Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wheel Top-Shoebox Crafts

This week Crafts Paper Scissors is featuring some of my favorite shoebox crafts for Operation Christmas Child. 

 With my family, I have always found my boys harder to shop for than my girls. The same is true for my shoebox gift packing. While I always have tons of ideas of things I could make or buy for girls shoebox gifts, boys were more difficult, and then I saw a simple top made from a wooden wheel. I knew this would be a perfect toy for either gender! It’s fun to see a child’s face light up when they finally perfect spinning a top. 

Supplies used: 
  • Wood wheel 
  • Dowel that fits snugly into center of wheel
  • Wood Glue
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sand paper
  • Paint and brushes-I used Apple Barrel Multi Surface by Plaid in Wild Grape, Primary Blue, True Green and Candy Apple

To Create Top:
  • Cut dowel rods to create handles, for ease of spinning I found cutting length no longer than diameter of the wheel worked well
  • Using pencil sharpener “sharpen” one side of the dowel rod. Sand down the point to keep it from being “too sharp” 
  • Paint pieces as desired
  • Insert dowel into middle of the wheel, adjust dowel to have a 1/3-2/3 ratio above and below the top.
  • Glue into place

Special Thanks to Plaid Crafts for providing materials to help with this project! 

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