Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Princess Wand Tutorial

Remember Mackenzie's princess party way back in the beginning of December?
I'm finally getting around to posting the tutorials for the party favors I made.
I know...I can be a major slacker!

Today I'm going to show you how to make a princess (or prince!) wand and Thursday I'll show you how to make a princess crown/tiara.

I made most of the wands for Mackenzie's party very girly for all the princesses

but I also made a few more manly versions for the princes.

Ok let's begin:

You will need:
-wooden dowels (I got mine in a package from Michaels or Walmart...I bought them so long ago I can't remember where I found them)
-hot glue gun
-puffy paint (optional)

Step 1:
Cut out two star shape templates, one slightly larger than the other.
(When I make templates for anything I usually try to use cardstock if I have any laying around, otherwise I just use some scrap paper.)

Step 2:
Using your templates, cut the two star shapes out of felt.
Then, using the larger of the two star templates, cut one more slightly larger star shape out of felt. This will be used for the back of the wand.

Step 3:
Cut 3 pieces of ribbon for each wand. You can make them as short or long as you like, depending on the length of your dowel.

All that pretty ribbon makes me happy :)

Step 4:
Layer the 3 pieces of ribbon on top of each other,

and tie in a knot around the top of your dowel.

Repeat a zillion times if you are making them as party favors :)

Step 5:
Hot glue the smallest star onto the next largest star. These 2 pieces will be the front of your wand.
*Please note you should NOT glue the largest star (which will be the back piece) on yet! This picture is totally misleading. Sorry!

Step 6:
Grab the largest star (the back piece) and hold it in your hand.

Apply a generous amount of hot glue in the center of the star, then stick the dowel with the ribbon down into it.

*I think I also added a tiny bit of hot glue to attach the ribbon knot to the dowel to make it extra secure.

Step 7:
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the entire star (being careful not to go too far out to the edges because a bit of it will show from the front) and then quickly and carefully attach the front star piece, sandwiching the ribbon and dowel in between the two layers.

And there you have it!

A beautiful princess wand!

As a last minute detail before the party I decided to add each child's name to the front of the wand with puffy paint.
I didn't want there to be any fights over who had who's wand since they were all a little different.

As a craft during the party I even let the kids decorate the back of their wands with glitter. The kids had a great time and it ended up turing out really cute. Check out the details here :)

Don't forget to check back on Thursday for the princess crown tutorial.

But in the meantime,
happy wand making!

And as always, feel free to contact me with any questions :)


Brandy@YDK said...

super cute and looks super easy

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Those are so cute!

... said...

Omigosh! I made the same wand for my niece last Christmas. But yours is much prettier. I think my niece might need a tiara to match her wand... Thanks for the idea!

Olivia said...

I made some of these wands to wave at our Fourth of July parade years ago using a tutorial from FamilyFun Magazine!

Cute! Like the tiaras also!

Unknown said...

Lovely! You inspired me for my girl's birthday princess so I ended up using this tutorial and the one for the Tiara as well. You can check how mines turned out in my blog http://lillysbackyard.blogspot.com/

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