Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jump Ropes



One item on my girls' Christmas list is 2 long jump ropes — long enough to try double-dutch, to jump in back doors and front doors (remember how awesome jump roping is?). So that's what Ralph made. One for Maude and one for Olive.


I had pretty much nothing to do with this. The project was handed off to Ben Blair with the following explanation: Ralph is thinking about making jump ropes for Maude and Olive. But I have no idea how to make the handles. Will you please work with Ralph and figure something out?

They pow-wowed and came up with the idea of bike handles. Which worked perfectly.

Nice work, Ralph! Nice work Ben Blair!

Want more ideas? Here are some links to other sibling gifts we've made:
- Ribbon flowers (as belts, clips and hairpins)
- Glitter Initials
- Decoupaged Sketchbook

- Tutu, decoupaged bucket for matchbox cars, after-school bags, tiedye tees
- Flower headbands
- Wool mittens from recycled sweaters, embellished dragon mittens, sculpey bracelets, bibs, snowglobes and romper stompers made from cans

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16 Comments:

Blogger Kendra@My Insanity said...

I've been loving your sibling gift ideas! Thanks for putting all the links together in one place for reference!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:14:00 PM EST  
Blogger Barb said...

The handles are awesome, I especially like the cross-hatch. What width of rope did they use and how long did they cut for 'long' ropes?
I love your homemade gift ideas and tradition. Here is an idea for the future, I just made 5 myself and I love them:

http://www.youcanmakethis.com/blog/779/how-to-make-fabric-covered-beaded-necklaces-studio5-time.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger emily ballard said...

I am so impressed. My 2 girls asked for jump ropes this year too, but theirs were just purchased from the store. (Lame.) Why can't I be more creative?

My girls are making gifts for each other this year, but the only idea I had was have them make those fleece blankets by cutting the fringe and tying the knots around the edges. So they're secretly making each other identical gifts. . . out of different fabric, of course.

Next year I will have so many more great ideas to work with. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:28:00 PM EST  
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Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Damaris said...

my son really wanted a jump rope so I got him one for Christmas for $1 at Target.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:02:00 AM EST  
Blogger Aimee Friedrich said...

Next year I am going to get organized and help the kids make presents for each other. I love it. I better start planning now; for some reason when the time comes it doesn't happen.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 6:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

My daughters want jump ropes too! Perfect for my little man to make! We are also doing the flower headband and painted tote bags.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 8:19:00 AM EST  
Blogger floeff4972 said...

Thanks for the inspiration! My boys are 2 and 4 and we just finished our sibling gifts. The 2 yr old and I made recycled crayons for his brother, and the 4 yr old colored a dinosaur on a swatch of fabric and I sewed it onto a brown hoodie. They turned out great! AND were great fun to create.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 8:25:00 AM EST  
Blogger Wolfie and the Sneak said...

what a phenomenal idea!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:49:00 AM EST  
Anonymous EvaBabeDesigns said...

I'm hoping my husband will see your blog and make me a pair!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 12:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Miranda said...

I really love your homemade sibling gifts! I'm going to use that idea as soon as I have more than one kid. :) I'm right in the middle of my own handmade holiday right now and I'm having a ball!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 3:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Julia said...

Just wanted to say that my 5 year old son and I have been busily making sibling gifts for his two brothers and sister. Great tradition beginning. Also a question. Are you related to Maude Adams, the famous stage actress of the late 1800s/early 1900s? She was the inspiration behind James Barrie's Peter Pan.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 3:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger KJ said...

ok, this is fantastic. i would never have thought to make them on my own!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger bec said...

i can't say how much i love what you do with your sibling gifts, and i am excited to do it with my kids.

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7:45:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Jumproping IS awesome. What a great gift idea for any little girl (or boy, for that matter).

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 10:43:00 PM EST  
Anonymous ropes said...

Good to see the Nice ideas related to the Jump Ropes. I want to buy the Jump ropes. These ideas had helped me to buy the Jump ropes.

Monday, January 4, 2010 at 5:44:00 AM EST  

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