Happy President's Day!
We made some sweet, vintage-y heart wands as gifts for Stella's friends and classmates this past Friday, along with some higher-end ones for keepsakes, and we thought you might like to make some for yourselves!
You will need:
Heart Die (Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Hearts)
Die Cutting Machine (Spellbinders Artisan Explorer)
4" x 5" Piece Chipboard (or whatever size fits your heart shape)
12" Wood Dowel (Michaels)
1 Wood Cap (Michaels)
2 Yards 1/4" Ribbon (May Arts Silk)
Acrylic Paint (your choice of colors)
Krylon 14K Gold Paint Pen (optional)
White Glue (for applying glitter and gluing the dowel end)
Satin Varnish or Furniture Wax (optional)
Hot Glue Gun
Rhinestone Button Embellishment (optional)
To add the gold striping, take a pencil and mark lightly in "somewhat" even sections all along one side of the dowel. Then, using the gold pen, twirl the dowel around with one hand while you are painting the stripe on with the pen. Leave a "not gold" stripe at one end where the cap will go on. It does not have to be perfect, and it actually looks more compelling when it is slightly imperfect. I truly love when that happens!
You can also use metallic gold paint and a brush for this step if you wish, but I find that the pen covers in one pass, while the paint does not.
My technique is to paint half of the stripes, let dry, and then turn the dowel over to finish the second half. This will keep you from smudging the paint. Paint the end cap gold.
Glue the end cap onto the dowel and let dry.
Rub or paint on a small amount of satin varnish or wax to give the dowel a smooth, slightly glossy finish. This step is optional.
If you are using a different die that does not come with multiple sizes, you may need to cut out the center section with a craft knife.
Paint both sides and let dry.
Cut the 2 yards of ribbon in half, and tie around the bottom of the heart. Before you tie the loops, carefully apply a dot of glue to secure the ribbon to the dowel and then finish the bow.
These wands were made for a classroom of five-year-olds, so this was the final product. They were definitely a hit!
The silk ribbon was also dunked in water and tossed into the dryer for a slightly rumpled, vintage look.
These wands are much heavier than the sequin glitter ones, and more suited to being a display piece rather than a play wand because of the glass component.
Have fun making wands! Let us know how yours turns out!
xo Debbie & Shea