Canada Day Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters

Looking for a fun patriotic craft idea? This would be a great handmade craft project to do with older kids. I didn't reinvent the wheel as miniature pallet projects are plentiful on Pinterest. What makes these unique is that they are Canada Day popsicle stick pallet coasters. If you are not Canadian, these DIY coasters can be adapted to your country's patriotic colors.

Mini Canada Day Pallet Coasters


Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters For Canada Day


These adorable mini Canadian flag pallets are not difficult to make and took about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. Packaged with a bottle of wine, they would make a great hostess gift for your backyard social-distancing Canada Day celebrations.

DIY Popsicle Stick Coasters

Or add a fun touch to your July 1st celebrations spent at home while enjoying your favorite beverage.

Canada Day Mini Pallet Coasters

Painted to look like Canadian Flags, I incorporated the iconic Canadian maple leaf in four different styles.

Patriotic Small Pallets

A few years ago we scored five boxes of craft sticks at Goodwill for $1. I've barely made a dent in that stash, perhaps a good excuse to make more mini pallet coasters for other occasions too.

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What you'll need to make them

76 popsicle craft sticks for four coasters
Cutting pliers
High temp hot glue gun and clear high heat glue sticks
Holiday red acrylic craft paint
White acrylic craft paint
Cricut Maker or Canadian maple leaf stencils
Cricut Stencil Vinyl
Dark wax (to age the mini pallets)
Protective clear coat

Canadian Flag Pallets

How to make the mini pallet Canada Day coasters

Let's get started. Fire up your high temp hot glue gun because who has time to assemble these with regular glue. I mean you can but it'll take longer waiting for glue to dry.

Mini Pallet Craft Idea

Step 1 - You'll need nineteen popsicle sticks per coaster.

Step 2 - Cut just the tips of a popsicle stick to measure four inches long. Use it as a guide for cutting the remaining popsicle sticks. I tried cutting them with sharp scissors and a retractable craft knife but found cutting pliers to work the best. But did you know there is such a thing as crafting hand miter cutting tools? Mama just might need one of these for future popsicle stick crafts.

Step 3 - For the base, take twenty-four popsicle sticks and hot glue two together in sets of three for the base of each coaster.

Step 4 - Set them upright in groups of three and lay three popsicle sticks on top, two on each end and one in the middle to form the pallets. Just like a real pallet, embrace the imperfections. No need for measuring and being precise, just eyeball it so they are relatively straight.

Step 5 - I found it easier to paint the popsicle sticks at this point before completing the assembly. You'll need 38 of each color painted with acrylic craft paint in holiday red and regular or vintage white. You may want to paint a few extra for any potential oops along the way.

You only need one coat of paint per side and the job goes much quicker if you use a blow dryer or heat gun on the lowest setting to help the paint dry faster.

Step 6 - Flip the bases so the three individual popsicle sticks are resting on your work surface. Now we're ready to attach the top boards. Unlike a real pallet, I spaced the top boards closer together just so the graphics we're going to stencil on later are not disjointed.

You'll need ten painted popsicle sticks per coaster, this will allow for a slight overhang on each end. In the photo above you'll notice the tops of each coaster are all painted the same color. I changed my mind and decided to make the tops look like a Canadian flag. Instead, I placed two of the same color on each end and six of the opposite color in the middle.

As you hot glue the popsicle sticks on the top, line them up on one side to keep them relatively straight. Trim the opposite side with the cutting pliers as necessary before moving onto the next row.

Now that we have the mini pallets assembled, time to add the Happy Canada Day charm.

How to stencil the Canada Day coasters

First I went into Cricut Design Space and searched for maple leaf images. I found four subscriber graphics that I liked and uploaded them into my project. I resized them to 2.5" W and welded them into one graphic. Here's a screenshot of the graphics in Design Space.

Canadian Patriotic Crafts

Instead of cutting them on permanent vinyl, I cut them on stencil vinyl. I weeded the positive spaces to turn them into stencils (pictured below).

Canada Day Mini Pallet Idea

I used a foam pouncer to stencil the graphics onto the coasters with the same red and white acrylic craft paint. They are stenciled with the opposite color of the pallet board tops.

Again, you'll notice in the photo below that the tops are all one color. I changed my mind after stenciling the coasters and painted the last two popsicle sticks the opposite color to emulate a Canadian flag.

