How To Make a Camelback Popsicle Stick Bridge Sammy Strieker

Materials: 248 Popsicle Sticks, Elmer's Glue, Paperclips, Rubberbands, Newspaper.

Side 1

Step 1: Take 8 sticks and line them up with the even number sticks overlapping the odd number sticks by around an inch. Glue the sticks together. Paperclip the sticks where they overlap to help them stick while they dry.

Step 2: Build a new line of 4 sticks that are curved slightly to the right and overlap them by around an inch. Glue them together. Do the same thing again but have the sticks curve slightly to the left instead of the right. These should be two separate lines. Paperclip the sticks where they overlap to help them stick while they dry

Step 3: Glue the two curved lines of sticks to the line of eight sticks. Make sure to glue them on the ends and on top of the line of sticks. The line that curves right should go on the left side and the line that curves left should go on the right side. Paperclip the sticks where they overlap to help them stick while they dry.

Step 4: Make a new line of 4 sticks. They should be straight. Make the even numbered sticks overlap the odd numbered sticks by around an inch. Glue them together and paperclip the sticks where they overlap. Let this dry for 2-3 hours and then glue it to the outline that was made in steps 1-3. It should be glued straight down the middle on top of the outline.

Step 5: Make two lines of sticks that overlap at halfway. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Let them dry for 2-3 hours. Then glue them to the outline with one on each side of the straight line. The bottom of the sticks should touch the middle, but not overlap it. The sticks on the left should slant to the left. The sticks on the right should slant to the right. Glue these in place and then paperclip to let them dry.

Step 6: Make a line of two sticks that overlap at the middle. Glue this line across the triangle of sticks in the middle of the outline. Slide the sticks up or down until they cover they slanted sticks where they overlap. Glue the ends to the slanted sticks and paperclip them. Let this dry for 2-3 hours.

Your bridge should look like this so far.

Step 7: Make two lines of four sticks that overlap in the middle. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Glue them to the outline next to the slanted lines. These two new ones should be one on either side of the slanted sticks and should touch, but not overlap, the slanted sticks at the top. Paperclip and let it dry while working on the next step.

Step 8: Make two separate lines of two sticks that overlap around an inch. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Glue these two sticks on the edges of the bridge, similar to the sticks in the middle. There should be one on either side of the last line of straight sticks. Paperclip the lone and the outline where they meet and let it dry while you do the next step.

Step 9: Make two lines of 5 sticks that overlap halfway. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Make two more separate lines of two sticks each that overlap at halfway. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Then, take one of the 5 stick lines and one of the 2 stick lines and make an X. Glue this X figure to the outline in between the two straight lines on the ends of the bridge. You can lone it up based on where it touches the straight lines. One X should be made for each side. Paperclip the lines to the outline and also put some glue and a paperclip in the middle.

Step 10: For the final step take one stick and glue it between the straight stick and the slanted stick. Use the slanted stick that is next to the straight one in the middle. Do the same to the other side. This provides more support.

Your side should look like this when you're done

Side 2

For side 2 repeat steps 1-10

Side two should look like this when finished.

Bottom

Step 1: Take 8 sticks and overlap them by about an inch. Glue them together and paperclip them where they overlap. Repeat the last two sentences to form another line. Wait an hour to let them dry and then continue.

Step 2: Place the two lines of 8 sticks a popsicle stick length apart. Glue sticks right next to each other across the width of the line of 8 sticks. Use paper clips to hold down any sticks that try to pop up. Let this dry for 2-3 hours.

This is what the bottom should look like.

Step 3: Glue the bottom to the sides. Make the lines of 8 sticks used for the bottom face up and line up the sides with those 8 sticks. Some styrofoam can be used to hold it up while it drys. After gluing the bottom and sides together, wrap a rubber band around the bottom and through the bottom of the sides and paperclip the ends of the rubber and together. Line around 4-5 rubber bands on the bottom. Let this dry for 3-4 hours.

This is what should be done so far.

Top

Step 1: Take two sticks and place the down vertically. Take two more sticks and make an X the touches the two vertical sticks. Glue these in place and paperclip where needed. Repeat this 4 times. Let them dry for 1-2 hours.

Step2: Once the X's are dry, place them along the top of the bridge with three on the top and the other two on the slants, one on each side. Add extra one sticks where it looks like more support is needed. Glue all these in place and rubber band them down. Make the rubber band go under the sticks and have one end of the rubber band on each end of the sticks. Let this dry for 2-3 hours.

This is what some of the pieces and placement should look like.

Step 3: Add some overlapping sticks to the slants to make more support glue and paperclip them where needed. Let this dry for 2-3 hours.

This is what the final bridge should look like.

Your Camelback bridge is now complete after drying time is up and is ready to break!

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Sammy Strieker
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