This weekend we celebrated my daughter's 8th birthday with family and friends. We kept it very simple and focused on just having fun. Having a newborn has slowed mom down just a little in the party planning arena. Which explains the two day throw together for this party... and I may have put this craft together about 4 hours before the party started... ok yes, I was there boiling and flash drying bracelets just hours before the party. But we won't tell anyone else that little secret.
My little princess loves to watch the show Duck Dynasty :) I avoided getting sucked into watching too, but I had to check it out to make sure it was appropriate... and I was hooked too!! It's a pretty great show, you should check it out if you are also on the fence.
this cake won mom the "this was the BEST day every" comment after the party!!
My little girl also LOVES to make girly crafts. Today I'm sharing our main craft from the party... Wooden Washi Tape Bracelets!!! The easiest craft EVER! It doesn't really tie into the pink camo and Duck Dynasty theme that we had going, but it includes wood, mason jars and tape (you could even use duct tape if you wanted).
Sooo... what do you need for this awesome and frugal craft?
1. Wooden craft sticks, a.k.a thick popsicle sticks/tongue depressors. You can find these at the craft store or Wal-Mart
2. Your stove, a saucepan, and water
3. Mason Jars or any glass jar to cool and form your bracelet
4. Tape or any embellishments to decorate your bracelet (yarn, stickers, duct tape... so many possibilities)
The How To:
1. Fill a saucepan with water, about half way full. Bring water to a rolling boil.
2. Place your wooden sticks in the boiling water. You will probably break a few sticks, so make sure you have extras in there.
3. Boil for 45 minutes to an hour
4. Assemble your Mason Jars and glasses on your counter.
5.Start pulling out sticks one by one and shaping them into a curved bracelet. Do this slowly. I started at one end and slowly curved the stick until I could place it into the jar. Try to start bending as quickly as you can once they are out of the water. They are very hot, so be careful.
Note: as I said, I did this craft just hours before the party. I put my mason jars in the oven on about 300 degrees for maybe 10 minutes to help them dry quicker. Make sure that your drying containers are oven safe, if you are going this route. I will say that overnight is the best method. The bracelets were much better the day after, but the oven did the trick for the mom who waited till the last minute to decide on a craft.
6. Once you have all of your bracelets in the jars... set them to the side to dry. You should let them dry and cure overnight.
7. Once dry (you won't have to pull hard to get them out of the jar if they are fully dry and cured) take the bracelets out of the jar and you will end up with little beauties like this:
8. At this point, you are ready to decorate. You could even stain the bracelets for added depth. For my Washi tape versions, I just tore off the tape and wrapped it around the edges of the bracelet. For some I angled the tape and others I left it straight... the design possibilities are endless.
So simple for any age child to make. We had three years olds and up at the party and they all did an awesome job!!
the back... washi tape is so forgiving if you mess up your layout and lays so nicely on the backside of the bracelet. you could cover the back with something if you wanted a completely finished look.
Decorating their bracelets
We also decorated pumpkins. This was my backup craft if the bracelets were a bust... or if the boys didn't want to do a girly craft (they all wanted their own bracelets though)
Next up a fall theme baptism party... with a surprise special feature on a super cool blog :)
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the cooler fall temps!