If you have been anywhere near a child recently, you have probably seen the elastic bracelets on their wrists made with great industry with a Rainbow Loom kit. I wanted to try it but I’m too cheap to buy a loom just for me. While I was doing some on my fingers (I had a thought that maybe it could be done on a spool!
In days gone by, girls would put nails into a wooden spool and make long tubes of yarn by going around and around using a needle to flip each loop over. I have 2 in my possession, a commercial one I bought a few years ago that looks like a bumble bee and one that my mom used as a child and that was probably my grandmother’s in the 1930s.
To do this, you will need
- spool knitter loom (you can find these in stores)
- Rainbow Loom elastics and C clips
- needle or crochet hook (if you don’t have one with your spool)
- piece of string long enough to fit though your spool
How I did it was put a C clip on an elastic and a loop of string on the other side. You need to do this to pull your elastics though the spool to keep tension on it. If not it will get all bunched up and not fit though the hole!
Thread your string though the hole in your spool and put the first elastic on all 4 nails. Twist it on each nail. (you can kinda see it there ^ )
I didn’t do this but a good idea would be to take your C clip attached to the string and put it on the 4 sides. I only did one on this try and it really stretched the elastic on one side as I pulled it.
Put 2 other elastics on.
Use your needle or hook to pull the bottom loop over the top 2 and into the middle on all 4 nails.
Put another elastic on and keep going and going and going the same way. Remember to pull the string as you go. It’ll keep it from bunching! It will bunch but you should be able to work though it. Its elastic, don’t be afraid to pull hard. It does get easier as your knitting gets out the bottom.
If you are going to go that long that is, I was making mine for my adult super big wrist so it was twice as long as my spool.
When you are at the length you want, take the bottom elastic off over the top without adding a third to the nails.
You’ll need a second C clip here. Unhook the elastics off the nail onto the C clip all around. Pull your bracelet out of the spool and take the elastics off one of the C clips and put all of the on one. (its one of those weird hard/easy things that is hard to explain, ask a kid if you need help.
Tada! Yes, I did change colour elastics to colour block. It was pretty easy and fun to do. I suppose it’s a double knit one on the real Rainbow Loom? I think I’ll try a single knit another time.
Hope you can figure this out. If I can do it, everyone can!
I crafted! The other day was a no school day for the kids at day care so I brought some tape in for crafting. While they were making wallets with weird pattern matches I decided to take some electrical tape and try to make a tiny flower.
The quarter is there for a size comparison. And now, how to.
The one I did at work I just worked on a small roll of tape but decided to do today’s on a stick but couldn’t find the skewers at the dollar store so bought some pipe cleaners.
Electrical tape comes in basically 6 colours. Black, white, blue, yellow, red and green. You can use whatever brand you find. This is from a hardware store but dollar stores carry it too.
- electrical tape
- pipe cleaners
- self healing mat
Lay out a strip of your tape on your mat and cut it into 1 inch segments. You could do smaller but its easier with lines.
Pick up one rectangle and fold a corner over.
Then the other. You’ll have a house shaped thing with sticky on the bottom.
Do it again and again and again and again. They don’t have to be perfectly exact.
Tape the end of your pipe cleaner. I used green just because its conventional.
Roll a house shape around it.
Put another with the point opposite on the pipe cleaner. Then 2 more on the other sides.
Keep going with the sorta staggering the points but keep them even.
I rolled some tape down the pipe cleaner but you don’t have to, especially if you suck at doing it like me.
I made another for fun.
Give it a try. Its super fun.
Its back to school time with fresh new school supplies! The best time of the year and I don’t even have kids! I am a day care teacher though and I’m back with the whole duct tape thing.
There are tons of sites with instructions on how to make duct tape flowers out there and they are good. (I learned from a YouTube video) I made a couple and took them to work, No one can really walk away with a pen with a giant red flower on the top. However, making them with the kids in school aged day care is kinda hard since all the pens disappear! I came up with a way to make them removable so you can put them on different pens or pencils.
