Let’s face it: wands are cool. Whether you are a fairy princess or off to Hogwarts, there is nothing better than twirling that pretty little stick in the air and adding a bit of magic to life. I will be 30 years old this year and I still get giddy when I see a sweet new wand to play with. You may not share my childlike joy of these toys but your kids certainly do. Keep them entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally shiny) patriotic firecracker wands.
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- Thick Patriotic Straws (I got mine at the dollar store)
- Red and/or Silver Star Garland
- Red, Silver, and Blue Gift Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Remove packaging and stickers from everything. This makes it much easier when you are cutting ribbon and garland later.
Cut a strip of silver garland the length of your straw.
Next, cut three strips each of the red and blue gift ribbon. These should also be cut the length of your straw.
Wrap the end of your garland around the end of all 6 strands of ribbon.
- Only wrap the garland once or twice around the ribbon and securely tighten. Next, bed the excess wire (the shorter piece) away from the wrap and towards the shorter end of your ribbon.
Slide the end of the strands into the straws up to where they are wrapped (including your garland strand). Add hot glue on the tip of the straw where the strands are inserted.
Next, rotate your straw and apply more glue. When you have finished, the entire tip of the straw where the ribbon and garland are inserted should be covered with hot glue.
Using the blade edge of your scissors, curl your gift ribbon.
- If you don’t know how to do this, place the blade of your scissors at the base of a strand of ribbon. Pull the ribbon taut then drag the blade to the end of the ribbon keeping it taut against the blade the entire time.
Wrap the piece of garland loosely around your finger to create a corkscrew.
Repeat steps 2 through 8 until you have created the desired number of wands wanted for your party.
How colorful and festive are these little cuties? They are super easy to make and so much fun to play with. Even though it isn’t the fourth yet, I’ve already been twirling them around the house with the kiddos. They are also responsible for the awesome Harry Potter marathon we had last weekend (worth every minute). Make sure that you make enough wands that you can get in on the action. It is such an easy way to connect with your kids. Don’t miss our 4th of July page if you want even more fun patriotic crafts or need some festive food for your celebration!