DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game | August 22, 2011

As a kid I adored the game 'Memory'. The truth is, I still do. Sure, it's not exactly what you would define as 'challenging' but there's something charming about it's simplicity. So, for a bit of cute fun I decided to re-create the game with a slight twist. I've replaced the cards with paper popsicles. Who doesn't love popsicles, right?

Scatter these at a summer ice-cream social, bbq or picnic for a bit of interactive fun for guests!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Smooth white A4 card (x2)
  • Popsicle sticks (x12)
  • Scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Colour printer

WHAT TO DO

Download and print out 2 pages of your popsicle designs. You should have 2 of each popsicle type (12 altogether). I've used a matte card but if you prefer a shiny finish you can use thick glossy photo paper instead.

Use a scalpel and ruler to gently score along the dotted lines.

Before you start cutting out your popsicles, keep in mind that you should be as precise as possible with your cutting as you want all your popsicles to look as identical as possible from the back.

Cut out around the straight edges of your popsicles using the scalpel and ruler.

To cut out the rounded tops I've actually folded along the dotted lines to close up my popsicle design and then used a pair of scissors to carefully cut out the rounded tops of both sides of the popsicle at the same time. This way both sides of the popsicle have the same cut line so that no white from the back of the card will be visible on your finished popsicle from either side.

Open out your popsicle design again and place the printed side face down on the table.Get a popsicle stick and attach some double-sided tape to the top part of each side of the stick. Attach to your popsicle. Once again, in the interest of making each popsicle as identical as possible, it is essential that you place the popsicle sticks roughly in the same position for each popsicle so that they are all the same height and there are no obvious differences between them. (It's also best to choose popsicle sticks without any distinguishable blemishes!)

Attach double-sided tape to the left tab and also to the top rounded part of your popsicle (to avoid a gap at the top). Fold along the scored lines to close up your popsicle and make sure everything is firmly stuck together.

I've stored my popsicles in this cute jar- a local purchase from Daiso. I just couldn't resist the polka dot lid!

If you have issues downloading try right-clicking ('Ctrl' and click for the mac) on the download button and saving directly to your computer.

For those who can't remember the rules, here's a refresher:

FYI, the cute backdrop I've used for the first photo is a paper design by Cristina Re called "Watercolours" in her Eco Luxury Linen range- ain't it pretty?

The downloadable pdfs in this article (and across my entire site) are free for personal use only. They are strictly not for commercial use. If you wish to incorporate any of my designs in your own personal projects, please credit me and include a link to my site. Please do not distribute any of my downloadable files. If you are kind enough to blog about this article, please feel free to use a couple of my photos as long as they are accompanied with a credit and link back to my site and/or this article. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. Thanks for reading this boring footer stuff! You rock! :)

{ all images by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Kids, Parties

Comments

  1. Gorgeous! a fabulous idea, my little ones are going to love it! thank you!! x
  2. Love this! Thank you.

    Would you mind sharing the font you used for "Popsicle" in the first image.
  3. I have to admit Memory was my favorite game as a kid too! Probably because it was the only game I could beat my family at. I love the color and desings in the popsicles, I'm thinking of just stringing them on a banner to hang by my desk. Helps keep summer around all year long! Thanks Amy
  4. these are so adorable! i love the colours and designs. i am always amazed by your beautiful deisgns and printable ideas. thanks for sharing this!
  5. These are so very cute and summery!
  6. What a great idea!Beautiful colours and prints!
  7. These look so pretty, and the activity looks fun enough to enjoy at a kiddie party! Thank you for sharing!
  8. This is just too cute for words.Thank you for sharing!!! :)
  9. So fun and so cute! Thanks for sharing!
  10. Hi Dawn- the word 'popsicle' on the first image is some lettering that I created myself and is, unfortunately, not a font!
  11. So fun!!
  12. Of course! It is too beautiful to be a font. :) You are so talented. Thanks for responding.
  13. This is the absolute cutest thing!

    Julia
  14. Wow - what beautiful pictures and such a sweet game. My girls are going to live this!! Thank you so very much for sharing.
  15. These are adorable - I absolutely love them!
  16. I love this!!! What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to play with them.

