To celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in our area I decided that my daughter and I should make our own torch. Explaining the Olympics and the significants of the torch to a toddler is quite tricky but I wanted her to get excited about it and this seemed like a good way to get started.
We used the cardboard tube from some wrapping paper which I cut in half. I initially tried a kitchen roll tube but it didn’t seem long enough. I then made a vertical cut from top to bottom so that I could roll it into the cone shape. I did the same with a shorter roll which I then popped into the top to block up the open side. I just happened to have some gold tissue paper lying around that we used to cover it. Before attaching the gold paper I wanted to give it the spotty effect. In reality of course, these are holes but I didn’t want to complicate matters. I realised that bubble wrap would be ideal for the pattern. So The Limpet got to work on painting the bubble wrap and printing it onto the gold paper.
The finished effect was pretty amazing and with a bit of orange and yellow tissue paper the torch was ready and alight.
And the reason I wanted to put in such an effort was that I knew one of todays torch bearers. It was so exciting to be there amongst the crowd and join in the celebration. I even got to hold the torch (before it was lit!) And The Limpet got to compare her torch to the real thing.