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Old 04-30-2011, 04:20
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Default Covering a dowel with ribbon? Or, what's the best paint to use?

Let me start by saying that I tried to search this question on the board and on the internet but I kept getting instructions on how to make korkers.

Also, I posted a question in "Supplies" on where to locate balloon / pinwheel sticks but in case I don't have any luck with that ...

Is there any easy way to cover a dowel with ribbon? I've used dowels to make korkers before so the first problem I think I would run into is how to cover the gap when you run out of ribbon and how to cover the very end.

Aside from that, how tricky would it be to use hot glue to glue grosgrain ribbon onto the dowel? Is that something that would take a lot of coordination and practice?

I should clarify that I'm not necessarily keen on sanding and painting it, that's why I'd like to use ribbon.

In case I give into the inevitable, would you recommend spray paint or liquid paint. Can you recommend a particular brand? This is for a three year old. Her mother watches her really carefully so I'm not worried about it going into her mouth but I have to assume that some of the paint will eventually transfer onto her hands and into her mouth.

TIA,

Kel

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Default Re: Covering a dowel with ribbon? Or, what's the best paint to use?

omg . . what a project you've taken on!

i personally don't like to paint dowels for kids . . . just for the reasons you've said.

if i did have to cover a dowel . . . i'd make/sew a sleeve out of fabric or ribbon . . . this would allow both ends to be covered nicely. you could also tuck in ribbon to the end seam to make streamers hanging down . . .

i have some wands from my window vertical blinds! i hate those things hanging down and just adjust the light by twisting the thingie at the top.

g/luck!

edit . . . if you're adventuresome . . . and i've never tried this on wood . . . but to make it non/toxic . . . i've dyed some kid's stuff using jello . . .

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:28
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edit . . . if you're adventuresome . . . and i've never tried this on wood . . . but to make it non/toxic . . . i've dyed some kid's stuff using jello . . .
What a great idea!!

I finally did check out the plastic balloon sticks at my local party supply store. They were really flimsy ... hollow like a straw.

So I bit the bullet and painted 4 dowels. In some ways it was easier than I expected but even more time consuming than I thought it would be.

Anyhow, I now have 3 tulle pom pom wands with ribbon accents and 1 satin ribbon streamer.

Correction, each of my daughters now has one pom pom wand and the birthday girl will have one pom pom wand and one ribbon streamer.

Oh, and a basic gros grain pinwheel bow with a 1' Hello Kitty rhinestone slider which matches the HK ribbon on the wand and streamer.

Goodness knows I lost a lot of sleep over this, literally. But this may inspire me to finally post my first picture here.

Kel

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congrats! they sound beautiful and what a good way to use the h/kitty slider . . .

lol - i know the angst about posting pics . . . i just made sure my fingers weren't in any pics
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