Basic Arch Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on February 26, 2011 -- Modified on October 5, 2016

This is a very simple yet elegant looking bridge that I built over Christmas break. This bridge spanned 16 inches and was made from 48 popsicle sticks. It held 75 pounds, which was right at what I was expecting.

Here is a video:

The idea behind this bridge was to create an aesthetically pleasing bridge, while still keeping it simple to build. I wanted a really basic arch bridge design in order to compare it to a simple beam bridge that I also built. You can purchase plans for this bridge in my store.

You can see from the video that this bridge collapsed from the middle. I think that if the ends of the bridge had been braced like a real life arch bridge, this bridge would have held considerable more weight before it broke. But as a free standing arch bridge made from popsicle sticks, I think it was pretty good.

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16 thoughts on “Basic Arch Popsicle Stick Bridge”

  1. Thanks for this! I did this for a project in math class and I won!

    By Bella is thankful!!! -- April 24, 2017
  2. Are there other ways to join the popsicle sticks together? Will glue work? Or maybe sticky tape?

    By CuriosityKilledTheCat -- October 27, 2016
  3. How do I clamp the joints together on the bridge

    By Sciencefairgirl -- October 12, 2016
    • You can use a couple different methods for clamping the joints. If you have small clamps like clothes pins or binder clips, those work well. You can also simply put weight on top of the joints if they are on a flat surface.

      By Garrett Boon -- October 12, 2016
      • Thanks again so much.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜

        By Sciencefairgirl -- October 13, 2016
  4. Is this really a arch bridge or is it a truss bridge?
    My science teacher told me the concept is more like a truss bridge’s rather than an arch’s?

    By sciencefairgirl -- October 11, 2016
    • Interestingly, an arch bridge can also have a truss. This is seen in a lot of the models on this website, including this one. And just because it has a truss, doesn’t make it not an arch bridge. This actually gives it some of the advantages of both types of bridges.

      By Garrett Boon -- October 11, 2016
      • Thanks a lot
        I’ll tell my science teacher about this

        By Sciencefairgirl -- October 12, 2016
  5. Do u have a blueprint available for this?

    By Bobby Me -- January 1, 2015
  6. I need to know more information on this bridge design

    By Drew Taormina -- February 18, 2014
  7. theres no video. it says but there is no link or anuthing under

    By lola -- December 28, 2013
    • Video should now be working.

      By Garrett Boon -- December 28, 2013
  8. this is cool

    By Saarahkhan34 -- September 14, 2011
  9. Elegant design. I really like this website Garret, very interesting and helpful.

    By Sleek -- March 12, 2011
    • Me too πŸ™‚

      By Mookie -- November 10, 2011

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