I found the inspiration for this very simple but fun craft to make your own wooden tops at Kleas… and when I saw that this was something that the blogger had made with her son and his little buddies at his pre-school, I felt fairly confident that we could handle it!
All you need are wooden dowels and wooden wheels that will fit snugly over the dowels- both of which I found easily at our local crafts store. If you'd like to make your wooden top a bit more colorful, you can paint the wheel with acrylic paint and allow it to dry before assembling your top.
Cut the dowels into 3-inch lengths (I had to use my hubby's hand saw to do this), and then using a pencil sharpener (either electric or manual) sharpen one end into a point. Use a little sandpaper to smooth the sharpened end so that there are no rough edges. And you want the bottom of your point to be flat so the top has something to spin on. Then fit your wheel onto the dowel so it rests in the lower third of the dowel… I needed to use a hammer to lightly tap the wheel into place.
If you enjoyed this, please check out my other summer camp at home craft ideas:
- Make and Paint Birdhouses
- Glass Pendant Necklaces
- CD Labyrinths
- Create Your Own Camp T Shirts
- Teach Your Kids to Draw This Summer
- Stamped Rocks
- Make Your Own Lava Lamp
- Jeans Pocket Notebooks
- Write Notes Using Invisible Ink