- duct tape and electrical tape
- self-healing mat
- pen or pencil
This is me we are talking about so forgot to put out the scissors I used to cut the initial piece of electrical tape.
Wrap a piece of electrical tape around the end of your pen, sticky side out. Put another piece of tape over the top to make a sleeve on the end of your pen
Set that aside and start your petals. There are tons of different directions on how to do this out there but I’m making my own here since I’m Good Enough.
Fold one corner over
Once again, it doesn’t have to be perfect! I like to make up a whole bunch before starting on the flower.
Take one of your petals and wrap it around your sleeve on the pen.
Place the next petal across from the first.
And the next pair opposite the first.
Continue putting the petals on slightly offset from the previous ones.
Look! You can take it off!
This flower has 16 petals on it.
I think it’s a good size. Could maybe use another 8 but you really don’t want to get too heavy. I did make another one with 32 petals.
Mishmash using 8 different tapes.
The camo is a dollar store tape, It doesn’t have the stickiness of Duck brand but it works.
Anyway, it really is easy and fun and Good Enough! Try it!
Summer is here and to add to my duct tape wallet for other stuff collection we are making holders for Nintendo DS and 3DS.
It is the same pattern as my Billion Dollar wallet only upsized. I found that 5 strips works best (after some Good Enough trial and error of course.
This one I used Duck Brand packing tape. Pink zebra is super cool! Inside and outside is the paking tape and it feels like plastic. The yellow electrical tape really pops. I didn’t think it would but the 9 year old did.
While making a small regular wallet it was super way long so I thought to make a double pouch for game storage.
Just when you are at the pouch sizing stage, fold it in a W shape.
Then tape up the sides as usual. It makes 2 pockets.
Just right for holding 4 or so games.
You will note the lac of closures here. On my lunch I have to hit the dollar store for velcro.
It’s all over Pinterest and recently we’ve been doing beads at day care so I decided to try the whole melting pony beads thing.
The blogs I have read have said that it is stinky so I decided to do it outside. My house doesn’t have an outlet on the patio (don’t know why) so I set up on the side of the house with my toaster oven.
(haven’t used it in a while but crafting!!!!!)
You also need pony beads.
I used aluminum foil on the baking sheet. Lay out your beads in the shape you would like. I did flowers because flowers are easy.
And pop into the oven. I had it set at 450 degrees.
The first batch I watched for a reaction. It melted quite slowly.
It took about 10-12 minutes (I’m Good Enough so didn’t think to time it) You could probably fudge a bit with more time but keep an eye on them.
Take them CAREFULLY out of the oven and let cool. They cool pretty quickly but always be careful of course.
Here is a before and after.
I did a second batch to make pairs of flowers.
And the results all together.
They don’t come out exactly perfect but it was neat to try. Don’t know what I’m going to do with them but it was something I wanted to try so I did it.
A while ago I pinned a picture of a Duplo key chain and holder. The link only goes to a static picture but here it is: http://media-cache-ec4.pinimg.com/originals/64/72/11/647211fc6042bd6d3d9e2f5d943b24d2.jpg
I decided to one day make one of my own. I’m a big thrift store shopper and looked for some blocks on my travels that way. I found a set of blocks, not Duplo or Mega Blocks but something. I liked them because it had a single row block.
The materials for this are
- Duplo/Mega Blocks/other type of blocks. Small one for each key chain and a base.
- strong string (I used suede lacing)
- scissors (not shown)
I did this craft in the brother-in-law’s man cave/train room because that is where the drill is.
Basically, drill a hole into one end of your block.
Thread your string though the hole and tie a knot.
Clean up the plastic curlies.
Drill holes into your base. This one had little indentations which made it easy to make it level.
I need to hang the base on the wall still but I think it’ll work out well. (maybe make my keys a little lighter?)
I took the red one because I have a red car.
A pretty easy and quick craft and really easy to make Good Enough!
I saved some of the blocks in case I want to make more but the rest are going to day care.
