We have a four year old in the house!
Daphne celebrated her 4th birthday on Saturday with her fairy and princess friends. I will show some birthday pics soon, but today wanted to share the melted bead fairy wands we made for the party.
They were easy to make and a big hit with the girls!
How to Make Melted Bead Fairy Wands
- Translucent pony beads
- Star-shaped metal cookie cutters
- Metal baking sheet or cake pan
- Aluminum foil
- Electric grill or toaster oven (preferably outside)
- Wooden dowels
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic jewels / gems (optional)
1. Place cookie cutters on foil-covered baking sheet and fill stars with pony beads in the colors of your choice. (Daphne and Maia both helped me with this step for the first couple rounds of stars but lost interest when I got into production mode to make enough for the party.)
2. Cook for 5-10 minutes at 400-450 degrees F. I use an electric grill but a toaster oven outside works well also. The time depends on the size of the stars and the temperature. I set my timer for 5 minutes and then check it frequently after that. You want to take them off when the beads are completely melted and flat (ideally) but don't let it get too hot and start to bubble.
Note: The fumes from melting plastic are not good to breathe, which is why we do the melting on the grill outside. If you decide to do it inside, make sure to ventilate well.
3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
4. Look through the cooled suncatchers, if you like, then pop the stars out of the cookie cutters.
5. Use a hot glue gun to attach the wooden dowels to the backs of the stars.
Hold up to the light. Isn't the wand pretty?
I was planning to stop here, but then decided to add a little extra bling with some acrylic "jewels" I had bought for decorating party crowns.
Daphne and Maia went gaga over the jewels and took over this step completely.
First they sorted the jewels by color.
Then chose the ideal jewel for the center of each fairy wand.
7. Glue acrylic jewels to the center of wand stars with hot glue gun (I did this step).
Admire your lovely new fairy wands!
Maia passed the wands out at the end of Daphne's party.
Each princess and fairy left the birthday party with a crown they had decorated (like these crowns but with jewels and glitter instead of flowers) and a colorful fairy wand.
The wands are so easy and so pretty that I'm still making them even though the party is over! Maybe I'll sell some at the fall school fundraiser...