Velcro. Raise your hand if you have something in your home with velcro on it. I’m sure you all raised your hands enthusiastically, but do you know how velcro was invented? Neither did we, but we found out in a short story we read on GenZ Read Together.
Since I read about the invention of velcro with Fen, I’ve been wanting to try to make duct tape velcro bracelets for ages. We also watched a video of David Letterman with his velcro suit jumping and sticking onto a velcro wall- remember when he did that? We rounded out our velcro exploration with the duct tape bracelet project, and I decided to get Beckett in on the action by making him duct tape watches.
Want to make some? Here’s our process: Materials:
- duct tape and washi tapes if you so desire
- velcro squares (they’re almost 1″ x 1″ square)
- printer paper
- permanent marker (for the watch faces)
Directions: You can approach the bracelet in a couple of ways. The easiest way is to cut off a long piece of tape and fold it sticky-side together, lengthwise. Wrap it around your wrist to measure the length, keeping in mind you will need about 1″ of overlap for the velcro square to be attached. Cut it to size with scissors. Decorate the bracelet with more tape, and add the velcro squares onto the ends. It’s that easy!
The second way we made the bracelets was by laying out stripes of tape onto a piece of printer paper, and then cutting out the strip to fit Fen’s wrist. For Beckett’s watches, we followed the bracelet directions, but added a watch face to the top. To make the watch face, simply place a strip of duct tape on either side of a piece of paper or card stock, trace around a small circle (we used a cap), and cut out. Draw on your watch numbers and attach it using more velcro. You can make several different watch faces to switch out according to your wee one’s outfit. Stylish.