Have a few half-rolls of wrapping paper in your stash? Here's a simple craft to transform those remnants into colorful Chinese paper yo-yos.
You'll need just a few supplies:
a hot glue gun (or superglue)
wooden dowel (1/8" by 12")
First, cut the paper into a large rectangle measuring 8 inches wide and at least three feet long. One easy way to do this is to cut straight through the tube of wrapping paper 8 inches from the end (it helps if you're dealing with the type without the cardboard inner tube or if you remove said tube first).
Unroll one end of the paper and apply a thin line of hot glue to the short edge (the 8 inch end).
Line up the dowel with one edge of the paper and press the dowel into the glue. Apply another strip of glue on top of the dowel.
Roll the paper tightly over the glued dowel and apply one more layer of glue just at the seam of the dowel and paper.
Roll it up tightly.
And secure with a couple of rubber bands. Allow the yo-yo to "cure" like this for 20-30 minutes.