I recently purchased a Tinkerbell Costume for my daughter at the Thrift Store. My daughter felt it was missing something, a wand to be exact. So I came up with a wand fit for a fairy. It's easy to make and is made of basic materials. Simple directions below.
Styrofoam ball with a 2 inch diameter
Glue wood dowel inside styrofoam ball (refer to picture).
Hot glue flowers to the styrofoam ball. The hot glue can melt the styrofoam so I recommend placing the glue on the back of the flower, let it cool a few seconds and then place it on the ball. Make sure to glue the flowers close together so none of the styrofoam shows.
When you're done it should look something like the picture above. You'll notice I added a couple leaves at the bottom too.
Starting at the top, adhere the ribbon to the dowel with fabric glue. To hold it in place, secure it with a clothespin. Wind the ribbon all the way down the dowel to the very end. Glue in place and secure with another clothespin. When dry remove clothespins and tie a bow around the top of the dowel. Done.
If you haven't purchased a costume yet, I highly recommend checking out the secondhand stores. The costumes are inexpensive and are usually in good condition. The Tinkerbell costume above only cost three dollars!
When I was putting this post together, I remembered that I was in an article about thrift store Halloween costumes. At the time, my mother worked at the Sonoma Index Tribune so I got to be in a couple photos for the paper.
Here I am holding up a pilgrim costume. I think the costumes were picked over at this point. Because really, what teenager wants to be a pilgrim for Halloween. The title of the story was "When a Batman mask is not enough".
Here's a picture of my friend Alyssa modeling a fairy costume. I guess the fairy costume is a classic.