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Butterfly Feelers Tutorial

Did you participate in the give away of the Silk Rainbow Butterfly Wings on this blog on Friday (ends 4.19.2012)?   If you already did, you might want to take the next step to make a set of feelers to complete your kids butterfly or other insect costume in a few easy steps.  If not, there is still a chance to do so by leaving a comment, and then get working on this tutorial.  This is an easy craft that you can do for or with your children.

Materials needed:

–         Simple plastic hairband

–         1 pipe cleaner (I used dark green here)

–         About 50cm/19” of narrow satin ribbon

–         Craft Glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)      Find the middle of the pipe cleaner and the hairband, and fold the pipe cleaner along the hairband to measure

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)      Put glue along the hair band and press the pipe cleaner onto the glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)      Put a dot of glue onto the pipe cleaner and start winding the ribbon tightly around the ribbon and hair band from one side to the other.  Secure the final end with another dot of glue (secure and put pressure on it with a laundry peg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)      Bend both end of the pipe cleaner up and roll the ends around a pencil or wooden dowel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5)      Once the glue has dried thoroughly, put the hair band on your (child’s) head:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the play!

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Stick Streamer Tutorial

We recently had my son’s fourth birthday and I wanted to do an activity that was easy for a group of children to do: we painted a stick streamer and had lots of running fun with it later during the party.

While I prepared the stick streamers in advance for our party, one can also make them with children.  Here are the directions of how I made them.

Materials needed:

–        A wooden dowel of approximately 25 cm/10”

–        A small eye screw

–        A key ring or curtain ring

–        An eyelet

–        Satin ribbon – I used 1.5 mtrs/60” of 2.5cm/1” wide

Tools needed:

–        Scissors

–        Hole Punch

–        Eyelet punch

 

1) Screw the eye screw into one end of the dowel and put it aside

Stickstreamer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Fold over the two corners of one end of the ribbon into a triangle and then fold over again

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Take the hole punch and punch a hole in the triangle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Insert the eyelet and punch it in with the eyelet punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Connect the ribbon and stick together by hooking the key ring/curtain ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stickstreamer 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for play, or if desired, ready to paint the ribbon with water colours. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For painting or material inspiration, also visit MamaMoonTime

Happy Playing!