How many times have you watched, fascinated, the seemingly endless stripes of a barber's pole ? The same fascination can be derived from this paper "barber's pole," and it's so simple that anyone can make it.
All you need are two strips of paper-one red and one white. (For the best effects, paper that has a glossy finish is recommended.) The strips should be about six inches wide and about a yard long.
Place the red strip on top of the white, with the red one lapping over the white about one inch on the right-hand edge. Paste a little paper tab to the lower left-hand corner of the-red strip, and then roll the two strips of paper up together, beginning at the lower ends-where the tab is-so they will form a roll about an inch thick.
When these are rolled up, put a rubber band over the roll to keep it from unwinding. Hold the roll so that the paper tab is on the right-hand side. (This is important if you want both colors to appear correctly.) Pull the tab slowly, and out will come alternate strips of red and white, for all the world like a real barber's pole!
You can put Mother's unused Mason jars (or any other) to good use by this simple plan of decorating them.
Cut out scraps of colored paper-from magazines, comic strips or colored drawing paper-into any shape you like. You can have a mixture of triangles, circles, rectangles, or perhaps you'll prefer to use one consistent shape. Have your cutouts varying in size, but not too large, and paste them to the jar one by one until they cover all of it except the neck and bottom.
After you cover the jar with the colored bits of paper, give the area covered by paper at least two coats of lacquer or shellac. For added beauty to the jar, a coat of paint on its neck and bottom will provide an attractive finish.
When the completed jar is dry, it's all ready to be used as a vase along with the best of them.
One narrow strip of stiff paper can be made into a clever "helicopter" as shown in the drawing. Cut along the solid line and fold along the dotted lines. Weight the lower portion with staples, paper clips, or a nail to make the model stable.