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How to Make a DIY Fairy Wand with Beads

by Jean Van't Hul
February 18, 2022
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Learn how to make a dazzling DIY fairy wand from plastic beads! These kids’ fairy wands make great gifts, party favors, and pretend play accessories!

Updated May 2022

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 our kids and their friends. They also make great party favors!

finished-wand
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

How to Make a DIY Fairy Wand with Beads

MATERIALS

*After doing this several times, we’ve decided that it’s best to use older or thrift store baking dishes that you’ll dedicate to crafts.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare suncatcher supplies

    First, place cookie cutters on a foil-covered baking sheet.

  2. Fill cookie cutters with beads

    Next, fill the star with the pony beads of your choice. You can go for random, abstract, or representational designs.

    Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - star cookie cutter with beads

  3. Melt the beads

    Important Note! The melting plastic is not good to breathe, so this step is best done outside.

    We make all of our melted bead suncatchers on the gas grill outside, so that we don’t get any toxic chemicals inside. The grill works great and only takes about 10 minutes! You could also use a toaster oven outside. But whichever way you melt the beads, be sure to do so outside!

    Bake for 5-15 minutes at 400-450 degrees F. The time will vary depending on the size of the stained glass and the temperature. We typically set a timer for 5 minutes and then check it frequently after that. 

  4. Remove from cookie cutters

    Remove the tray when the beads are completely melted and flat. 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.

    Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - star cookie cutter

  5. Glue a dowel to a star

    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.

    Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - glue dowel to star

  6. Add jewels to wands

    You can let your kids sort the jewels by color and let them choose the ideal jewel for the center of each fairy wand.

    Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - pick jewels

    Then glue the acrylic jewels to the center of the star wands with a hot glue gun. (Adults can do this step.)

    Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - place jewel on star wand

Now admire your lovely new handmade fairy wands!

Fairy Wands With Melted Pony Beads - birthday party favors
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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