Tuesday, July 14, 2009

cuff me

We have been having a lot of fun with wristbands - they are so easy and you can make whatever size and style you want - my boys are thinking it is great to be the designers and they like to mix-and-match wristbands depending what superpowers they need at the moment. They can be spotted wearing them at the store, post-office, Grandma's, the park, play dates and it took some bribing to remove them for church.

Here are some of ours (besides the superhero ones in the last post) -

This one makes the wearer invisible - the amazing power of orange stripes:

These are to strengthen my mommy superpower - LOVE of course, ahh shucks! (these are a shorter cuff, with only one TP roll cut in half)
There is no good without evil and these are our "venom" version.

And of course Spiderman powers like web-slinging, crawling on the ceiling and spidey-sense, always come in handy. I took these two shots so you could see different angles on the cuff.

Two great tutorials on wristbands at whipup and flipflipsandapplesauce

Ours are made in a similar fashion.

Slit the paper roll lengthwise and cut to the length you want.

I found it easiest to use felt to cut out the designs and I glued them all on a felt square measured to fit the paper roll. I used hot glue, for instant play, but felt is great to work with various adhesives.

I added all embellishments and brads to the felt before I attached the felt to the paper roll backing (again with hot glue).

I used four eyelets, two eyelets per side punched through the paper and felt. then I laced it with elastic string and a square knot to allow for easy on/off without having to re-tie.


Joanna said...

Those are THE COOLEST!! I love the mommy version, I'm sure it was hard for you to leave those at home for church :)

Lorna said...

How very cute, the spider one not so much, though.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

These are so clever! We have plenty of felt and paper rolls here, so I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!

Sam said...

These are excellent. We regularly decorate tubes with pen, but these look very exciting. Older boy will be pleased to be able to fit his hands in again - elastic, good idea ;-)
Thanks :-)

Metropolitan Housewife said...

Ooh, what fun! I love the idea of using felt- creates more durability!

Can't wait to try these with my crew. TFS!

creativemom said...

Love these! My boys will be making the spiders for sure! :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Those are awesome! I'm so going to give this a shot!