Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire - Whimsical fire ribbons from An Everyday StoryOk, well not literally but imaginatively which is even more wonderful. Jack has been completely fascinated by fire for a little while now. I think it started with an interest in volcanoes. Almost all of his games, his drawings, his paintings end up going up in flames in one way or another.

At the end of last year, Jack had his preschool concert. It was about their weekly trips to Mt. Majura; their bush-preschool sessions. One scene had Jack completely mesmerised. A bushfire was sweeping in to rejuvenate the native plants. The costumes were gorgeous. Long flowing capes of ribbon in bright fiery colours. I could make that! I thought.

But then reality sets in, I am a much more hopeful sewer than competent one, and so I thought I could make him some fire wands instead. Jack and I went to the fabric store and he picked out three fire colours.

Ribbon wands for imaginary play from An Everyday StoryJust like the Waldorf wind wands I made, these are so incredibly easy and Jack, well Jack has not put these things down for a week! He runs and spins, catching everything in his path on fire. Then he sweeps through with his fire extinguisher (an empty sauce bottle haha) and puts it all out. He adores them.

Ok, and here’s the best part….

Mum has been on a bit of a decluttering frenzy lately and I rescued 16 of these wooden rings from the donate pile. So if you are in Australia (and willing to pay the postage) and fancy making your wee-ones a ribbon wand just leave me a comment.

Wind wand rings from An Everyday StoryYou can have up to two rings each until they are all gone (so potentially the first 8 people). Each ring weighs 16 grams so I wouldn’t imagine they would cost too much to send. You can buy the ribbon from Spotlight (4m for 99c). They have a huge selection of colours.

So would you like to make some ribbon wands? Oh and I was just thinking, if you get some, I would love to see how they turn out. Could you send me a pic or upload one to the FB page? That would be great 🙂

Thanks everyone. The rings have all found new homes.

I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful wands they make. 


27 thoughts on “Playing with Fire

  1. I would adore some ribbon wands for my family day care children!! I have subscribed to your blog and and are implementing some of your gorgeous ideas. love them all!
    Thank you!!

  2. I have been thinking of making ribbon wands for ages. Thank you for the inspiration xx
    Oh and ill say a pretty yes please 🙂

  3. I have been looking for some natural party favors for my son’s 4th bday party this weekend- fire fighter theme. These would be perfect…along with some clear tubing for a “hose”. I don’t live in Australia, but will be headed to the local craft store to see if I can find similar supplies. Thanks for the idea!

  4. That’s kind of you! I think I am too late in the comment section but I would love to know where to find similar rings. We have been ocean warriors lately with my 2.5 little man wanting to run further and further into the ocean and have the waves crash right onto his little ecstatic face. I would use ribbons the colours of the ocean and we could have the waves crash down on us on those days we can’t make it ot the beach.

    • I was thinking they would make great water and waves too. I think that sounds wonderful.

      With the rings though, I haven’t really seem them around too much. My mum is quite the hoarder and it is somewhat of a miracle that she is decluttering in the first place! 😀 They are old curtain rings for hanging big heavy curtains. You might be able to find some at a curtain store. Otherwise keep a look out at the charity stores. They are wonderful places for finding all kinds of things, and they will most probably have some big old curtains that you might be able to get the rings from… good luck 🙂

  5. I made some of these as party favours for Cam’s 3rd birthday party (fire truck themed) as well as some purple/pink ‘fairy’ one’s for the girls.

    I decided to make them and bought the supplies bulk off ebay/etsy after seeing some etsy sellers making them. They are easy and lots of fun. I sealed the ends of the ribbons by flame.


    • Which Etsy store did you buy them from Rach? I have had a lot of people asking me where to get them at a reasonable price. I’ve been on the look out at the Op shops but nothing yet.

      Jack would LOVE a fire themed birthday. Hmmmm it is his 4th birthday in a couple of months…yikes 4! Where did that time go???

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