How to Make DIY Bendy Sticks

Waxed string makes a great creative toy for kids. Kids can make pictures, sculpt animals, or practice letters and numbers. They make ideal road trip toys, since they don’t make an enormous mess in the car. Even better, you can make them instead of buy. Learn how to make DIY Bendy Sticks instead of buying the pre-made name brand (Bendaroos or Wikki Stix). Enjoy making them, then enjoy playing with them!

Handful of multicolored DIY Bendy Sticks.

Making Wax String Bendy Sticks

Since you’re already melting your wax block to make DIY Bendaroos, it’s a great opportunity to create other melted wax crafts at the same time. Try:

Yes, it’s really that easy. Enjoy!

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Waxed string dragonfly on colored paper.

How to Make DIY Bendy Sticks

Yield: 1+
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: 1
Estimated Cost: under $5

Waxed string makes a great creative toy for kids. They make ideal road trip toys, and are great for imaginative play and learning. Learn how to make DIY Bendy Sticks from household paraffin wax.


  • Paraffin wax block
  • Yarn, twine, embroidery floss, or string (cut into 9" lengths)
  • waxed paper sheet



      1. Melt wax block using the same technique as for glittered pinecone ornaments.

        Can of paraffin wax blocks for melting.
      2. Add string 2-3 pieces at a time, allowing wax to soak and coat.

        Removing coated string from wax dip.
      3. Remove string from wax using bamboo skewer or small tongs, then lie flat on waxed paper sheet to dry and harden.

        Waxed string drying on counter.

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