Friday, 9 February 2018

DIY FAIRY WANDS

Handmade touches to birthday parties always makes me so happy! I love creating little things that I know my kids will enjoy and love. Especially when it's so easy!

I was brainstorming like crazy once we decided on a fairy tea party theme, and I really wanted to make some pretty wands for the girls to play with.

Originally I wanted to find some wooden toppers (like a star wand) but after visiting many many many dollar and craft stores, I wasn't able to find what I was imagining. So I thought some more and decided that some simple wands with ribbons would have to do.

MATERIALS

Long Wood sticks
Glue gun
Ribbon (a variety of colors and widths)
Scissors







1. SELECTING RIBBON

I looked for a variety of ribbon in some shades that I thought would look nice with the party theme. I ended up choosing colours like pinks, purple, blue, teal, yellow, and mint. I went mostly with what I had on hand, but most came from the dollar store and Michaels.




2. CUTTING THE RIBBON

I took my wooden sticks and cut the ribbon to about 2x's the length of the stick. Once I got the first length, I just laid it out and cut the rest of the ribbon to about the same length. I wasn't that accurate and just used the first ribbon as a guideline. (You have to trim them at the end anyways, so don't worry too much about this part)


3. SELECT YOUR COLOURS

For this part, I just grabbed about 3-5 lengths of the pre-cut ribbon in colours that I thought looked nice together.  I made sure they were nice and even in length .



4. LIGHTLY TIE IT TO THE WAND

For this part here, I gathered them and tied them into a light knot. I went and completed these for all the wands and laid them all out on the table in a lineup. You don't want to tie them too tight becuase you'll still have to move them up and down on the wand stick.




5. GLUE IT

Once you're ready to glue them all, have them lined up like an assembly line. I moved the ribbon bunch down the wand stick a bit, and then added a dab of hot glue. Carefully move it so it's touching the wand stick and then tighten the knot. This way, the dab of glue will hold it well in it's place (so it doesn't slip down when the girls are playing with it) Keep doing this until they are all tied together.

6. TRIM THEM

Once they are all glued on, you can take a pair of scissors and cut them to your desired length. I liked them fairly long so I only trimmed it slightly above the bottom of the stick.







And that's it! 

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