There is a woman that lives down the street from us. The neighborhood kids (and grown-ups too) adore her, and she is lovingly called Grandma Joy, despite the lack of actual biological relation to any of us. We recently found out that Grandma Joy is not feeling well and will require surgery. The kids all wanted to do something special for her, to remind her that we all love her and will be praying for her. She is a very sentimental woman so I knew that something handmade by the kids would truly mean the most to her.
I gathered all of the kids and some supplies.
* Non- Washable Paints
* Washed cans
* Embroidery Hoop
* String (Edited to add: I originally used jute simply because I like the look of it. I knew it wouldn’t last terribly long, but I was shocked to learn that it didn’t even last the first night. Please use something that doesn’t shred so easily.)
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* Garbage Bags to protect your table
* Disposable Cups to hold the paint
* Paper Towels, you know, just in case…
I put some of each paint color into cups,
And let the kids paint away.
The kids range from 4-12,
so we ended up with quite the artistic spectrum.
I set the cans aside to dry for quite a while.
Once they were fully dry I coated them in with a clear coat to protect against the elements.
While the cans dried I took apart the embroidery hoop,
And painted it as well.
I selected a drill bit slightly larger than the string,
And drilled a small hole into the top of each can.
Then I ran a string through,
And tied a knot inside the can. Cut each section of string longer than you think you will need. You can always cut it off if it’s too long.
When each can had a string, I lined them up the way I wanted, pulled each string so that the knot rested just inside the hole, and draped each string over the outside of the embroidery hoop.
This next part isn’t complicated at all but it’s a bit difficult to explain. I started with the can I wanted highest, and made a knot about a foot or so away from the can. Then I grabbed the next string in line and tied a knot about an inch or two further out than the knot in the first string. With each string the knot is another inch or two further than the previous string. Just try to keep that “inch or two” relatively even for each set of strings.
When I had made of the knots, I placed the inside ring of the embroidery hoop into the outside ring, while making sure the knot on each string lands directly on top of the rings.
Then I gathered all of the excess string above the rings and carefully created a knot in the center.
It is best to hold it up so that you can see how it will balance, then you can adjust the placement of the knot to make sure it hangs straight.
Once the knot was correctly placed, I covered the whole thing in craft glue to ensure that it wouldn’t slip or move.
All that is left to do now is to find a place to hang it.
I am pretty sure the kids have decided they will need to make a second one for decoration on their tree fort.
This one will be headed down the street,
I hope Grandma Joy likes it. :-)
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