Sticky, messy food projects are always a big hit with children, but with moms -- not so much. Working with Fruit Roll-Ups satisfies the kids' love of edible crafts without wreaking Mom's kitchen. Ribbon and bow ties are not difficult to make using Fruit Roll-ups.
Things You'll Need
- Safety scissors
- Rolling pin (optional)
- Corn starch
Have each child wash and dry his hands, and provide him with a pair of clean craft scissors. Place several flavors of Fruit Roll-Ups in the center of a spotlessly clean work table. At this point, don't peel the Fruit Roll-Ups from the plastic backing.
Dust clean hands and the table's surface with a little bit of cornstarch to help keep the Fruit Roll-Ups from sticking. Unroll the Fruit Roll-Ups fruit-side-down on the table, and place the ruler on the longest side of the rectangle on top of the plastic. Use the scissors or a kitchen knife to make an impressed line to mark the ribbon. Cut the ribbon with the scissors, and remove the plastic.
Make bi-colored ribbons by using two kinds of Fruit Roll-Ups with contrasting colors. "Glue" them together with a cornstarch and water paste. Let the "glue" set for a moment, and use a rolling pin to put pressure on the seam. Let the bi-color ribbon dry for 10 minutes before shaping it. Use the same technique to make longer ribbons by gluing them end to end.
Make bow ties. Cut a piece of ribbon from the long side of the Fruit Roll-Up, and form a loop. Put a little of your cornstarch glue where you make the joint. Repeat this step with another piece of ribbon, either of the same color or a different color. Pinch the two loops together, overlapping the seams of each loop. Wrap a small piece of ribbon around the pinched center to make a bow. Secure the bow tie at the back with a toothpick. Break off any excess toothpick.
Add ribbons coming down from the bow tie to make a Western-style Fruit Roll-Up tie. Cut two even lengths of ribbon, and secure them to the back of the bow with a toothpick. Cut a V-shaped notch on the end of each ribbon, or cut the ribbon diagonally. Bow ties can be attached to another length of ribbon to go around the neck.
Vary the width of the ribbon for bigger ties, or flatten the ribbon for a more formal look. Use double or triple loops of different colors for bigger bows. Fruit Roll-Ups with patterns or mixed colors, like "Tropical Tie Die" flavor, make especially colorful ribbons and bows. Get fanciful, and let your kids' imaginations take flight.
Tips & Warnings
- Cornstarch keeps hands and tools from getting sticky.
- Don't worry about excess cornstarch on the Fruit Roll-Ups. Most of it will fall off, and the rest will simply be absorbed by the moisture in the Fruit Roll-Ups.
- This craft is most successful in a cool, dry environment.
- Remove the toothpicks before allowing the children to eat the bow ties.
- Fruit Roll-Ups "Stickerz" do not work well for this project.
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