Create Your Magic Wand!
Let your imagination run wild. There is no set way to do this. These are general instructions to guide you. Stop by the library for take-home kits (available while supplies last).
To create your own magic wand, you will need the following supplies:
1 wooden dowel, stick, pencil, or chopstick
Markers or paint
pony beads or embellishments to glue on
Rubber band (cut once to create a strip) or string
Masking tape (best to use because markers and paint will adhere to it)
Larger plastic bead (or stones, polymer clay, shells) for the base of the handle (Glue gun must be used to secure this on the base of the handle)
Hot glue gun (adults only) or a low temp glue gun
Ribbons, sequins, or whatever inspires your creativity!
- Gather your materials.
- Attach the string or rubber band to the point of your wand by gluing, taping, or tying it to the top of your wand stick ( if you are using a thick rubber band, pierce the rubber close to the end with the sharp end of the stick.
- Wrap the rubber band or string around the stick in a spiral pattern toward the base.
- Use a small amount of masking tape or glue to secure it about 2-3 inches above the bottom of the wand.
- Use a small amount of masking tape to wrap around the rubber band on the tip of the dowel.
- Wrap the handle base a few times around with masking tape.
- Choose your beads and slide them over the masking tape. (If the beads won’t fit, remove a little bit of masking tape at a time until you get a snug fit with the beads over the handle base.
- Use paint or markers to color your wand.
- Add any additional ribbons or jewels to your wand with regular glue (or a glue gun with the help of an adult)
***Optional Step: Glue Gun
With an adult’s assistance and supervision, add a large bead or stone to the bottom of your handle using a glue gun. You can also create designs using the glue from a glue gun for the handle and on the wand. Then paint after it has cooled.
Don’t forget to send a picture in to the library after you are done! We can’t wait to see all the creative ideas from our Summer Reading participants.