Mar 5, 2014

Yarn Wrapped Sticks With Bells

 Not one to usually follow trends, I have resisted wrapping yarn or thread around stuff. However, I was testing ideas out for crafts kids can make and I thought making yarn wrapped sticks would be fun. Adding the silver bells was a last minute idea. I was pleasantly surprised how much fun my boys had wrapping colorful, bright yarn around simple sticks found in the park. And it surprised me how much I ended up liking them.

I could not resist, I made a few as well. 

These are perfect for my baby girl to play with. She walks around the house shaking them. Or hitting her brothers with. The bells just add to the fun. 

 And here are the ones my 4 and 8 year old boys made. They chose the order of the colors and it was a great activity for hand-eye coordination. 

How we did it: 

Need sticks, straight, finger width thick. Colorful cotton yarn, worsted weight. Silver bells (fairly large). A paint brush. And Modge Podge. 

  • Dip the paint brush into the Modge Podge and dabbed some on the end of the stick. Start wrapping yarn around it. Dab a bit of glue on the end of the yarn to adhere it to the stick. 
  • When done, cut yarn, dab glue on the end to adhere to stick and start new color the same way as above.
  • Towards the end of the stick, slide a silver bell on the yarn close to the stick, tie a square knot on the bell end with the yarn and wrap around the stick tightly. Add more bells as desired. 

It was a pretty easy project. My 4 year old needed help with gluing and I helped him start each new color by wrapping it a couple times around the stick. Then he would take over. My 8 year old had no problem at all and was able to do it all by himself. 

Until next time,

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