Scrap Happy Thaumatropes November 2021

Prototypes

Last year I participated in a crafty advent calendar –  24 people each made 24 craft items, which were gathered together and redistributed. Everyone got back a box of 24 different gifts to open, one each day of December until Christmas Eve.  This year we were asked to make 25 gifts – I am making a 19th Century amusing toy called a  Thaumatrope, (Wonder-spinner).

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Stack of Slats

Willa helped cut some old scraps of broken IKEA blinds into 25 little pieces of wood…

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Wood-burned tree-shapes

I used my pyrography set to burn a tree shape on one side of the wood…

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Sorted

…Willa helped organise them…

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Painted

…and then painted them green!

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Gold paint

The other side of the wood has a star, ornaments picked out with gold paint, and Christmas presents.

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Glitter

Willa begged for Glitter at the top of the star…

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Glue

…so we added a dot of glue, and a sprinkle of Glitter.

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Finished!

Some of the wood needed a little wash of brown paint to even out the colour.

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String

Willa helped with the final job of threading strings through the holes…

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Tree, and ornaments

…here they are – 25 Christmas Thaumatropes all finished!

 

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To see approximately what happens when you spin the Thaumatrope (unless you are sensitive to flashes) click this link 

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ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th! If you like the idea and want to join the group, contact Kate or Gun who devised and run this group.  Their blogs are the first two links below:

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28 thoughts on “Scrap Happy Thaumatropes November 2021

  1. These are wonderful, and what a helper Willa was! I love your idea for the Advent gifts–one opened each day of Advent! I hope we’ll get to see what you and the Quimper Hittys open this Advent!

    • This is the second year that we have participated in this lovely advent tradition – imported by a lovely German friend who used to do it in her home country. I’ll show you – we’ll post a blog story every few days in December!

  2. Have missed some of the recent postings but have read them all now. Enchanting narratives they are as always.
    The thaumatropes are amazing! Again, earthly enchantment reigns at Q Street. Thank you for your sharing of fun times there.

    • You are very welcome! We are glad you’ve enjoyed the recent narratives, it is fun to play, we do have mall little wooden people who are very helpful in promoting enchanting times in Quimperland!

    • Thanks so much! Willa is an old-fashioned girl, and has been showing us lots of useful and fun old-fashioned amusements, we have been enjoying her company very much, and she does fit right in!

    • We enjoyed the project last year so much that it was not hard to decide to do it again…yes two little gifts was a bit of a stretch, but it was worth it – and we got an extra box to share!

  3. Very similar to the spinning button toys we used to make with circles of wood, 2 holes, and a single thread in a loop through holes. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. They were always fun to play with… the world’s first “fidget spinner” LOL!

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