Ive been searching everywhere for a way to make my own Bendaroos. Ya know, those fun bending little strings? They are so expensive. Anyway, I found a way to make them and it works really well! Here's how . . .
Make your own Wikki Stix/Bendaroos-style Toys
1 toilet sealant wax ring (cost me $1.59)
1/2 cup of paraffin wax (1 box cost $3.49-you can get 4-batches from 1-box)
Colorful yarn cut into 8-10 inch pieces.
Brown paper bag or wax paper
(This batch makes about 80-90 pieces.)
Melt the toilet wax ring and the paraffin wax in a double boiler (I used an oven safe glass bowl inside of a pot of water)
Once the wax has started to melt pull out the plastic ring part out of the wax and discard it.
Once all the wax is melted, drop 4-5 pieces of yarn into the wax. Let them get completely coated.
Using small metal tongs or tweezers, pull them out by dragging them up against the side of the bowl to removes excess wax. Lay them on a brown paper bag or wax paper to dry.
I tried just dropping a bunch in and letting them cool in a clump. It worked “ok” but those pieces ended up having dried clumps of wax on them. Just works better to take the time to do just a few at a time
Don’t stress out trying to lay them all out straight. It just doesn’'t matter in the end.
I used all of the wax and ended up with about 80 12-inch pieces.
The colors end up darker than the beginning color so our brown was pretty much just black. Our orange & pink were both a salmon color. Purple was dark purple. )