Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY fun wands

Mighty M came up with a great idea
to be a wizard for this years
Halloween party.
That meant mommy had to get to work.
Little guy wanted to enter the homemade costume contest.
We had the whole costume ready but what
is a wizard without his wand.
I knew I had to make him one.
Thought about it and did some Googling.
Miss Blue was going to be a witch she 
was going to need a wand as well.

It was easy and fun, and the kids loved them.
Perfect accessories for their magical costumes.
Since today is Saturday we had a 
wand-erful day planned.
Just in case your little ghoul is in need of a wand 
or you are just a Harry Potter nerd and want a 
wand for your self.
Here are some very simple instructions.

DIY WAND 
Items needed
Chopsticks
Glue
Paper
Paint
Hot Glue
Gems
Paint brush

You can use regular wood chopstick.
I used metal chopsticks to add more weigh.
Cover your work area with
newspaper to avoid making a mess.
You will be working with paint and hot glue.

First step is to tightly roll the paper around the chopstick.
Once the paper is tightly rolled take
some Elmer's glue and glue it down.
Let it sit for a few minutes.
I also like to twist it very lightly to add 
some creases and wrinkles to the paper.
To seal the ends of the wands I
stick the hot glue gun tip in and fill it up.
That way the ends are solid and you don't
have to worry about them.

Next is painting, we had
these kiddie finger paint brushes.
Now normally a wand would be 
a brown or tan.
But that is a bit boring for us.
We prefer bright fun colors.

Give a few minutes for the paint to dry.
No worries if the paint job is not perfect.
This is only the base color.
Once paint is dry, plug in the hot glue gun.
Take your wand and have a little glue fun.
This is what is going to make the wand.
Do as much of little as you want it is really up to you.
I like to put a lot on my wand
 I think it adds to it greatly.
It also helps if you are slowly spinning the wand
 when putting on the hot glue.
Let the hot glue dry and harden.
Time to pick another color for your wand.
Mighty M wanted to use green for his second layer.
Lightly go over the hot glue spots with brush or finger.
This gives it a vine effect and looks super cool.
To add a bit of sparkle to the wands we added
some gems on random spots.
Just put a dot of hot glue on the wand and 
carefully place the gem.
Miss Blue also added some beads to her
wand she wanted it to be extra sparkly.
A great place for a gem is on the wand tip.
Here are the finale three wands.
The best part is you can do a wand of any color.
You can do it simple or more decorative.
It is really up to the maker and that's
what makes this a fun activity.
I have a feeling Miss Blue and I will
be making many more wands in the future.

Thanks for stopping by 
The Dollhouse....

5 comments:

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    1. They are a lot of fun to make! The possibilities are endless.

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