I need ideas for princess wands. There must be reasonable cost in supplies. I need to have about 55 of them! I have craft supplies to draw from, but they need to be simple. I will make the basic wand and preschoolers will decorate them. They shouldn't break easily, no sharp points and shouldn't take me hours to make.
how about dowels from the hardware store... or any 'stick'
and use those old bows and ribbons from christmas.
Staple the bow on the stick and add all the flying ribbons you want.
If nothing else the cat will love to chase it. ;)
We make one every christmas for our cats.
Use tongue depressor-like things for the wand itself. The kids can tape tinsel, ribbon, glue sparkles, etc. to them.
I was just thinking perhaps you could use straws. They are not too expensive. Would not break and would not hurt any one that may get hit (by accident). Also you could find some paper with a shine to it or lightly spray with glitter spray. Once dried, run it thru a paper shredder. Bunch it up and staple it on. Or twist it together and insert it in the straw and glue. Make little stars out of poster board or card paper, glue two of them together with a tooth pick in between them (half of it left out) Spray star also to shine and insert the tooth pick into the straw with the shredded paper tasseling out. Hope this gives you some ideas. Sounds like fun!
If you go to a craft or paper store... They sometimes have free (if you buy the paper there) "Die-Punch" machines... sometimes you do it yourself, sometimes they'll punch what you need for you... Anyway, Have them punch out a whole bunch of card-stock Stars... you can then lay the stars on a plastic shower curtain from the dollar store, then spray the stars (outside) with spray glue, then sprinkle glitter on them ... Then affix the glittered stars to long straws from the dollar store (for handles)... (You can also use wooden "skewers, like for shis-co-bob, if the kids were older)
* Instead of using glitter for sparkle, you can spend a bit more to buy gold or silver cardstock, or use tin-foil to cover the stars for extra glitz...
You know, I was thinking, Fun Foam could also be used for these wands. You could cut stars out of it with pinking shears then glue on those cheap plastic jewels. My friend makes these for kids. She then adds 5 or 6 strands of different colored of curling ribbon to the wand for extra fun & color.
Use pastel plastic drinking straws for the wand. Use a stack of coffee filters, leaving them stacks drop/squirt colors of liquid food color on them. they will bleed and mix colors. fold the coffee filter and staple a folded point to the straw. They look cuter than they sound. the kids can color,add feathers what ever you are up too. They can also use cut up pieces of straws to sting for a matchin necklace using dental floss.
You can check with places like Walmart or other local stores. They will donate the items you need most of the time, especially if they're for a school. Check the paint section for the wooden paint stirring sticks. They will not break easily and may be free. I think you can buy them if you wish. Another thing is to use the popsicle sticks. Your local stores will donate boxes of them as well. Hope this helps!
Cardstock paper will work well for the decorated part. Or you could buy 1 or two sheets of poster board and cut them out of that. I think posterboard is only about 50 cents a sheet!
You might try making a template for a star that the kids can cut out, paint and then glitter on both sides. Attach this to a plastic straw. They do have really long straws at food wholesalers very inexpensively. You could attach the stars with hot glue having "moms" help with this part. Hope this helps. I loved teaching lower elementary kids. They will love this. You might even punch holes in the straw end and have them thread yarn strands through to add a little extra dazzle. All of this helps with fine motor skills; cutting, threading, painting, etc. Have fun! :)
How about chopsticks? U can get multipacks at dollar stores. Small styro balls that you could dip in glue and glitter, poke a hole in ball beforehand. Fill hole with glue and insert painted chopstick. Let dry. You could easily get the kids to add ribbons, crepe paper streamers or other embellisments to the stick too.
Cover wooden dowels with glue, roll in glitter, stand upright to dry. The children can decorate pre-cut stars (or cut themselves depending on skill level) and decorate with glitter, crayons, paint, tinsel, etc. Then staple the star onto the decorated dowel.
I once made Spiders from Sweetgum balls and attached them with an elastic thread to a stick. I went to a florist and bought the sticks they use for balloon bouquets. They look like a straw, but are a lot sturdier and a little bit longer than a drinking straw. They were inexpensive.
Harlean from Arkansas
Try rolling up paper to make the stick and then stick a star cut out of card on the top.
I am going to use the kabob skewer sticks you can buy at the grocery store or Walmart for the wand part and make the pointy end the part that has the star attached on both sides so that the pointy tip isn't showing at all and can't be dangerous.
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