Do you have a little fairy in the house just pining for a fairy wand to love? These easy-to-make melted pony bead fairy wands were a big hit with my girls and their friends, especially for parties!
Here’s how to make them…
- Translucent pony beads
- And/or glitter pony beads
- Star-shaped metal cookie cutters
- Metal baking sheet or cake pan
- Aluminum foil
- Electric/gas grill or toaster oven (preferably outside)
- Wooden dowels
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic jewels/gems (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAIRY WANDS
STEP 1 :: Place cookie cutters on a foil-covered baking sheet. Fill stars with pony beads in the colors of your choice.
(Daphne and Maia both helped me with this step for the first couple of rounds of stars. They lost interest when I got into production mode to make enough for the party.)
STEP 2 :: Next, cook for 5-10 minutes at 400-450 degrees F (200-230 C).
I use an electric grill but a toaster oven outside works well also. The time depends on the size of the stars and the temperature. I set my timer for 5 minutes and then check it frequently after that. You want to take them off when the beads are completely melted and flat (ideally) but don’t let it get too hot and start to bubble.
Note: The fumes from melting plastic are not good to breathe, which is why we do the melting on the grill outside. If you decide to do it inside, make sure to ventilate well.
STEP 3 :: Remove from heat and let cool completely.
If you like, look through the cooled stars…now suncatchers!
STEP 4 :: Pop the stars out of the cookie cutters.
STEP 5 :: Finally, use a hot glue gun to attach the wooden dowels to the backs of the stars. You could tie a ribbon to each wooden dowel too.
Hold up to the light. Isn’t the wand pretty?
I was planning to stop here, but then decided to add a little extra bling with some acrylic “jewels” I had bought for decorating party crowns.
Daphne and Maia went gaga over the jewels and took over this step completely.
STEP 6 :: Let your kids sort the jewels by color.
STEP 7 :: Choose the ideal jewel for the center of each fairy wand.
STEP 8 :: . Glue acrylic jewels to the center of wand stars with hot glue gun. (I did this step.)
Admire your lovely new DIY fairy wands!
Maia passed the wands out at the end of Daphne’s party.
Each princess and fairy left the birthday party with a crown they had decorated (like these crowns but with jewels and glitter instead of flowers) and a colorful fairy wand.
The wands are so easy and so pretty that I’m still making them even though the party is over! Maybe I’ll sell some at the fall school fundraiser…
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