    Xoxo
    Rocio R.
    http://myfashiondolly.blogspot.com
  17. This is adorable! Thanks for the printable!
  18. Absolutely beautiful (says the graphic designer in me), and absolutely FUN (says the little kid in me)
  19. Ana Cristina | Aug 24, 2011
    Thanks for sharing this! My 4 year old girl will love to play with it!
  20. Adorable!! This has to be the cutest game I have ever seen, thanks for the download!
  21. What a cute game - my granddaughter is going to love it! Thank you!
  22. These are so FUN and CREATIVE! I love the kiwi pops best! Thanks Amy!
  23. how cute!!!
  24. Elisabeth | Aug 25, 2011
    Fantastic idea! Thank you very much.
  25. Claudia | Aug 26, 2011
    suscribe me
  26. I am drooling over the popsicles and worst they are papers only. LOL The game sounds fun too! But I'm thinking of using this in one of my scrapbook layout. Maybe I'll put my message inside the Popsicle. I'm still devising a way to make a more creative output out of it! Thanks so much for sharing this!
  27. Woow these are summer-licking hot! Lovely illustrations and a fun way to play with them. Oh and I was wondering the same thing about the 'Popsicle' writing, I secretly hoped it was a font I could get from somewhere, but alas I guess I have to go invest in some calligraphy writing workshops
    Keep it up, I'm hooked!

    http://noellas.blogspot.com
  28. Thank you! These are just adorable and will work wonderfully in my kids learning play kitchen!
  29. sharon | Aug 31, 2011
    I would love to know what font was used on the conditions of use (looks like handwritten). Thanks!
  30. Wonderful idea! Really really gorgeous! Linked you right here: http://schlitzies.blogspot.com/2011/09/memory-eis.html
  31. Thanks for the popsicles game - so cute!
  32. I LOVE LOVE this tutorial, and can't believe you have it as a download as well! I just posted about it over on Craft Gossip. You can find the link here. So glad I found your site through Curbly!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=4602
  33. Destini | Sep 2, 2011
    This is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing :)
  34. Thank you sharing! I made them this morning, and they're a total hit with my son!
  35. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/paper-popsicle-memory-game/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.
  36. OH! it's so cute, and is a DIY !!!!
    i am going to print in this moment,
    XOXO LIDIANA,

    http://filleclassque.blogpot.com/
  37. Amazing... and so pretty. They'd make a nice garland too!
  38. Excellent! MERCI!!!
  39. keecam | Sep 11, 2011
    You have some of the BEST printables on the web. Just. Absolutely. FUN. and. CREATIVE!
  40. rosie ballard | Sep 14, 2011
    thanx 4 great game idea
  41. a is for adorable and amazing and i is for i love it and i can't wait to play this with my grandson. thank you. xoxo
  42. jeannine | Oct 6, 2011
    thank you this is so cute...
  43. It's just great for picnics and for my little son and their friends! Thank you! Best regards from a reader from Spain. After reading them, I wish I was a designer, too, ha, ha!

    Marta
  44. this is so cute, thanks for sharing
  45. so cute! i will save them for a scrapbook-project too.
  46. pretty
  47. such a beautiful idea. thank you so much for sharing it with everyone!

    i made it for one of our friends' birthday - you can see it here: http://heodeza.blogspot.com/2011/11/pretty-paper-popsicles.html
  48. i love this!! super cute! thank you for your creativity, i will use this for my 4 year old's birthday party!
  49. Cecilia | Nov 7, 2011
    Just want to say thank you for these cute ice-cream pops memory game. I am sure my son would love to play this game!!! Thanks again!
  50. Hi Amy, just wanted to let you know that I have shared your paper Popsicle DIY project on my blog at www.hammerandheels.net

