4 timber batons, 40mm wide x 20mm thick x 85mm long 1 piece dowel, 18mm wide x 1m long 2 pine dowel pieces, 8mm x 40mm 19mm spade drill bit 10mm drill bit 150 grit sandpaper 2 pieces cotton rope, 60cm long Resene Quick Dry Sealer Resene Lustacryl paint in your favourite colour (we used Resene Snowy Mint) 1 Drill a 19mm hole 100mm down from one end of each of the timber batons. Drill a 10mm hole at the opposite end of each of the batons. 2 Sand the baton edges, then roll up the sandpaper to sand the inside and edges of the larger hole in all of the batons. 3 Drill a 10mm hole 15mm from each end of the dowel. Sand the length of the dowel, hole edges and ends. 4 Paint all batons and dowel with a coat of Resene Quick Dry Sealer and leave to dry. 5 Paint with two coats of Resene Lustacryl, leaving to dry between each coat. Sand all pieces lightly before painting with the last coat of paint. Leave to dry. 6 Thread two batons onto each end of the dowel and push a small pine dowel piece through each of the holes in the dowel, to hold the batons in place. 7 Thread cotton rope through the batons on one side and knot at each end. Do the same with the other pair of batons. 8 Remove batons from one end of the dowel to thread on baby gym toys.
TO MAKE GYM TOYS
Flannelette baby swaddling cloths (I used a pack of three from Kmart) Wooden curtain rings Sewing machine
PLAITED GYM TOY
1 Cut three 8cm strips from one of the cloths and iron in half lengthways. Stack strips together and sew together at one end, then plait strips and sew other end. 2 Fold plaited length in half and thread looped end through a wooden ring. Thread loose ends of the plaited length through the loop to secure to the wooden ring. Repeat with another cloth. 3 Use wooden ring to hang on baby gym.
RING ENDED GYM TOY
1 Cut an 8cm strip from one of the cloths and fold both sides in so they meet in the middle and iron flat. 2 Fold in half lengthways to create a loop at one end. Fold unlooped ends over 60mm and sew to create a loop. 3 Thread large looped end through one of the rings and thread small looped end through the loop to secure to the wooden ring. 4 Repeat to make another one using one of the other swaddling cloths from the packet. 5 Use a small loop to hang on baby gym, so the wooden ring is hanging down for baby to reach and play with.