Last week our church had Vacation Bible School. Since we don’t own a building – we have our Sunday morning services a downtown performing arts center – we have to get creative with VBS. In years past, we’ve had VBS at the zoo and at a historical park. This year we had VBS at the at the square downtown. At first I thought it would be too small, but it really worked out great. We had about 100 children and about 50 youth and adult volunteers. There was plenty of shade and even a stage.
At the end of each evening, they would choose a couple of groups to get the spirit sticks and the next day those groups go to carry them around. The sticks were just simple pinata sticks and the kids were alittle rough with them. After a couple of nights one of the teachers asked Phoebe if she could redecorate one of them. After the last night she took the remaining ones home and is redecorating them for Kids Camp. This is how she did it …
The first thing you need to do is to cut about 12 lenths of ribbon that are about 6-8″ each. Tape those to one end of the stick, so that they dangle -kind of like bike handle ribbons. (Phoebe did hers a little different, but this is how she’ll be doing the ones for Kids Camp.)
Next, take your first color and wrap it the opposite way you did the first time so that the ribbons crisscross. Do it again with the second color (each time you add a ribbon be sure to tape the ends to the stick.)
Once all the ribbon are wrapped around the sticks we covered the whole thing with packing tape. We started at the end that did not have the ribbons dangling and I held the tape and Phoebe rolled the stick on to the tape. When we got to the end we held the dangling ribbons so that they would not get taped in and taped all the way to the end. We even went up over the dangling ribbons a little so that they look they are coming out of the middle.
Last but not least, curl the ribbon.