Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fairytale Wand Tutorial

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Ever take your kids for a walk in the park and see them playing with something as ordinary as a stick.

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Their open imaginations can turn a fallen branch into a sword for vanquishing villains or a fairy wand. Want a fun craft that you can do with your kids. This one will be perfect. Help them make their own Fairytale Wand.

The Supplies you need can vary as far as what you want your wand to look like. Here are some of the items I used. I realize that not everyone has a wood-burning tool (found at most local craft stores from $13 -$35). I just happen to have one from my days as a Cub Scout Den Mother. But a fine or ultra-fine tip sharpie pen will give a very similar detail to your wands. O.K. back to supplies.

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A stick, or two or ten (depending on how many kids you have) – we prefer picking them up off the ground as they’ve fallen naturally and not take them from a living tree. Pruning shears, Sandpaper, Ribbon, Wire, Charms, Little screws or nails to attach certain extra objects. I also used some acrylic paints by Delta Creamcoat with either the word Pearls or Gleams in the title. They have a bit of a glitter in them.

The older the branch the easier it is to take the bark off them which I prefer to do. My bark came off a little easier because the branches had been out in the rain for a while. You may need to let them dry out.

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Using pruning shears I then took off anything I didn’t want and adjusted the length of the stick to the desired size.

Here’s where the kids can really help out – Sanding.

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Using sandpaper – sand your chosen twig to desired smoothness. This twig had the markings left by little tree worms and instead of sanding until our fingers were numb we decided to incorporate them into the wand’s design.

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Mark your wand with desired decorations in pencil first. My girls added things like hearts, stars and flowers. I added short quotes. Here are some of my favorite.

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. Jonas Salk

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
We will sing, and bless this place.

~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

"All women are princesses, it is our right." ~Maya, A Little Princess

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo

A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes. Disney

Once you’ve added your quotes and pictures take your wood-burning tool or sharpie pen and make those impressions permanent. Warning: I prefer to do the wood-burning myself. I have let my kids older than 9 use it before with very careful supervision. But even I sometimes get little burns.

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One of our wands we decided to just enhance the designs the wood worms left naturally.

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Once your designs are on – Paint Away.

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Here is where the kids really can leave their mark.

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Of course I was right beside the 3 year old helping smooth her paint along.

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Here are a few examples of designs we used.

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Basic shapes (stars, hearts, flowers) and words, names…

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Butterflies, Dragonflies, Lightening Bolts,

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The worms even left us a smiley face.

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Here’s a wand with the Shakespeare quote wrapped around it’s staff. Along with a trailing rose vine.

Once painted you can add accessories like ribbons for handles …

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Or tops.

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Flowers or Wire.

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Let your imagination rule your design.

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Here are some clever handles made by my friend Beth and her daughter.

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And her wand top was a precious glitter pinecone surrounded with ribbons bearing charms.

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So, make with your little ones a fairytale wand and it will get way more love and attention than any plastic sparkler found in the stores.

Happy Crafting.

5 comments:

Tonya said...

Cute and very original.

Jen said...

I'm lovin' your blog! So I'm going to follow.

Creative and Curious Kids!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD! THANKYOU!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR A FAIRY WAND THAT ISN'T TACKY LOOKING! YOU ARE A GODDESS!

brit said...

Thankyou. thankyou. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thanks for posting!