How to Build Bridges with Popsicle Sticks

If your last popsicle stick bridge snapped like dried spaghetti, this guide will have you building a structure worthy of New York City.

You will need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Straws
  • Flexible tubing
  • String
  • Craft store (optional)
  • Laundry clamps (optional)

Step 1 Collect materials Raid your family’s junk drawers for enough popsicle sticks, glue, and other materials to build your bridge.

Step 2 Build main span Build the main support spans by layering popsicle sticks halfway over each other and gluing them together until you reach the proper thickness.

Step 3 Create superstructure and road deck Line additional popsicle sticks perpendicular to the main span to create the road deck, then angle sticks vertically to build the superstructure.

Step 4 Add details Use toothpicks for railings or cut the points off the toothpicks and glue several of them together in a square to make tiles for sidewalks and side panels.

Step 5 Piece together cables Use flexible tubing or straws and string to piece together the cables if you are building a suspension bridge.

Step 6 Test bridge Test your bridge with a heavy book placed on the road bed and then set it up over a creek or other body of water to transport toy cars or even a pet hamster.