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Rainbow Party – Crafts to do at the Party

I suck at birthday party games.

You know those moms that arrange amazing relay races and scavenger hunts. I am not that mom. I am the craft making mom.

So there were two crafts we were going to do.

1) Rainbow Bead Bracelets

Hello IKEA PYSSLA Beads. You cost effective endless bead container(s).

Along with them, I found these amazing rainbow beads on ebay and had ordered them ahead of time (which was much, much less expensive to do than buying them in a store).

The kids wound up making their own versions of the bracelet below, with the rainbow beads, the PYSSLA beads and a whole bunch of other misc beads. I had both stretchy cord and pipe cleaners for the bracelet making. I highly recommend the pipe cleaners. Way easier for the kids with no patience to handle in a party environment.

Well, 5 year old kids that is.

2) Rainbow Ribbon Wands

Instead of getting 6 different shades of ribbon (which would be very expensive considering the length you need and we had at least 18 wands to make) I used my bulk order Rainbow Ribbon (again ebay) and plain white satin ribbon. If I was to do this again, I’d probably use another white grosgrain ribbon instead just because with satin the ends can fray unless you take a lighter and seal the ends. Knowing me, I’d have burned down my house if I tried that.

You’ll need:

– wooden dowels

– key rings or round paper clips

– ribbon

– craft jingle bells

– 13/16″ eye screws / hooks

– thumb tack

– rubber thimble & rubber gloves (this is highly recommended I’ll explain why at the end)

Take your thumb tack and stick it into the top of the dowel. This will make screwing in the eye screw vastly easier and will prevent the dowel from splitting at the top.

Do not even think about skipping this step.

Then screw in your eye screw/hook.

I couldn’t find key rings that didn’t cost a fortune up here (by up here, I mean in Canada where everything seems to always cost more than it does in the U.S.) but I did find a box of 50 round paper clips for $1.

Put on 2 bells.

Cut out all your ribbon lengths for both ribbons.

The dowels are 12 inches long.

I used 42 inch length ribbons as I wanted the kids to loop them them through once and make it easier for them to tie vs tying 4 different knots.

Slide each ribbon through the paper clip and tie once.


Now if you’re reading this going “OMG amazing! I am going to make 200 of these for my guests to wave at my wedding!”, listen to me very carefully. This is the time you recruit your bridal party for a favour, give them some wine and a lot of rubber thimbles.

My thumb was so severely bruised after screwing in the eye hooks, that I had a welt that turned into a blister that lasted over a week. And I only made 18 in total.

By the halfway mark of doing these, I had pulled out my rubber kitchen cleaning gloves and wore those to get a better grip on the eye hook to screw it in.

So get a rubber thimble and possibly put rubber gloves over top of your thimble to save your poor thumb.

You know who loved these the most? The toddlers. They ran around jingling them and watching the ribbons fly through the air.

The 5 year olds were “Ok, I’m done making mine. What do I do with it?”

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  • Reply
    August 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Made me laugh! 🙂 But they ARE super-cute crafts! 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I should have borrowed some of your thimbles from that amazing thimble necklace you made! 😉

  • Reply
    March 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    My husband suggested using a small screwdriver which you stick through the eye of the eye hooks and it will assist you with screwing them in, so you are not wearing down your fingers trying to grip the hook and force it in. I can’t tell you how much faster and easier this made it!! It was so much easier that I plan to make these wands for every party that we have for my daughter in colors that correspond to the party theme! Thanks for the idea and instructions! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Yes I am sorry you didn’t think to use a screw driver or small pair of pliers. Probably like me and thought I’ll be finished in a minute. Lol. These would be cute for 5 year olds with a longer ribbon, maybe 20 inches, for them to loop in circles in the air. But I can’t ever tell what kids want these days. Found your blog tonight and have been reading for an hour. Love your easy but cute crafts.

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      December 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      LOL! Thanks so much! The birthday girl is now 11 years old so this party was awhile ago and when I look back on it, I’m always like “When did you have time to do this again? to myself. It’s nice to see that year after year, parents are still coming across this stuff and hopefully it helps. My motto for crafts is uncomplicated. PS – from what I can remember about this party, the cake beat everything. And the colorful ice cubes!

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