What could be done with styrofoam cups? I’ve been trying to learn to crochet and had a little yarn left over so we put the two together and have made a styrofoam cup bracelet for Kallista.
My weekly camera club meeting has begun to use styrofoam cups for the tea/coffee served after each gathering to make the 10:00pm clean-up a little easier. It does make tidying up at the end of the night quicker, but it’s not environmentally friendly. Although I don’t have a cup of tea myself (I wait until I get home and Phil makes me a special cup. A ritual since my first pregnancy), I still feel for the environment. I wanted to make some of these cups live a longer, more useful life so I rescued a few.
Kallista has been in “princess” mode recently and loves her jewellery, just like Mommy. Each piece has its own memories and personality. One night while Tristan and Phil were out to dinner and a movie together us girls stayed in to have our own meal, make some crafts, and watch the original Cinderella movie together. This bracelet would fit right in with our theme.
I carefully cut the ‘lip’ off of the styrofoam cup and helped Kallista knot a length of yarn around it. I helped her with the first couple of wrap-arounds so that the ‘tail’ from the knot was covered and so that she could see how to pull the yarn through completely each time. Then it was her turn. She ran out of yarn a time or two. This wasn’t a problem, we simply knotted a new length onto the old one and she continued on her way. Kallista had a lot of fun!
If you’d like something a little fancier, you can string a few pony beads onto the yarn and add them at varioius intervals. This was a little bit trickier for young Kallista so we did this together.
The next morning when Tristan saw what we had been up to, he also wanted to make a styrofoam cup bracelet. He didn’t want to be left out of the fun of bonding over crafts! He made the blue bracelet for his little sister, what a great big brother!
The children will have to be careful with these bracelets as the styrofoam isn’t terribly strong if it is bent, but they’re easy enough to make that it won’t be a problem to design more as they are needed. Lightweight and beautiful, these little styrofoam bracelets are just perfect for dainty little princess’ wrists.