How can I reuse or recycle … plastic lollipop sticks?

Lollipop sticksWhen we get together with our friends, we’re just about the wildest, craziest group of trendy 20-somethings you’re ever likely to meet.

We’re so wild in fact that the other night some of us had MORE THAN ONE LOLLIPOP while we were sat around chatting. (I stuck to one because I don’t want to develop an addiction – it was very nice and orangey though).

By the end of the night, there was a small pile of plastic lolly sticks on the table and I wondered “how can I reuse or recycle them?”

So how can I reuse or recycle them? For those that aren’t as wild as us lollipop-heads, they’re a thin, cylindrical tube of plastic about 6cm (3inches) long and just a couple of millimetres in diameter. I guess they’re similar to plastic Q-tip/cotton bud sticks.

(Photo by Bubbels)

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13 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … plastic lollipop sticks?”

  1. linni says:

    You could cut them up and make them into beads. Paint them, and make them into lovely pieces of jewelry.

  2. Delusion says:

    Cut them into smaller pieces and use them as “chips” while playing cards! :)

  3. Cathy says:

    Use them instead of toothpicks for small craft projects:
    -mixing paints
    -detail painting
    -support on the back of flat cutouts

  4. nick says:

    you could use the hollow insides to smuggle drugs. or, make tiny darts and use them to tranquilize people.

  5. Rosie says:

    If you wanted to get reeeally crazy, you can string them together to make a bead door.

    Or make paintbrushes out of em. …..

  6. CTP says:

    the hollow ones make good coke-snorting straws.

  7. Anonymous says:

    c’mon people please take this a little seriously.
    what we do today effects our future and our childre.

  8. Spaggie says:

    We paint them with craft paint, let them dry and then cut up into small pieces. My DD and her friends then use them to make bracelets and necklaces.

    Altho small, you can dip the end into a bubble mixture and blow bubbles with them.

  9. Pat says:

    if you are a gardener and have problems with cutworms, you can stake one next to each tomato plant so the cutworms won’t circle around and cut it down, should be biodegradable enough in the garden.

  10. hollypop [kinda ironic] says:

    if you cut them up & paint them…they kinda look like opaque, gaudy lovebeads. i’ve done that.

  11. supergeeky says:

    you could cut off the gooey end the sucker was on and use them as sticks for cake pops.

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