If you’ve got some leftover burlap ribbon and duct tape and don’t know what to do with them, why not whip up some beanbags? Make one, two or more and attach them together with a ribbon to give as gifts. I made one in pink camo for a girl and one regular camo for a boy.
For Duct tape beanbags you will need:
Duct tape in choice of color
Scraps of burlap ribbon 4 inches wide
Navy beans, black eyed peas or other dried bean
Plastic cutting board (optional but makes it easier to cut the duct tape)
1. Measure and cut 4 inches from the burlap ribbon. If you are using 4-inch wide ribbon you will have a 4-inch square. Repeat for a second square.
2. Working with the first burlap square cut four pieces 5 inches long from the duct tape. Begin to cover the burlap square till you have used all five pieces evenly across. Turn over.
3. Working on the backside of the burlap square with the sticky edges facing up, cut four 5-inch pieces of duct tape. Place the second burlap square on top of the first one. Begin on one side and attach a piece of duct tape. Repeat for the bottom edge and finish on the opposite side.
4. Add beans to the open end and close the opening with duct tape. Pressing around to secure. Trim up all around evenly.
5. Cut strips of duct tape and cover the uncovered center across. Cut four more strips of duct tape 5 inches long and reinforce all around each edge. Repeat steps 1-5 to make a second beanbag.
You will need:
Bowdabra mini bowmaker with ruler
Bowdabra bow wire
12 inches of ¾” wide grosgrain ribbon
Extra ¾” wide grosgrain ribbon for wrapping around the bean bags
Hook and loop fastener tape
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 12 inches long, fold in half and insert into the Bowdabra bowmaker
2. Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon 12 inches long. Insert into the bowmaker to the 2-inch mark.
3. Twist and make a loop to the 1 ½” mark on the opposite side.
4. Twist and make a matching loop on the opposite side. End with a two inch tail.
5. Scrunch down with the bowmaker wand.
6. Insert the two loose bow wire ends through the loop and pull tight. Remove the bow from the bowmaker and tie a knot in the back. Adjust the bow.
7. Attach with a glue gun a corresponding piece of the hook and loop tape to each side of a piece of ribbon that wraps around both bean bags with some excess ribbon. Glue the bow you’ve made on the ribbon end. Use it to attach the beanbags together for gift giving.