Popsicle Stick Coaster Crafts

If you don't have a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you could stencil the centers with readymade stencils or transfer maple leaf graphics with this image transfer technique.

We're not quite done yet.

How to age the mini pallet coasters

If you'd like the coasters to look more like authentic rustic worn pallets we're going to age them.

DIY Popsicle Stick Pallets

To do this dip a wax brush into dark wax and offload some of it onto a paper towel. Lightly wipe the brush across the coasters both inside and out. With an art brush, apply more wax along the edges of the mini pallets. Let the wax cure until it's no longer tacky before spraying them with a clear coat.

Canada Day DIY Coasters

That's it, now we're done!

Here's a close up of each maple leaf style. With this one, I used a script liner art brush to paint the gaps between the A's, N, and D.

Canada Day Popsicle Stick Coasters

What do you think of this one, eh?

Canada Eh Popsicle Stick Coasters

I think this heart design with little tiny maple leaves is my favorite.

Canadian Love Popsicle Stick Coasters

And last but not least, this one has a large maple leaf encircled with tiny ones.

Canadian Maple Leaf Popsicle Stick Coasters

For more DIY Canada Day ideas, here's a patriotic ribbon wreath made with dollar store finds that is easy peasy. Also, a DIY Canada Day Sign that I hang on our mailbox every July 1st. I figure considering it's no longer used for mail anymore, why not use it to decorate on holidays and special occasions. There's also an Adirondack footstool makeover in there that I use to decorate on the front steps for the occasion.

If you have any questions about this mini pallet coaster tutorial, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed these patriotic popsicle stick coasters, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Coasters or Patriotic Decor Ideas board on Pinterest.


Canadian Patriotic Popsicle Stick Coasters

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20 comments

  1. Your coasters are so cool, Marie! What a great idea! Perfect for just about any occasion, holiday and celebration! The possibilities are unlimited on to how to decorate them, too!

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    1. Thanks Gail! I have so many ideas flooding around in my head to decorate more. LOL

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  2. Tooooooo cute Marie. Would you believe, with all the teeny tiny fairy garden stuff we've made, I have never tried making a pallet. That is so going to change now ;-)

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    1. Well there ya go, Michelle, another miniature idea to add to your amazing collection. That I can't wait to see!

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  3. These are so adorable! And miniature pallets how cute! Pinned! :)

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    1. Thanks Christina, I'm glad you like them and thanks for the pin! 🤗

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  4. How did I not know, or remember, you are Canadian!! My Mum and Dad were born and raised in New Brunswick! I spent every Summer back home. These are adorable. Happy Summer, Marie. Thanks for sharing at the TFT party! ❤️

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    1. Oh wow, I did not know that about you, Theresa. Would you believe I've never been to the maritimes? It's on my bucket list. How fun to spend your summers there. Happy summer to you as well! ♥️

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  5. These are so fun! I have a couple bags of popsicle sticks that I've been trying to think of how to use them. My favorite is the heart of little leaves!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Awesome, so glad you found inspiration for your popsicle sticks, Alexandra! You'll have a lot of fun making your mini pallets. I plan on making more for other seasons too.

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  6. Oh Marie, these are ADORABLE! I need these in my life! Pallet style yet... hmmm... this could be fun!

    I've featured you in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 533. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Hi Donna, I'm glad you like my mini pallets for Canada Day! They were just too much fun to make. I'm thrilled to have them featured this weekend - thank you so much. xo

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  7. Okay... these are the cutest dang things I have seen in a LONG time! And you could make these for any country or state you are from! Maybe even sports affiliated? Or dance! OH MY GOODNESS!!! Of course, I've pinned these to two boards, and I get to feature you on Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! Yay me! (though I noticed, I'm not the first to feature you!)

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    1. You made me laugh, Julie! Yessss, the possibilities for embellishing the mini pallets are endless. I've got several boxes of popsicles sticks left so the ole noggin is spinning with ideas. Thanks so much for the feature, I so appreciate the Canadian patriotic love! xo

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  8. Your coasters are absolutely adorable! The possibilities are endless! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you so much, Pamela, I'm glad you like them! My head is spinning with ideas for more mini pallet designs.

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  9. Great idea, will add to my list of things to make and create.

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  10. Marie,
    OMG, these are just too cute. Love them. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/07/thursday-favorite-things.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. I'm so glad you like these mini pallets, Bev, and a big hug sent your way for featuring them. See you at the party!

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