Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
HOW TO: Make a Sippy Cup Name Tag
What do you do at a toddler gathering with a table filled with identical cups?
I bought some Klean Kanteen sippy cups online last November. Everything was copacetic for a few months until three local natural food stores began selling the cups. Now everyone has them.
I tried marking our cups with a Sharpie pen, but the ink rubbed off during washing. Then good ol’ Mom got the idea to wrap a string of beads around the cup. The ribbed bottleneck design of the Kanteen makes it possible.
The idea is simple. Buy a thick elastic cord or sturdy metal resizeable chain and some beads that fit your cord. String up the beads, cinch them tight against the bottle and tie or secure the string.
If you have the tension right, the beads stay in place even if the bottle is turned upside down.
It’s important to have your chain or cord selected before buying beads because the holes running through your beads may be too small for your chain. Select plastic or metal beads instead of glass or ceramic if you fear their breakage.
The easiest way to approach this project is to visit a bead store. When I say “bead store” I mean a store with tables filled with hundreds of types of beads for sale, a store oriented toward helping people make their own simple jewelry. Tell a staffer what you want to do and let them lead you through the process. You’ll pay more for the beads, but if you bring your sippy cup, you’ll walk out of the store with a finished product.
Safety disclaimer: My almost-3-year-old daughter responsibly handles her sippy cup and does not stick objects in her mouth. If a bead chain were to break it would unleash a visually enticing deathtrap if your kid tried to swallow the beads. So, use good judgment in deciding whether this project is a good fit for your child.
Now, if you use straight lined plastic sippy cups, a loop of beads probably won’t stay in place. Have you come up with another method for distinguishing your toddler’s cup?