A few weeks ago, I read about Top Craft Blogs by Moms and from there, I somehow came to land (and totally adored) this post from Hellobee. It’s one of those projects that makes me say, “I had to try that!” And try it I did.
When I was gathering the materials, I realized I had one major problem: the wooden dowel. I’ve seen smaller dowels in National bookstore, just about a little thicker than a matchstick – almost like a barbecue stick. And it’s also just about 4 inches (approximately the length of a popsicle stick) so it wouldn’t work. So, I asked for the help of our production team and they suggested (1) an arnis stick – the problem is it’s varnished, and (2) the handle of a mop. I went for number 2, the mop handle!
They cut the mop handle (in case you’re wondering, they replaced it with a metal pipe) and – tadah! – I now have a wooden dowel! It’s quite bigger that the one Hellobee used but it’s all I have for now and I’m happy with it! So, here’s how it turned out:
// The acrylic paints are also from National Bookstore. I got them near the pen section, they are not on public display. They are one of those products that only the sales person has access to.
// The bells are from Expressions @ Php 18. I would have bought the silver ones but I can’t find them. I bought my silver bells then from National Bookstore too in the scrapbooking section.
// The Vinyl Sticker are scraps from our printing business 🙂 (the perks, ya know!)
For the Instructions, here you go!
 Put the monogram stickers in the middle, ideally below parallel to the space between the two holes.
 Use washi tape, or a thin masking tape, to mark the area where you will paint.
 Paint the marked area with the color of your choice using a foam brush.
 Paint the other area with a contrasting color, or any color appealing to your child.
 Cut about 5-6 inches of the fuzzy wire. Insert it on the hole and make a knot to secure the bells.
 Continue with all three holes.
 Remove the tapes and the vinyl sticker to reveal your design.
TADAH! A wooden rattle! 🙂
It might always be easier to buy one for a cheaper price, but making one yourself is so rewarding (and addicting, too!). When you see the finished product, you feel it’s very priceless. I made two for The Son and B, my nephew.