Warren Truss Bridge By Taylor Knuffman


  • Approx. 300 popsicle sticks
  • 2 bottles of Elmer's glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Newspaper
  • 2 Kleenex boxes


  1. Begin with laying 2 pieces of newspaper on your surface
  2. Have materials ready to go so you can grab and glue

The sides:

  1. First, start with stacking a popsicle stick on the middle of another stick and glue together with Elmer's glue.
  2. Place a paper clip on the area that is drying or cut a rubber band and tie it around the wet area to hold the sticks together.
  3. Now, place a stick against the second stick you glued and glue it down.
  4. Repeat step 2.
  5. Repeat these steps until the line of sticks become approx. 30 inches long.
  6. Do steps 1-5, 3 more times.
  7. Now, take two of the rows you just created. Place them about a popsicle length away.
  8. At an upward angle, place a popsicle stick from one end to another and glue each end.
  9. Now do it again except in a downward angle.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the 30 inches are covered with the sticks.
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 on the other set of two 30 inch rows.
So far, it should look like this.

The top:

  1. Once you have two of the picture above made, you can start on the top.
  2. Start by placing a stick on top of another stick creating an 'X' shape. Then double them up. Glue the stick together. You may hold them together with either a paper clip or by tying a cut rubber band around them.
  3. Make 11 of these by repeating step 2.
  4. Once dry, stand up the two sides you made previously and support them up. You may place a Kleenex box or two in between both sides.
  5. Glue one end of the X's to one side and the other end of the X's to the other side.
  6. Repeat this with the other 10 X's.
  7. With the Kleenex boxes inbewteen the sides and top, place rubber band around the whole bridge to hold it together while it drys.
This is what you should have so far, except your X's should be over the whole top side.

The bottom:

  1. When the bridge so far is dry, you may remove the rubber bands and Kleenex boxes.
  2. Flip the bridge over.
  3. To make the bottom, repeat steps 2-7 of the top on the bottom.
  4. Allow to dry.
You should have this so far!

The table supports:

  1. Start with placing a popsicle stick horizontally on the table.
  2. Place another one parallel to this one, about a stick length away.
  3. Now, take a popsicle stick and glue one end to the top horizontal stick and the other end to the other horizontal stick. This stick should be glued vertically.
  4. Repeat gluing the vertical sticks until the length of the horizontal sticks is covered.
  5. Now, when the glue is dry, flip over the support and glue a horizontal stick in the same place as on the other side.
  6. Now do so on the bottom.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 again to make another one.
  8. To attach them to your bridge, flip the bridge over so it's laying on its top.
  9. Glue the two table supports to the outermost bottom X shapes on opposite ends of your bridge. (One support on each outermost X).
  10. You may use paper clips to hold the supports to the X's.
  11. Allow to dry.
  12. Once dry, flip your bridge back over.
This is what your support should be!
This is what the bottom of your bridge should look like!

The end:

If you follow these steps, your bridge should be extremely sturdy and ready for weight to be applied!


Created with images by ardee4 - "Johnson Road Bridge South"

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