Animal Jam Walking Stick Tutorial!
Thank you to National Geographic Kids’ Animal Jam for sponsoring this post!
Do your kids play National Geographic Kids’ Animal Jam? It’s an online playground where kids can create a character, play games, and have adventures, all while learning about the natural world. It’s from National Geographic Kids, which is a brand that I trust as a parent to provide a solid educational interactive experience for my kids, not just the usual video game mind mush.
When you first start your Animal Jam adventure, you’ll meet Liza, the Panda Alpha. Liza welcomes new players and helps show them the ropes around the land of Jamaa. I wanted to create a project that would help bring some of Liza’s fun accessories offline and into real life pretend play, so I made her walking stick and that cool utility belt that she wears around her waist.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
A clean, sturdy stick
Felt, kelly green and line green
Green chenille stem, cut into 3 pieces
Strips of unbleached cotton fabric, about 2″ wide
Glue gin and glue sticks
Place the kelly and lime green pieces of felt together and cut leaf three leaves of each color. Shift the felt a bit so that the edges don’t line up perfectly and hot glue to make three leaves that are lime green on one side and kelly green on the other side. Hot glue green chenille stems to the center of each leaf, making sure some of the stem sticks out of the bottom.
Hot glue the stems to the walking stick with the right sides facing the stick.
When the glue dries, bend the chenille stems to shape the leaves. Hot glue the purple rhinestone to the top of the walking stick. Tip: If the end of the stick was broken and rough, apply a layer of hot glue over the rough end and let dry. You can add more layers of hot glue until you have a somewhat even surface to work with, then stick the rhinestone on top.
To get that rugged edge on the fabric, make a small snip and then tear it into strips.. Apply glue over the chenille stems and glue the end of the fabric over the stems to cover them.
Wrap the fabric down the stick, adding dabs of hot glue every few inches to help secure it. Tuck the loose end into itself, and add some glue under to keep it from unraveling. Add additional fabric strips as desired.
The rhinestone on the end is a cool touch. When we brought the walking stick out for a test run, it would glint in the sun every now and then, and the boys really liked that.
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