I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I hate crafting. I mean I really hate it. My Mom, she’s a crafting queen. She can take just about anything and make it into a work of art. Growing up, she not only made my clothes, she also made my Barbie clothes. Yep, she’s that good. My kids also love any sort of arts and crafts project. I guess the crafting gene must have skipped a generation.
Since my kids are enamored with any and all crafting projects, our office has turned into their crafting room. They beg me to join them in their various projects just about every day, and just about every day I beg off. Today, however, the kids broke me down, and I was bound and determined to master the art of friendship bracelet making.
Auntie was oh so kind to buy Olivia the Alex Toys Friendship Wheel for her birthday. It’s an innocent enough looking gift, and comes complete with instructions and plenty of string.
This can’t be that hard right? It says it’s for kids 8 and up, so surely I should be able to figure it out. Olivia picked out her string, while I started reading the instructions. Right away, I realized these instructions seemed just as confusing as an IKEA instruction manual, so I turned to YouTube for help. I found a video with step-by-step instructions on how to turn a few pieces of string into a beautiful bracelet. I managed to figure out how to get the string onto the wheel, and got it going for Olivia. I’m not afraid to admit it took me a ridiculous amount of time to do, about a half hour. In the video, they finished it in about a minute.
Then of course Erin wanted one too, so I moved onto her bracelet. I got the wheel set up with the string in about 20 minutes, which I thought was a major accomplishment. Three hours later, (no joke) I finished the damn bracelet.
It may be hard to tell, but this is a flower design.
Although I hated every minute I spent hooking and unhooking the string around the foam wheel, the smile on Erin’s face says it all.
She loved it, and as a mom, it does my heart good, good enough to begrudgingly take on another bracelet. Olivia didn’t get very far on her creation, so she asked me to take it over. Through gritted teeth, I smiled and said yes. I’ll never love craft projects, but I love my kids, and I’m quite certain that after I finish Olivia’s bracelet, Carrie will probably be asking for one as well, and I’ll be cursing my way through a third one.