    Angel
  51. Oh, your site is too cute! And what a unique take on the old memory game... Thanks. Will see if I have chance to share it on my blog. Thanks for being so generous! grace
  52. libbywilko | Dec 15, 2011
    Thanks ! These are so cute.
  53. this will be the perfect craft for my daughter and friend for winter break tomorrow-- thanks for sharing!!
  54. This is still a fabulous idea and it's absolutely amazing - cute and ever so simple. I will be planning to blog about this (of course with a link back) - too cute not to :)
  55. B | Feb 6, 2012
    This is so cute! Perfect for summer. Thank you.
  56. Diana | Feb 22, 2012
    Do you have a blank copy without colors. I wanted to make a game with more variety to make it more challenging. They are adorable. thanks..
  57. Hi! I found this adorable project on pinterest - but it had a broken link!! I was so frustrated since I wanted to make some for my kids. So frustrated, in fact, that I made some of my own. Now that I've found the original files, I'm a bit sad that I went through all that work, but I am delighted with your discloser terms. I did a double popsicle version, which I am going to share on my blog, but I will of course include full credit and a link back to this page. Thanks for being so generous with your work! If you have any objections, or if you'd like to see the post (once I get around to it...) let me know. Love the blog!
  58. Aaaawwwwww, gorgeous!!! I've just downloaded it, even if I have no kids (I will play it myself, lol!) Thanks for sharing!
  59. Susan | Mar 15, 2012
    It's a beautiful idea, xoxo
  60. Maravilloso, bellisimo!
  61. Bette | Mar 23, 2012
    This is a very cute idea and I love the decorated jar. I had a special friend when my children were young who would do personalized memory games for a present by going to the child's home and take photos of special toys, family, pets, bedrooms,and just anything special to that child. She would then get two sets of the best photos and turn them into a memory game by laminated them onto a cute deck of playing cards. They lasted a long time of being used alot and the child was always thrilled to see thir "life" as a game.
  62. Michelle | Mar 30, 2012
    Thank You! I can use these for my home Day Care.
  63. I'm creating a new blog on wordpress and it will have a page for homeschool/children I would love to share a link to this memory game idea. If I am sure to link and not just copy your pictures, and credit you in the text, may I share this? Please email with your approval or decline. Thanks so much. Stormy
  64. mas | Apr 7, 2012
    how adorable! thanks for sharing:)
  65. I'd like to join your blog
  66. These are so clever. You will never guess how I suggest using them... For a wedding! Stop by www.theweddinggals.net to see how I suggest using them today. Thank you soooooo much for sharing the template.
    phyllis
  67. These are adorable!
  68. awww...these are too cute!
  69. Monique | Jun 15, 2012
    Hey, your site is in a magazine for hip mothers here in the Netherlands. Great site and inspiration. Greetz Monique
  70. Thank you so much for sharing. I have transformed these into Birthday Party Invitations !!! Read more here http://thatcutelittlecake.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/ice-cream-party-invitations.html
    Of course I have given you full credit for the design.
    Thanks again
    Virginie @ That Cute Little Cake
  71. I just loved the idea!! Look forward to doing it with my kids this summer!
  72. This is so clever. I initially saw them and thought they were the perfect photo booth prop, but they're brilliant as a game for kids... Well done!
  73. That's crazy yummy! :D
  74. so so cool!!!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    doro K.
  75. This just brings back my youth. These are adorable.
  76. Vishakha | Oct 30, 2012
    thank you for the Popsicle game templates
  77. ponga | Dec 11, 2012
    really like it!!
    sooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!
    look forward to doing it !!
    thanks for sharing!!
  78. Hi, This is such a bright and cute craft, please can we post it on our site here in London Town ....? www.thecreativebusstop.com?

    Many thanks. xo
  79. oooooo congratulations Amy!! Your DIY are adorable!! It's a fun and cute idea!! Love it
  80. so beautiful they are!
  81. Loris | Jun 3, 2013
    gracias! very nice! I will use it.
  82. This is part of our June lesson! I've linked up to you here: http://www.thesweatmanfamily.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-prek-lesson-plans.html
  83. Thanks for the free printable, my son very love it.
  84. Katie | Jul 31, 2013
    I used your idea as a jumping off point for the Memory Game. I made plain popsicles and on the back side wrote the fun things my granddaughters did this summer (2 of each activity) It was the activity they had to match. My goal is to do this every summer so they can relive the fun times they had!
  85. Hi there
    Could you tell me how to download your printables.For some reason I can't find

    many thanks
  86. Anna | Sep 26, 2013
    These are so cute but I can't download them. Could you help me out?
    Thank you!!!
  87. Lishia | Oct 19, 2013
    Thank you!
  88. melinda | Feb 16, 2014
    these are so cute! i found your website via pinterest and i am in love!!! thank you for sharing--i am going to make these for my esl preschool classes.
  89. These are absolutely adorable. I stumbled upon the top picture on Instragram. I had taken a screenshot but apparently I didn't like the picture, so I couldn't go back and look at my previous liked pictures and the screenshot ended up being a dud as I didn't even capture the users name who originally had the picture. Thanks to Pinterest I searched "Popsicle Printout" and the same picture appeared, a few sites later I was finally on the original source of the printouts. They are absolutely adorable. Thanks so much!
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