How to Build a Bridge By: Caitlyn Adams

Materials

  1. 264 Popsicle Sticks
  2. 1 Elmers Glue Bottle
  3. 1 box of Paper Clips
  4. 30 Rubber Bands
  5. 3-4 sheets of Newspaper
  6. 2 desks to measure the size of your bridge
  7. 1 Yardstick
  8. 1-2 sheets of strofoam

Arch

  1. First, place some newspaper down, and get a yardstick to measure 40 inches on a table to make the bottom part of the arch.
  2. Second, grab 8 popsicle sticks, and lay them out in a straight line.
  3. Third, take your glue bottle and place a dot of glue on each end of the popsicle stick where it meets.
  4. Fourth, grab 7 more popsicle sticks and place them on top of the original ones, so they overlap where the 2 bottom sticks meet.
  5. Then, hold the glue and popsicle together for 10 seconds, and place a paper clip around both glue and stick to hold it together.
  6. Afterwards, flip the bottom of the arch over to the other side, and repeat steps 2-5 so it is layered and has more support.
  7. Next, lay out 11 popsicle sticks displaying how you want your arch to look.
Should look like this

8. Then, once you have 11 popsicle sticks laid out in an arch form, place glue on each side of the popsicle stick that meets the other one.

9. At this point, hold down the glue and popsicle sticks for about 10 seconds, and attach a paper clip to hold them both together.

10. After letting the arch dry overnight, glue both the bottom beam and the arch together. This will keep it connected instead of being in 2 parts.

11. Next, place paper clips in between the arch and the beam to hold it together so it doesn't collapse.

End project of Arch 1

Arch 2

12. At this point, repeat steps 1-6 for the next bottom beam.

13. In addition, make sure they are both the exact same length, 40 inches.

14. Then, repeat steps 2-5 on the back side of the beam so it is layered and has support.

15. Afterward, lay out 11 popsicle sticks the best you can to make it look identical to the other arch.

16. In the same way, repeat steps 8-11 for the arch.

You should now have 2 finished arches

Cross Beams

17. Next, take 2 sticks and glue them in such a way that they are overlapping the other one halfway.

18. Then, hold the glue and sticks together for 5 seconds, and place a paper clip around them both.

19. Accordingly, repeat steps 17 and 18, so you have 2 small cross beams to add to the sides of the arch.

20. At this point, grab one of the arches you made, and put the 2 small beams on the sides of the arch, so the top of the 2 sticks can connect to the arch, and the bottom of the 2 sticks can connect to the beam.

21. Next, put a dot of glue on the ends of the 2 stick beam, so it will connect to the arch.

22. Then, place a paper clip around the arch, the beam, and the bottom of the arch, so it will hold and dry overnight.

It should look like this.

23. In the same way, repeat steps 20-22 to do the other side of the arch.

24. Next, you are going to make another cross beam to add to both sides which will give it more support.

25. Then, take 1 popsicle stick and place glue on each ends of the stick until both sides of the glue reach halfway on the popsicle stick.

26. Also, take another 2 popsicle sticks, and place both sticks on the glue so both sticks meet in the middle.

27. Furthermore, hold down for 10 seconds and place 1 paper clip right in the middle of where the 2 sticks meet, so it will hold it together.

28. At this point, put the beam on the arch approximately 1 inch above the other cross beam.

29. Next, turn the 3 popsicle stick cross beam that you just made towards the middle of the arch, so it will face the other cross beams.

30. In addition, place a dot of glue on both ends of the beam,and connect it to the arch by attaching the top of the cross beam to the top of the arch, and the bottom of the beam to the bottom beam of the arch.

31. At the same time, place 2 paper clips on the top of the arch where the cross beam is now connected, and also at the bottom cross beam and bottom of the arch to hold it together.

32. In the same way, repeat steps 25-31 on the other side of the arch.

33. Afterward, you are going to grab 6 popsicle sticks for the next cross beam.

34. Then, place 3 popsicle sticks together in a straight line, so each end of the popsicle stick is right next to the other popsicle stick.

