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.
– wooden dowels
– key rings or round paper clips
– 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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