Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How To Make a Fairy Wand

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.

Supplies:
Fake flowers
Styrofoam ball with a 2 inch diameter
Hot Glue
Wood dowel
Ribbon
Fabric Glue

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.

23 comments:

Marielle said...

I love the periwinkle flowers! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

Funky Frog Designs said...

What a cute idea. My niece wants to hang flowers from her ceiling so I think I will make this but omit the dowel and thread twine through the styrofoam ball and viola... hanging flower balls.

Adds this to my growing list of projects.

kawaii crafter said...

Funky Frog Designs,

Good idea. I hope you share a picture if you get a chance to make them. And I hear you about the "growing list of projects". There's just never enough time.

Novi On The Go said...

The wand is so pretty! I love your suggestion for thrift store costume shopping!

Household 6 said...

Smashing idea for the little fairy and her wand! I did have to giggle about the Pilgrim - I was once a Pilgrim for Halloween many many years ago.
Thanks for stopping by as well :)

Stephanie said...

That wand is perfect! It looks like it was made for the costume.

Paul Overton said...

The flower wand is awesome!

Rima said...

This is just great! Thanks for the tutorial.

Rima
www.yarnydays.com

Ayie said...

that's very pretty, the fairest of all fairy wands i've seen so far!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

A teenager in a Pilgrim costume- that's priceless! Thanks so much for sharing those clippings, they're wonderful. I love the wand as well, I'll be linking.

tamdoll said...
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tamdoll said...

I love the handmade touch of the wand, it jazzes up the costume! And sometimes that's what a kid needs when they "won't wear that costume!" Accessories count!
I will have to visit a 2nd hand store soon to look for a gown to go with my costume idea... it's on my to-do list, too.

Sara said...

Great project! And when Halloween is over, cut the stick a bit shorter, place some styrofoam in a weighted flower pot, insert stick, cover base with more flowers or some green fabric, and you've got yourself a cute topiary! Or remove stick altogehter and make a pomander, like I've posted at http://www.creativejewishmom.com

lej619 said...

what a great idea!! I do not have little ones anymore. but I can always pass it on.

inoriz said...

This looks great! But I think no matter how much glue I put, my daughter will still be able to destroy it by plucking out the flowers within 5 minutes. Hahaha.

Akemi said...

what a beautiful wand! she looks so cute in her costume. is she going to wear it for her birthday, too?

Naomi said...

I have been wanting to make a wand for my classroom. Loretta Laroche suggests using props when things get serious. My students are adults who have been injured at work and are in for academic upgrading. There are times that they are in so much pain that levity is needed hence the tiara, the feather boa, nose and glasses and now the wand!!! Thanks so much for your creativity

Ashlee said...

Adorable! My daughter would love this. And you are so right about second-hand stores. We got brand new in the package wings and wand at Savers for $6 total. They are super cute too.

baballa said...

This is great!!! Love it!!

kawaii crafter said...

Akemi,

that's the plan

babalisme said...

you got in a newspaper!! wow, that's something to keep!

I wish my baby is old enough to handle a wand instead of eating it or hitting me with, I'm going to bookmark this for her next birthdays.

TATA said...

It is very beautiful!!! thanks for sharing this bravo idea~!

Mommyof3 said...

This is exactly what I was looking for to make for my daughters for halloween! I can't wait to make them, and see the looks on my daughters faces when the get them. I will definitely recommend this site to my friends!

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