Have you ever crafted while watching a scary movie? I love horror movies, but I’m terrified! I’ve found I can stand the intense terrifying-ness of a scary movie if I make crafts while I watch it. Instead of peeking out from behind my hands, I make something while I watch, and it makes it not so scary. Yeah, I’m a strange one.
We were watching The Blair Witch Project as I whipped these wands up. We were allowing our teenager to see it for the first time. She thought it was lame. I remember being terrified watching it the first time, and I was 21 or 22. At the ending she said, “that was it?” I can see her point now, but back in the day that was the first movie of its kind. There wasn’t Paranormal Activity or Quarantine. Lame? Really?
On to the tutorial….These wands are so much fun to make (and play with, too!). Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make 4th of July wands to wave during all the parades next week. My kids love to be able to wave something in the air as the parade passes by. I make these wands all time as “fairy wands,” but I though this would be so easy to turn into a patriotic wand complete with bells.
My littlest one could not quit shaking them long enough for me to get a decent shot of her. On a positive note, you get to see them in action!
4th of July Wands Tutorial
Spools of tulle – Hobby Lobby has the best selection in my opinion
a couple pieces of cardboard scrap
1/4 to 3/8 inch dowel rod cut down to about 12 inches
hot glue gun
2. Cut two circle donut shapes out of cardboard. They do not have to be perfect, just as close in size as possible. The ones pictured are about 6 in diameter.
6. Now your cardboard and tulle will look like this. Then, cut a piece of tulle about 12 inches long and insert it between the two pieces of cardboard and tie it tightly around all the tulle.
Test it out and make sure it feels sturdy. You don’t want your puffball flying into the parade.
I would suggest you skip this step if you have babies, just in case one flies off and they pick it up and put it right into their mouths.
13. If you want to create some funky multicolored wands, try switching out the tulle after just 1/2 to 1 yd. Here is an example of one.
And there you have it! This is a fun and easy craft your kids can do with a grown up taking care of the hot glue. We’ll be waving ours at the fireworks displace at UNT next week. Enjoy!
Early next week, I’ll be hosting a giveaway! Recently, we made it to over 200 likes on Facebook, so in honor of all of you for helping make that possible, I thought a giveaway was the best way to say Thank You! Stay tuned!!