A broken thumb meant several weeks in a cast, so we decided to make the most of it! He had the coolest cast in school and I got the Best Mom Award, until I made him do his chores EVEN with a broken thumb. I’m the worst.
- Metallic gold paint (we found some at the Dollar Store)
- Flat gems from the craft store (we ended up buying a whole bucket to ensure we’d have the right colors and sizes, but it was only $5)
- Hot glue gun
- Brown marker
At the doctor, we chose yellow for his cast, since that was the closest color. When we got home, we painted the whole thing gold and used a hairdryer to speed up the process (while we looked up a picture for reference).
Time to collect the stones! (As you can see above, we dumped out the bucket of gems to find the right shapes, sizes and colors of each stone.) We used the glue gun to attach the gems, in the correct order, of course.
Next was the hardest part: the design. I’m not the most accurate artist, so trying to get a precise line with a glue gun was not really an option, but I did the best I could. After that dried, we put on another coat of paint so the glue would match the rest of the cast … er, I mean gauntlet. (I happened to have a stick of gold glue so I put a border around each gem, but you can skip that step.)
Didn’t quite look movie-quality yet (so close though), so I used a brown permanent marker to “shade” the area around the glue to make it stand out more. Muuuuuch better.
Tadaa! Too bad you can’t snap with a broken thumb.