Felt Cuffs at Maker Faire

This cuff was our booth activity at this year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. It was two days of non-stop cuff-making madness, and it was so much fun. We were excited to receive the Educator Award for our activity, and we wanted to share the project that engaged 400 kids.

Here’s what we used:

  • Felt
  • Sticky-back felt sheets (or felt and glue)
  • Sticky-back Velcro dots (or snaps)
  • Scissors

First, cut a 3-inch wide strip of the plain felt. (We found that 3 inches is a good width for optimal decorating space and style, but feel free to make it larger or smaller.) We helped children measure the cuff around their wrist and cut so there’s an inch overlap. Stick on the Velcro dots – one on each side/end as the closure, and ta-da – a cuff!

From there, the kids decorated them by cutting the sticky-back felt sheets into various shapes and sticking them onto the cuff.  If you’d like, you can add sticky jewels or beads on a safety pin or marker.  A word of warning: we found that washable marker tends to smear.

What I loved so much about working on this project is how intense the kids got about these little strips of felt. Each cuff was unique.  My favorite moment of the day was when a 3-year-old who declared that his cuff was a wrist communicator and walked out of our booth telling his wrist, “Batman! Batman! Hello Batman!”

Here are just a few more of the amazing cuffs from our Maker Faire activity.

Hey – that’s our kiwi, on cuffs!

This is now my go-to activity for kids’ birthday parties. I love that it’s low-mess, accessible to all ages, and you can create a design that works for any theme from fairies to robots to pirates.

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