I've got a new Q-tips craft for you! This tutorial shows you how to make a travel game box using an empty Q-tips box and Q-tips! There are three different games: a maze, pick-up sticks, and a triangle puzzle board!
What You Need: empty box of Q-tips 40 Precision Q-tips acrylic paint in assorted colors paint brush thick white glue scissors ruler pencil decorative paper polymer clay rolling pin straight pin knife pattern for triangle peg game small bead for maze
How To Make Q-tip Pick-Up Sticks:
I decided on 25 Q-tips for this game. I don't have the original game so I just winged it on the number of sticks, colors, and point value. Using acrylic paint, paint 3 Q-tips blue (8 points), 8 Q-tips green (3 points), and 14 Q-tips red (1 point).
How to Play Q-tip Pick-Up Sticks: Bundle the sticks in your hand and then drop them on the table. Take turns picking up as many sticks as you can without moving any other stick except the one you are picking up. If you move a stick, then your turn is over. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
How To Make The Triangle Peg Puzzle Game:
1. Print out the triangle peg game pattern here and cut it out.
2. Work the polymer clay until it is soft and then roll it flat until it is large enough to accommodate the pattern (triangle is a little over 3¼" on each side). 3. Lay the pattern on top of the clay. Use the pin to prick the center of each circle. Then, using the side of the pin, trace the outline of the triangle onto the clay.
4. Remove the pattern. Cut away the edges using a sharp knife or something similar. 5. Cut or break a Q-tip in half and then use it to make holes on top of each of the pin pricks. Swirl the Q-tip around to make the hole slightly bigger - it will shrink a bit while baking. 6. Follow the directions on the package for baking. Mine was about ¼" thick so I baked it at 275°F for 15 minutes.
7. Mark the centers of 7 Q-tips and break or cut them in half. 8. Paint the 14 pegs with acrylic paint and let dry.
How To Play The Triangle Peg Puzzle Game: Insert 14 pegs into the board leaving one space empty. Jump one Q-tip peg over another, into an empty space, until only one peg is left. That sounds easy, but it's a fun little puzzle that will keep your busy for awhile!
How To Make The Bead Maze:
If you've been following my Q-tip crafts then you'll remember the large Q-tip maze that I made. This is a much smaller version.
Paint 8 Q-tips with green acrylic paint.
After they have dried, glue them into a simple maze pattern in the bottom of the Q-tips box. You may need more or less Q-tips depending on the pattern that you create.
How To Play The Q-tip Bead Maze: Just drop the bead into your maze and see how quickly you can get it from one end to the other!
Covering the Q-tips Box:
I used a page from an old road map to go with my travel theme, but you can use any kind of sturdy paper that you like. Decorate your own or choose a pattern. Measure and cut the paper to wrap around the outside sleeve of the Q-tips box, let it overlap by an inch or so, and glue in place.
You're finished! Now pack up your games and go somewhere!
This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.