I guess if I were to be describe by a toy, a yo-yo would be a good description. I can be a bit of a fruitcake, but in a very good way, I promise. I’m an Aquarius – you have to forgive me! We have our heads in the clouds. So the yo-yos. When I spotted these at Michaels, I squealed. Can I tell you that a large part of my childhood was spent practicing with my Duncan? The funny thing is that I had more than one. These were competition quality yo-yos, my friends. My brothers and I had them and learned all sorts of tricks. I could walk the dog, do the sleeper and more.
I even watched the Yo-Yo Man (on the Smothers Brothers). And know I’m realizing that I’m an enormous dork, so I should probably move onto the tutorial before I embarrass myself further. I blame my mom, since she’s the one who bought us the yo-yos. If you want to do the same to your children, then follow these instructions.
Gather These Supplies
Wood yo-yos – Creatology at Michaels. Yes, these actually work!
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Ballet Pink and Blue Ink
FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram and Royal Blue
Mod Podge Gloss
Scrapbook paper – I used American Crafts Everyday and DCWV Animal Crackers
As I’ve written this entry, I’ve become intrigued by yo-yo’ing again, and I might have to take it back up.
I think I’m going into a “state of yo.” Peel the stickers off.
Trace the yo-yos onto your scrapbook paper. I used two different scrapbook papers, as you saw. Obviously you’ll need two circles – so do it twice.
Cut the circles out carefully. Set the paper aside.
Paint your yo-yos. If your papers are thick enough, just paint the edges. I didn’t worry about painting down into where the string was. Allow to dry.
Put a medium layer of Mod Podge down onto the yo-yo and spread out – put the paper down and smooth thoroughly. Wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the edges when you are spreading. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then repeat with the other side.
Coat the entire yo-yo with Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then put on another coat. Be careful not to get the Mod Podge down onto the string! If you do, your yo-yo won’t actually “yo.”
I wanted a little “schwing” added to the outside rim of both yos, so I added FolkArt Extreme Glitter. I added Royal Blue (which I have a “pre-release jar” of) to the Blue Ink and Hologram to the Ballet Pink. I allowed to dry and gave two coats.
I even went “wild and crazy” with the pink yo-yo – I did flowers one side and dots on the other. Now time to show all my friends and family my amazing yo-yo tricks!