Some of you have asked how I made the dynamite party favors I blogged about last week so I thought we'd take a closer look.
My original plan was to use toilet paper rolls but after I collected them I decided they looked an awfully lot like, well, toilet paper rolls. So I ordered these from Paper Mart. (I dunno, putting candy in TP rolls just seemed wrong somehow, but you totally could. Just say'n).
Paper Mart is an amazing source for paper products in bulk. Their delivery is super fast, they are competitively priced and guarantee inventory to always be in stock. The only problem for some is that you do need to order in bulk. These came in boxes of fifty (perfect for me) and cost fourteen cents each. They measure 1 1/2" x 6" and are very thick and sturdy (unlike TP rolls these days - have you noticed? They just don't make them like they used to - they're so flimsy now!).
The above photo shows TP and paper towel rolls since I had used all the Paper Mart tubes before I photographed this tutorial
The first thing you need to do is cover the tubes with something. I used fabric because fabric is what I do, but you could use cute scrapbook paper. Just cut a piece of fabric the circumference and height of your tube and affix it with Mod Podge. Just a side note: I loved how easy and pliable the fabric was to adhere to the cardboard tube - I'm pretty sure I would prefer fabric to paper even if I didn't sell it.
Next you'll need two circles of colored card stock, one for each end. I found the paper and matching (important - I think) ribbon at Michael's. I happened to have a 2 1/2" circle punch that was perfect for this project but you could cut them by hand if you needed to. You will want the card stock circles to be 1" larger than the diameter of the roll. I rimmed the circles with a bit of Martha Stewart fine glitter to match the paper. This step is certainly optional, but I think it added a nice touch of sparkle while it finished the edges.
Using a hot glue gun, affix* the ribbon to each end of the tube.
*Am I the only one that thinks of Martha every time I use the word affix? Gosh, now I'm even talking like her! Scary.
The "explosives" are pipe cleaners wrapped with wired stars (both found at Michael's).
I added wooden stars painted with glitter paint (both purchased at Michael's), sprinkled with additional glitter then hot glued to the pipe cleaner when dry.
To attach the pipe cleaner just fold in half and insert into one end of the tube. I punched a small hole in the cardstock circle first with the point of a small pair of scissors. I added a dot of hot glue to the hole just to hold the pipe cleaner in place.
You can tie on a note of your choice. You MUST use Baker's Twine for this step! = )
I think these would also make fun hand delivered party invitations too - don't you?
Oh, and every stick of dynamite needs a match to light its fuse. So...
We hope to see you all at Bernina Club June 19 & 20th where we'll be celebrating summer.
Encourage one another,