There are some things that truly surprise me as a parent: kids will try to eat anything (once), children learn very quickly, and the toys we make at home are often more popular (and lasting) than store-bought ones.
These simple wands are so fun and our little girl loves them! We have made a few and also have some we’ve purchased, but each and everyone of them gets played with – sometimes all at once.
If you’re looking for an Independence Day craft for this July 4th, you might want to consider putting a few of these together. This was a very easy and quick craft, done on the back porch while my daughter played with her sand table.
The materials are inexpensive and you probably have them on hand already.
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Elise is really enjoying her sand table these days, especially after I put together the dinosaur play table with a volcano!
When it was raining the other day, she was nearly begging me to bring it inside so that she could play “dinosaur land” in the kitchen. Uh, no.
I didn’t borrow trouble and bring the sand table inside, but we did play with some dinosaurs to help scratch that itch. Along side the dinosaur train adventure she put together on the ottoman, sat the newest addition to her wand collection: the triple star wand.
Wands made from craft felt, embellished with rhinestones, ribbons or tulle, are a quick craft that the kiddos get a lot of joy out of. I’ve made a few wands for the little one and can safely say, I’ve found the absolute best craft glue for felt in order to hold those suckers together for life!
Here’s the little one testing glues with me – and yes, the caps are still on all of the glue bottles she’s “helping” me with. The ones I’ve tried for our wands are: E-6000, a felt glue from the craft store (no brand name), and a couple of the Aleene’s: fabric glue and the original tacky glue.
The winner – by a landslide – is Aleenes Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce! Once dry, the felt does not move, separate, or flake away. I use it to secure the dowel to her wands, as well, and it holds it without fail.
You probably have all of these supplies already on hand, but if you need to make a run to the craft store it will be an inexpensive trip.
- red, white, and blue craft felt ($0.30 sheet at JoAnn’s)
- ribbons, if desired
- dowel (1/4 inch by 12 inch work great, but I’ve used the 3/16 inch x 12 inch for lighter wands)
- the best craft glue for felt! Aleenes Original Tacky Glue, 16-Ounce
- triple star wand template
- scissors, and chalk or pencil
If you have older kids, they could trace and cut the felt pieces, but Elise is only 2.5 years old, so I did it. She did match up all the stars in the ‘mass production’ of a few of these wands for a July 4th play date I’m setting up.
Use the template and some chalk to trace two each of the small, medium and large stars.
Glue the small stars to the medium stars and let dry a bit (about 5 minutes to prevent shifting). Then, affix the medium star to the large star.
I put quite a bit of glue on the large stars to affix them to the dowels and to each other (photo below), but I used the glue sparingly on the medium and smaller stars. I mostly outlined the points and angles of the stars and they are stuck on there very well, even a month later.
When assembling, be sure to extend the dowel about 3 inches onto the large star. I put some glue down and then rolled the dowel in it. Before attaching the other large star, I put some glue on the dowel that would be against it.
I held some pressure on the star – for about a minute – and then left them to dry about 5 minutes before embellishing. I wanted the glue to still be a bit pliable at the bottom when I put the ribbons on.
We kept the embellishing simple with these, and just added some ribbons tied at the bottom. Honestly, that’s only because I was doing 4 of these at one time (for the play date), but there are so many fun embellishments you could add.
To add the ribbon, I tied it in a double knot as close to the where the dowel met the felt and pushed the tied ribbon up under the felt. I don’t think they’d go anywhere without this step, but I thought I’d err on the side of caution.
I’m not sure how long these took to dry, because we got distracted dancing to the FROZEN soundtrack. Once I got a chance to stop twirling, I trimmed up the stars after they’d shifted a bit from the dowel placement.
After some quick trimming, you’re done! These are going to be part of the fun during our Independence Day play date, but these are a hit any time of year. Think of all of the fun color combinations your kiddos could come up with!
To get your creative juices flowing, we used this same method to create a few other wands. I can’t find one of the butterfly wands we made earlier this year – or maybe it was last year, who knows? I think it’s in one of the toy rotation bins and to be honest: I’m hoping (and maybe saying a prayer or two) that Elise naps today, so I’m not going into her room to rummage through the boxes looking for a wand.
Our FROZEN princess wand has a snowflake for Elsa on one side and a flower for Anna on the other. It’s finished with a piece of white tulle I gathered at one end and sewed to the felt before gluing on the snowflake. Not knowing how well the glue would hold this together with the tulle in the middle, I did a quick stitch along the outside edge.
I know that this is most definitely not the most visually appealing wand out there, which is why this will be the only place on the Internet this thing gets shown. It was made very quickly with the little one repeating, “is it ready for playing with? is it ready for playing with now?” about a 100 times.
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