Remember when you used to dress up like a princess and have a tea party in the back yard with your siblings and all of your stuffed animals? Yep… I did that last weekend! When I was a kid, I pretty much switched between princess time and mud pies on the regular…pretty sure there was a princes mud/tea party. Thanks Amber for putting up with that! Babies of the 80’s am I right!
Anyhow! This DIY sprang from my weekend with the girls where one of my littles searched high and low because she just HAD to have a princess wand… and not just any wand, a glitter star wand. Because she was a magical FAIRY princess of course. I won’t mention that she didn’t have wings or anything else, but you know how that goes. And at the end of everything, we couldn’t find the right wand. I’m in for trouble when the pre-teens happen for this one. Say a prayer ya’ll. Seriously.
These also make for great party favors, halloween costume props and general awesomeness!
DIY Glitter Star Wand
Time: 15-20 minutes + dry time
Cost: Under $10 (some things I had on hand)
Cutness level: Magic!
Paper Mache Star Ornaments
Glitter. Lots of it
Exacto Knife or box cutter
Paper plate or something to catch glitter
Various lengths of ribbon
Silver Spray Paint (optional)
Clear Sealant Spray (NOT OPTIONAL if you don’t want glitter EVERYWHERE)
Sticky lint roller for clean up.
1. If you’ve got silver spray paint, go ahead and paint your dowel rods and let them dry for 20 minutes.
2. Remove the hanger from your star ornament and using your box cutter, cut a small square in the bottom interior point of the star. This is where your dowels will go.
3. Once your dowels are dry, secure them to your star ornaments. Place a large drop of hot glue to the top of the dowel and around the edges a bit and just shove that sucker up in the hole you just created until it hits something. Press for 10 seconds
4. Paint your stars with Mod Podge. Just slather it on there. Like… a really thick layer. Make sure you get the edges.
5. With a paper plate in place, gently pour your glitter over the star, starting with the edges first then moving into the center. If you run out of glitter to pour, you can either scoop it back into the container OR drag your star through what landed on the plate.
6. Let them dry for about 20 minutes. Less if you’re experiencing this ridiculous heat wave and your house doesn’t have air conditioning. (I’m baking!)
7. Tie your ribbons around the base of the star/dowel. I tied a loose knot first then slid it up.
8. Finally, spray the star of your glitter star wand liberally with clear sealant spray. This will keep the shine but severely diminish the mess factor of glitter. So… magic without (much) mess! YAY!
9. Now go be a fairy princess and dance among the flowers… or stuffed animals. You know… whatever you got!
NOTE: Want a quick and easy way to clean all of that random glitter from your table? (you know you do!) Try a sticky lint roller!