I love it when we make one craft, that inspires another one. A couple of weeks ago, we made fun dancing skeletons out of paper rolls. My daughter could not get enough of them. We were playing with them this week and making them dance and flip, when all of a sudden, our skeletons started doing flips on their own. We had wound the string on them so tightly that when we pulled the string to straighten it out, the skeletons spun around clumsily on their own. It reminded me of the paper spinners from my childhood. We were so excited, we couldn’t wait to play around with this idea more.
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What you will need:
Cut a paper roll into a 3″ section. Round the top of the roll.
Paint an oval shape on the front and back of your paper roll and on the inside.
Paint the bottom portion in a different color. Let it dry.
Paint on two large circles for eyes and a small triangle for a beak. Let the paint dry.
Cut two shapes for the wings. Our wings resembled Christmas bulbs.
Use a black Sharpie to draw in the eyeballs and feathers. Bend the tabs on the wings and glue them to the side of the owl.
Punch two holes on each side of the owl, one set through the tabs in the wings and another set on the bottom. Punch the bottom set of holes leaving about the same amount of space from the edge as in the top.
Cut a strand of yarn and string it through the top holes and then loop it back around and into the bottom holes. Tie a knot at the end of the yarn.
Hold the strings out on the sides evenly. Swing the owl forward and keep spinning it. Your string on the sides should start to bunch up and tighten. Pull the strings straight and away from each other and watch it spin.
Of course, you do not need to make an owl. My daughter wanted to make a girl doing somersaults. So cute!
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