let's make {chinese paper yo-yos}

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)
wrapping paper
wooden dowel (1/8" by 12")
rubber bands

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.


Then remove the rubber bands and have a little fun!


Careful not to poke any eyes out. :)


Cast away!
have a lovely day, Amy

Fog and Thistle  – (July 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM)  

I adore chinese yoyos. I'm going to make these for the kids.
Love the pictures of you. You're so cute with your new toy!

nichole  – (July 15, 2009 at 9:05 AM)  

Adorable photos! Especially you, my dear. Looks like you had a blast. ;)

PS~Erin  – (July 21, 2009 at 2:15 PM)  

How fun! We have making paint-chip-fish on the agenda for this week :-)

Kelly  – (February 9, 2010 at 7:20 PM)  

My daughter is having a Chinese new year party this weekend and she wanted these and I can't find them anywhere local and don't have time to order them so now we can have another craft at the party. Thanks a bunch.

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