So, here it is . . . FINALLY! I love to make things and I'm doing so all the time, so why is it when I want to make something special for someone, it's always LATE!?!? I hate myself for that.
My girlfriend had her second son on February 3rd. I wanted to make her something that she one, wouldn't get from someone else, and two, wouldn't already have (being the second boy and all.)
I originally wanted to put the baby's birth info on each of them. (ie, the red ball would say the baby's weight, the orange ball would say the birth date, and so on.) I attempted three or four times before I decided I was just ruining the simplicity of these colorful toys.
The bucket that works SO perfectly is from a tub of pretzel sticks purchased at BJ's. I just used a utility blade, sliced the sides, burned the ends of my ribbon, slipped it through, and tied knots on the inside to make the handle. I played around with different ideas to decorate the bucket as well, but come to the same conclusion. Simple is better here. I'm thinking about slipping a piece of scrapbook paper with his name or whatever. Then they can just remove it because I do love how you can see the balls through the bucket.
I can't wait to deliver the baby's gift. I'm sure he'll love it (eventually . . . sooner than we think!) It amazes me how all four of my children ranging from one years to seven years just love this toy.