My adult daughter, Sela, had her tonsils taken out today. It seems the surgery is done in an ambulatory outpatient clinic these days. (No hospital stay.) Childcare for my 5 year-old granddaughter fell through the day before the surgery. My 5 year-old granddaughter would need to spend the afternoon hanging out in the surgery waiting room with me. Sela’s surgery check-in was scheduled for 1:30 and Zare gets out of kindergarten at 12:10. The timing was perfect. The estimate was a 3 – 4 hours wait, however it could run longer. (Which it did – we were there nearly 5 – 1/2 hours.) I knew I would need to take things to entertain an active child while we waited. I remembered seeing a tutorial from Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for fabric wrapped bracelets. I knew this project would capture a little girl’s attention.
The technique is similar to making fabric wrapped hangers (see my post on my shabby chic fabric-wrapped coat hangers here.) What makes the post on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom different is her ingenious way of making the bracelet itself. Jamie made the bracelets out of fish tank tubing and lollipop sticks.
The night before the surgery I put together a project bag of what we would need to do this craft in the Surgery waiting room. I had everything I needed with the exception of the fish tank tubing and lollipop sticks. A late night trip to the 24-hour Walmart yielded 25 feet of tubing for $3.25 and 5 little girl plastic bracelets for $2.99 (you can see what a great deal the tubing is compared to buying ready-made bracelets.) There were no candy making supplies at my Walmart so instead of the lollipop sticks I substituted chopsticks (which I had an abundance of at home.)
I made up a dozen tubing bracelet bases at home as I didn’t want to mess with a hot glue gun at the hospital. I packed up a snack bag, a couple of books, her play mat (to protect the waiting room table from her wild gluing habits), and a project bag with the following:
Fabric strips (various lengths but about 1/2 inches wide)
Xtreme School Glue Stick
Scissors and ribbons
We used the tube of school glue to attach the fabric to the bracelet base instead of hot glue. This is easier and safer for a 5 year-old to use. Zare spent most of the afternoon happily gluing the fabric to the bracelets. After the first bracelet she had the technique mastered.
While we were making the bracelets we talked about who we were making the bracelets for. Of course, the first one was for herself. The next one had to be for her mother, the third one for her best friend, Honey. (We always make something for Honey when we do projects.) Another for her aunt. When she ran out of family and friends Zare decided to make some for random people in the waiting room and finally for her Mom’s nurses.
The project worked out quite well. What with snack breaks, potty breaks, and time spent chatting up the other waiting-room visitors I was able to make the project last almost all afternoon.
The surgery was a success and I actually enjoyed the long hours of waiting.. Zare kept me entertained all afternoon.