher rate than public school grads.

      There are so many more statistics that debunk what you’ve said. For instance, my daughter took a job at a local store while working her way through college. In a short period of time she made management. She would come home often complaining about the poor work ethic of most of the other workers. It was very disheartening at times. I encouraged her to do the best she could and remember she was NOT there permanently…that job was a means to an end for her college career. ;-) In contrast to your statement that homeschool kids that return to public school get bullied more often than public school kids…I challenge that statement. My daughter was in public school until the 9th grade…and was bullied often. She had grown up in public school. It makes no difference. I attended public school…and was bullied. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn’t bullied at some time during public school. Unfortunately, mean kids are everywhere..

      I don’t mean to criticize because I have a child with dyslexia and spelling is not her best subject, but according to your statement you were a public school grad…however, your Grammar & punctuation are not the best either. Not ‘knowing’ everything and having the ‘same level of education’ as you put it may not have anything to do with homeschooling. that is an unfair generalization. Everybody makes spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes at one time or another while typing on posts though, so I’ll give you that one. I do that sometimes when typing on my phone…and God help me if autocorrect strikes. lol EVERY kid in public school feels like they have trouble fitting in at times. In fact, I’d dare say most do. Public school does not breed good socialization skills. =( You are displaying a very negative, unfounded, discriminatory attitude towards homeschoolers. Please read the articles on the websites I have mentioned to debunk the myths you’ve heard, & obviously believed, from Hollywood movies, TV shows, & public school officials who are losing students to the wonderful world of homeschooling! =)

  • HS Mom for Fifteen Years

    There are many scholarship that homeschoolers can qualify for. Research “scholarships” online, and consider buying a specific book that lists most (Barnes & Noble has these). Fill out the FAFSA before your college’s deadline to qualify for need based aid and loans (and the grants/scholarships from the college itself).

  • HS Mom for Fifteen Years

    There are MANY homeschooled kids who go to college. Colleges understand that for homeschoolers grades tend to carry less meaning because parents award them, so they look to SAT or ACT scores (makes sure your child takes these in 11th or early 12th grade) and other independent evidences of accomplishment. Being very involved in academic activities (and actually winning) makes your children more desirable to colleges. Consider something like debate (google homeschool debate to find a league and local group in your area), and entering competitions such as The National Peace Essay or the Ayn Rand Essay competitions. Research this online or at a bookstore. It can and is being done!

  • Will blain

    Yes I agree the one size fits all education is difficult but again how she said it was true and rather kind.

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    I disagree. There were logical fallacies & downright propaganda in her article. It was meant to discourage for families who are thinking about homeschooling. Public schools are beginning to panic over the steady stream of students being ‘lost’ to them as the parents begin homeschooling. As the ‘stream’ gains momentum the loss will become a raging river of those leaving in mass exodus! It is hitting the schools pocket book. ;-) Empty seats = lost dollars.

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    If you are planning on re-enrolling them in public school you wouldn’t have as much freedom as a parent who is planning on education their children through Jr. High or High School. In the case of sending them back to public school the only thing you would need to do is follow the public school’s sequence. You do NOT have to use their curriculum, but if you were going to only be homeschooling for one year due to an illness in the family or something of that nature, then you would need to do the same subjects as public school. You can still use your own curriculum, but same subject. For instance, if the public school for that grade level was doing Pre-Algebra, U.S. History, Physical Science, & British Literature, then you would want to do those classes at home. I would use Math-U-See because it would align with Common core. The Math-U-See publisher has left their lessons the same, but merely added a couple extra pages at the end of each weekly lesson to make it Common Core compliant. Now, most of us don’t do those lessons, but if you were going back to public school you may want to teach those. that was very difficult to type! I loathe Common Core, but at least you would have the whole weekend to help them with it. For U.S History I like “Mystery of History”, “The Story of the World”, or Sonlight (expensive). You would simply wnat to buy the book that matches the time period your public school was studying. For science…I LOVE Apologia! It is written from a Christian perspective, but is SO readable my daughter LOVED it! She retained so much more because of the author style of writing. Jay Wiles gives examples of evolution & creationist thinking, so even though homeschoolers may teach from a creation point of view our kids are STILL learning about what evolutionists believe. =) Even in both creationism & evolution circles there are many different theories in both sides. That’s one of the reasons I like Apologia. Plus, homeschoolers LOVE watching documentaries…which mostly contain old earth & evolutionist theories. We just expose our kids to other views as well. Netflix, Amazon, & our local public libraries are our go-to for supplements. =) For British Literature I think Sonlight wins hands down! It IS a bit pricey, but you can now find most curriculum used on various sites. Some homeschoolers I know buy the Instructor’s Guides used, then check out the books from their public library to save money. When my library didn’t have a book they would get it for me through the inter-library loan system. If you look for the Instructor’s Guides used they are often referred to simply as IG. Hope that helps to answer some of your questions. =) Homeschooling is an awesome choice for families going through an extended illness, terminal illness, death/loss of a loved one, job changes/moving, medically fragile children or even parent, etc., or even just pulling out of the public school to help the child get their love for learning back. =)

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    I would highly recommend the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Many times even school officials don’t know the laws concerning homeschooling in their own states! =O HSLDA gets involved in cases like that often. It usually just takes a letter from one of the attorneys stating to the official in question that they are in error. ;-)

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    Perhaps the age of the children & added expense of extra curricular activities are preventing her from doing so at this time. Many families, as the youngest children get older, tend to venture out into extra curricular activities. Writing for 2 hours a day will make them well prepared for college! There are no multiple choice, fill in the blank, or True or False in college…it’s essays, essays, and more essays! lol The family dynamics of a large family is quite sufficient to prepare them to get along with others. So what if they don’t meet a lot of people very different from them? they will have PLENTY of time to do so when they become adults…AND they will be well grounded in their own beliefs, have ‘missed’ the drugs/alcohol/sex that are such a negative influence for public school kids, and be better socialized because they haven’t been poorly socialized from a group of sheeple all their own age. Nowhere in our society are we age segregated except for public school! As a tax payer, I think she is doing a wonderful thing. The average school spends almost $10,000 per student per year! She’s saving the taxpayers in her state a whopping $60,000 per year! Homeschoolers also produce better results for far less money. ;-) She may not be doing what you think she should, but after all, they’re your brother’s kids, not yours. He obviously agrees with it or they wouldn’t be homeschooling. I have also found that faith based curriculum is more thorough in covering a general knowledge.base; especially in history & science. See my comment above to Will.

  • Laryssa Lynn Busby Krauss

    Find out why he wants to go to public school. If it’s for music or art join a homeschool group or coop that will provide what he is wanting. Our homeschool coop also has gym for boys. That may be his interest. You can always put him in YMCA soccer, basketball, etc. Many churches offer Upwards Sports as well. Our church also offers archery. There are plenty of things to get them involved in if it’s social interaction he is wanting…I’d tread carefully in this area though. If the only reason he is wanting to go back to public school is for the ‘friends’ I’d stick to homeschooling & just get him involved with a group of GOOD kids. ;-) Good luck.