This Thursday, August 21, 2008 during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing begins my favorite portion of the gymnastics competition...rhythmic gymnastics! Where else can you observe tiny gymnasts flailing across the mat using all sort of over-sized apparatuses? In honor of this sport and the 29th Olympic games and because my 2 year old daughter fancies herself a mini gymnast I give you instructions for making your very own ribbon stick for your little athlete. Whip one up, flip on the tunes and set that kid loose. Heck, you'll probably make a matching one for yourself just because they're so darn fun. Go ahead, nobody's watching, twirl that baby and bring it on.
Step 1: Gather necessary ribbon stick materials
You'll need the following to create your very own fabulous ribbon stick:
1 Wooden Dowel (I used a 3/4 x 12in. wooden dowel)
1 Small square of all-purpose sand paper to sand the dowel
Acrylic Paint (optional) to paint the dowel giving it extra pizzazz
1 Small Eye Screw
1 9mm Split Ring
1 Swivel Badge Clip (possibly taken from your Comic-Con lanyard--come on people it was over a month ago. Time to move on.)
1-3 yards of ribbon depending on the size of your rhythmic gymnast (we used 1 1/2 yards of 7/8' Red, White and Blue polyester ribbon...baby...USA! USA! USA!)
Duct Tape for a handle
And of course a paintbrush to paint the dowel if you choose to do so.
Step 2: Sand the dowel.
Using your small square of all-purpose sand paper lightly sand your dowel to smooth out any rough spots.
Step 3: Paint the dowel.
Paint the dowel with a sassy acrylic color (we chose pure gold because we're so money) using an even stroke from bottom to top and covering the entire circumference of the dowel as well as the top and bottom bases of the dowel. Paint dries in less than 20 minutes on a warm sunny day in a house with no air conditioning. We found one coat to be sufficient.
Step 4: Attach Eye Screw
Attach eye screw to the top of the dowel.