Every year it is a struggle to come up with something new a different for the BIG crafts at day care, especially in school aged after school care. A few months ago I wore a washer necklace that I had made and the kids loved them so I decided use that as a jumping off point for our Mother’s Day present this year.
Not a lot of pictures but I’m sure everyone who has ever gone near Pinterest has seen washer jewelry.
(this is a good one: http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.ca/2011/03/easy-washer-tutorial.html)
I have done paper on my own but decided at day care to use nail polish and Sharpie markers.
General directions time:
*remember, I am the Good Enough Crafter and go with the flow which is a good thing when working with children.
- I had the kids use the nail polish on the washers in any design they wanted (I don’t wear nail polish but own quite a stock and donated it to the cause)
- When they were dry, **I** put on Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Let it dry (the hardest part ever!)
- Using plastic lacing, loop though the hole and thread on some heart shaped pony beads. (we had these in the craft closet)
- Make card for mom and tape the washer inside.
Here are a few of our final products:
Can’t wait for Monday to hear what the moms think!
We made duct tape wallets at day care today! The kids were between 6 and 9 and all had a great time. About the title, I said I would write a post for my blog about the adaptations I made and one child commented that I was going to be a billionaire since this was fun. Oh how I wish.
This is a one pocket wallet. I didn’t measure anything, just eyeballed. It is basically big enough to hold a credit card or pizza money. The materials needed are basically the same as the other duct and electrical tape wallet.
- duct tape
- electrical tape
- Velcro dots
Lay down two strips of duct tape over a strip of paper. Leave a small space between them. Cover that space with a strip of electrical tape.
Flip over and put down two strips touching or slightly overlapping. This will make for a little slack in the pocket of the wallet.
Cut off one end and fold a piece of electrical tape to cover the cut end.
Fold your taped end up making your pocket to the size you would like.
Run out of one colour of electrical tape. Pick another colour and put it along one side folding it over to the other side.
Tape the other side the same way.
Fold over the top flap and cut to the size of the flap you want. This one is straight across but most of the kids wanted a V-shaped flap. The barrette is because we ran out of Velcro.
Clean up your work space. Crafting ain’t pretty! We needed to use adult scissors (under supervision) because duct tape is awful to cut with kid scissors!
Here are some combinations that were made today.
It was a fun day. They all loved it and I’m going to be a billionaire!
I like duct tape. Always have. Pretty patterns make it even better. I’ve been playing with different types of wallets including this one using envelopes for different pockets.
At the store the other day I saw Kleenex wallets with a pocket on each side to hold your tissues. It looked easy so I tried it and now I’m obsessed with these. In a very Good Enough way.
The materials are:
- duct tape
- electrical tape (optional)
- paper (optional)
- Velcro dots
- paper cutter (not pictured here)
The paper is a rough guide. If you choose to use one (one the zig zag one up there ^ I didn’t) it should be roughly 7 inchs-ish. Lay down 2 strips of tape about 8-9 inches long then run a line of electrical tape down the middle if you want. You could do a third row of duct tape to shake it up. (thinking about using 2 different patterns on another wallet, hmmm) I found on the zig zag one it was a tad tight when you got down to putting cards in when you go with 2 rows together.
Flip it over and repeat. Or go with another pattern but cover the other side. You won’t see a whole lot of it when you are done.
Cut off one of the short ends so its pretty straight. I got out my old school paper cutter for this.
Now comes the fiddling. Get a card (I used a book store gift card) and figure out how big you want your pockets and all that stuff. You kinda want it to be about 7-8 inches at this point. You can always cut more if you need it shorter.
Tape your short ends using your electrical tape folding it around to the other side.
Fold it up into the sizes you have decided are Good Enough. Use your very special crafter clips to hold it closed. Then tape along the edge and fold it around to the other side.
Cut off any overages you have. Insert a card to test how Good Enough you did. Add a Velcro dot and there you have it.
When working with tape you might want the cat away – tape and fur don’t mix – but that is really the only hazard to this craft. You could get fancy with measuring and stuff but I think this is Good Enough.