Popsicle sticks are also known as craft sticks, and they are fun to work with. Instead of throwing away your Popsicle sticks after eating ice cream or other frozen treats, recycle them in a variety of craft projects.
Maxi dress, apparently its easy to sew: Its just 4 rectangles. Measure shoulder to hem length, then girth at widest part (hips?) and divide by Add seam allowance. Sew allowing for neckline, arm holes. No pattern needed.