With all the materials and tools at hand, this set of flower sticks would take only half an hour or so to make.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- 1 roll of PVC anti slip mat
Available from hardware stores, or household goods stores. These are the thin, flexible sort sold in rolls (about 30 cm wide and 1-1.5 m long), and can be cut with scissors.
- 3 wooden sticks
At least 60 cm long. Diameter can be anywhere between 8 mm and 10 mm. Here, bamboo gardening support sticks are used, but any kind of wooden dowel can be used instead.
- handful of nuts and washers
The inner diameter must be large enough for it to fit snugly onto the ends of the wooden sticks.
Total material cost is less than USD$10.
- wood saw
- glue gun
- steel ruler
- utility knife
Step 2: Cut Sticks to Length
Cut one stick to a length of 50 cm (or 60 cm). This forms the flower stick.
Cut each of the other two sticks to a length 5 cm less than the flower stick. These form the handsticks.
Step 3: Add a Stop for the Nuts
At a distance of 3 cm from each end of the flower stick, add some glue to form a ring around the stick. Let the glue dry.
Step 4: Add the Nuts
Check the balance of the flower stick; its centre of gravity should be right at the midpoint of the stick. If not, glue on washers on the lighter end until the stick is balanced.
Step 5: Cut Some Anti-slip Strips
Step 6: Wrapping the Anti-slip Strip Around the Stick
A warning: Hot glue will ooze out between the holes in the anti-slip material. It's very easy to burn your fingers if you're not careful.
Step 7: Wrap Around Another Strip
Once that's done, put it aside while we make the tassels.
Step 8: Make the Tassels
Here, a different coloured anti-slip mat is used, and the fringes are cut to a width of 1 cm.
Step 9: Attach the Tassel
Step 10: Completed Flower Stick
Now we just need to make some handsticks.
Step 11: Wrap the Ends
Step 12: Wrap the Handsticks
Repeat this for the other handstick.
Step 13: Completed Flower Stick Set
There are quite a few sites out there that show how to juggle the flower sticks. Here are some great ones:
www.devilstick.de: Video animations
www.devilstick.org: Lots of tricks to learn
If you've never done it before, getting started can be quite intimidating and frustrating. After two weeks of half-hour practice sessions though, you'll be spinning some propellers... :)
Step 14: Alternative Construction Methods
Play around with various stick lengths and weights until you find something that's comfortable for you.