35. In addition, place glue on the ends of the popsicle stick where it is right next to another popsicle stick.

36. Then, place the glue on the ends of each stick to about halfway on the whole popsicle stick.

37. Next, take your other 3 popsicle sticks and place them on top of each of the ends of the sticks, so that the popsicle stick is covering each end where the glue was placed.

38. At this point, the top stick should be overlapping the bottom 2 sticks about halfway. Place paper clips in the middle of where you added each popsicle stick to hold it together.

39. Then, take the 6 stick cross beam, and place the bottom part of the cross beam on the bottom part of the arch, right next to the 3 stick cross beam you made previously.

40. Furthermore, take your glue and place a dot on the end of the cross beam, and also on the top of the cross beam. Then, stick it to the top of the arch and the bottom of the arch.

41. At this point, the bottom of the cross beam you just made should be right next to the other cross beam you made previously.

It should look something like this

42. In the same way, repeat steps 33-41 on the other side of the arch, so they are identical on both sides.

43. Next, you are going to make another cross beam identical to the 3 stick one you completed, so it slants more to the middle of the arch.

44. Meanwhile, you will need 7 popsicle sticks for the next cross beam. You will repeat step 34, but instead of 3 sticks laid out, you are going to lay out 4 sticks.

45. At this point, repeat steps 35-38 to make the whole cross beam.

46. In the same way, place a dot of glue on the top end of the cross beam you just made, and connect it to the top of the arch next to the cross beam you made previously.

47. Then, place another dot of glue on the bottom of the cross beam. Make this cross beam more slanted, so it turns more to the middle of the cross beam.

48. Next, place the bottom end of the cross beam about 3 1/2 inches away from the other cross beam.

49. Afterwards, hold both ends of the cross beams to the arch for about 10 seconds. Then, take 2 paper clips, and place one on the top where the arch and the cross beam connect. Then, take the other clip, and place it on the bottom of the arch, where the beam and arch connect.

50. At this point, you should have 4 cross beams connected to your arch.

51. In the same way, repeat steps 44-49 on the other side of the arch, so you have 2 cross beams slanted towards the middle.

52. Next, you are ready to complete the last cross beam before the X. For this, you will need 7 popsicle sticks.

53. Then, take 3 of the popsicle sticks, laying them in a straight line side by side, so that each popsicle stick is touching the other one.

54. At this time, repeat steps 35-38 to make the last cross beam before the X in the middle.

55. Then, place paper clips on both overlapping popsicle sticks.

56. Next, take the cross beam you just made, and place it 4 inches from the top of the arch, and the last cross beam you placed.

57. In addition, glue the top end of the cross beam and place it on top of the arch. You will need to hold it down for 10 seconds and place a paperclip over both the arch and the cross beam.

58. Similarly, repeat step 57, but instead of doing it on the top, do it on the bottom of the arch.

59. In addition, make sure to keep this cross beam in a straight line, and not slanted like you did the last one.

60. At this point, repeat steps 53-59 on the other side of the arch, so you have all of the cross beams placed except for the middle.

Your cross beam should look like this

61. In the meantime, take 16 sticks total to complete the X in the middle of the arch.

62. At this time, place down 8 sticks, and make a cross beam just like you did for the rest of the arch. To complete this, you should repeat step 34.

63. Then, repeat step 62 to make another cross beam the exact same way.

64. Next, place one of the cross beams you just made on to the arch right next to the top of the left cross beam, and to the right on the bottom beam of the arch. This cross beam you just placed down should be slanted.

65. Similarily, place the other cross beam you made on top of the other cross beam so it makes the middle look like an X.

66. Then, glue the tops of the X to the arch and hold down for 10 seconds. Then place 2 paper clips, to hold it together.

67. At this point, repeat steps 17-66 on the other arch you have made.

68. Furthermore, after you have both arches made with cross beams, place them together, and they should match up.

69. Next, take both arches, place them together, and grab as many popsicle sticks as you need (depends on how sturdy your bridge is), and place glue where necessary to stick it to the bottom.

70. At this point, place 5 popsicle sticks on each side, and glue the sides of the arch together.

71. Then, place paper clips on every area where it seems collapsible, and let it dry overnight.

72. Finally, you have your completed bridge!!!

Here is your bridge!!

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