Learn how to make a dazzling DIY fairy wand from plastic pony beads! These kids’ fairy wands make great gifts, party favors, and pretend play accessories!
Do you have a little fairy in the house just pining for some fairy wands to love? These easy DIY fairy wands were a big hit with my girls and their friends and are also great for parties!
How to Make a DIY Fairy Wand with Pony Beads
- 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)
Step #1. Fill cookie cutters with beads
First place cookie cutters on a foil-covered baking sheet and fill the star with the pony beads of your choice.
Step #3. Melt the Beads
Cook for 5-10 minutes at 400-450 degrees F (200-230 C). I used an electric grill but a toaster oven outside works well also. The time will vary depending on the size of the stars and the temperature. I set my timer for 5 minutes and then checked it frequently after that.
Note: The fumes from melting plastic are not good to breathe, which is why we do the melting step on the grill outside. If you decide to do this inside, make sure to ventilate properly.
Step #3. Remove from cookie cutters
Next, remove the tray when the beads are completely melted and flat (ideally). Be careful not to allow it to get too hot and start to bubble. Allow the stars to cool completely then pop the stars out of the cookie cutters.
Step #4. Glue dowel to star
Then, use a hot glue gun to attach the wooden dowels to the backs of the stars. You could also tie a ribbon to each wooden dowel as well.
Step #5. Pick Jewels
Now let your kids sort the jewels by color. :) (I decided to add a little extra bling with some acrylic “jewels”. Daphne and Maia went gaga over the jewels and took over this step completely.)
Choose the ideal jewel for the center of each fairy wand.
Step #6. Glue jewel on wands
Place a jewel in the center of each fairy wand.
And glue the acrylic jewels to the center of the star wands with a hot glue gun. (I did this step.) Now admire your lovely new handmade 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 decorated (similar to these flower crowns but with jewels and glitter) and a colorful DIY fairy wand.