|A pen in bloom ;)|
First, the pen. I bought a couple of bunches of small scale flowers in the team's school colors and taped the stems (wrapping the tape around the stem and pen in two places) down the length of the pen. Then I made the two-color sections of narrow grosgrain ribbon (glue the ends of one of each of the ribbons at an angle, tucking the ends), hot glued those to the pen's tip and worked the braid up the pen to the top end where it met the flowers. I glued again here, and made bows with the ribbon tails. I finished it with a jewel for some sparkle, it is dance team after all! Our customer's just loved them, and thought they were for sale so maybe I'll make some to sell in the future!
Second, the spirit stick or fan wand. My daughter's team is the Liberty Belles, so I cut a Dollar Store Christmas garland I had been saving to add a bell to the end of the wand. It came on a string of little plastic gold beads, so I just cut it between the bells and tied the ends into a loop using some button hole thread. Then I used a small piece of ribbon to glue it up and over the end of the stick before doing the braid. For this project, I used inexpensive satin ribbon from JoAnn's in the school's colors. And, instead of making the two-colored sections like for the pen, I just took the lengths of ribbon and glued them across the end of the little dowel I used (also from JoAnn's) and started the braid that way. Here's a hint...the wider the dowel, the wider you're ribbon should be. This is a 1/4" ribbon around a 1/4" dowel. As I'm explaining all this, I feel it might be a little confusing but trust me once you get the hang of this braid it will all make sense! So, to finish off this project, I just tied some extra gold ribbons into the tails of the braided ribbon to add the last of the 3 school colors. Oh, and a looped a few around the top of the bell. I made 20, and it made for a nice effect when the fan section were all waving their ribbons at once! Go Belles!
I'm thinking this would be a fun team bonding activity for the summer, so I'll keep you updated if we can fit that into the schedule! Take care!
|Spirit Stick -- Fan Wand|