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How to make a suspension bridge out of lollipop sticks

Updated July 18, 2017

Lollipop stick crafts are great fun for kids 6 to 10 years old. Your creativity is the only limit to what can or can’t be done with lollipop sticks. Even curved lines like the cables of a suspension bridge can be constructed; you only need to follow the curve as you glue the sticks together. It’s hard to say which is more fun: making the bridge, or using it to carry dolls and trucks to imaginary lands after the construction work is finished.

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Draw a rough profile view of your suspension bridge on paper, including the horizontal roadway, two vertical towers and the curved suspension cables. The cables should begin at one end of the roadway, curve up to the top of one tower, curve to the next tower and end at the other end of the roadway. Trace the drawing onto a second sheet of paper so you have two identical profile views.

Lay lollipop sticks over the horizontal roadway of both drawings, gluing them to each other. Lay sticks for the towers, gluing them to each other and to the roadway.

Lay sticks along the curved lines for the cables. If the sticks are too long to follow the graceful curves of your cables, cut them in half with a hacksaw. Glue these sticks to each other, to the roadway and to the towers on both of your drawings.

Allow the glue to dry completely. Remove both units from the paper. You will now have two identical halves of the bridge. Stand both halves up parallel to each other and prop them in place with books, less than one lollipop stick apart from each other.

Apply a bead of glue to the top of the roadway on each half of the bridge. Beginning at one end of the roadway, lay lollipop sticks perpendicular to each half of the bridge, with the end of each stick resting in the bead of glue. Continue laying sticks all the way across the roadway.

Glue a lollipop stick from the top of the tower on one half of the bridge to the corresponding tower top on the other half, temporarily holding it in place with clothes pins. Repeat with the other tower. Optionally add more supporting sticks between towers, if desired. Remove books and clothes pins when dry.

Tip

Sticks should overlap by one-half to three-quarters of an inch when gluing them together. If you want a narrower bridge, you have the option to use cut lollipop sticks to glue both halves of the bridge together.

Warning

Do not allow small children to use the saw; this job is for parents.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Lollipop sticks
  • White glue
  • Hacksaw
  • Books
  • Clothes pins

About the Author

James Werning has authored books and articles on various websites. His scripts have aired for more than 15 years on radio stations across North America. He is a small business owner and a world traveler with a master's degree in communications from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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