Soooooo…it’s been another long hiatus on Word Press. When I published Trick-or-Treatin’ Buddies, it seemed Baby Peanut was a rather well behaved, clockwork child when it came to sleep at night. This erroneous assumption (as many first-time parents make) came to bite me and so the time I foolishly thought I had at night was taken away swiftly by sleep regressions, growth spurts, teething, you name it. But, while I wasn’t able to blog, I did manage to devote time to planning Baby Peanut’s 1st Birthday Bash. Her birthday theme / motif were Owls and Stars (or as my sister titled it, “Twinkle, Twinkle Owl Star”). Baby Peanut loved this YouTube video of the star and owl becoming friends in the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Anyhow, while planning for the birthday, I thought it would be a nice gesture if our kiddie guests walked away with goodie bags and a star wand. I figured it would be a nice little prop for the kiddies to play with during/after the party and it seemed to go with the party theme. I didn’t want to spend too much time crafting and wanted something pretty simple. Pinterest and Etsy have many beautiful star wands for sure, but I just can’t compete. So, here’s my simpleton version.
- Sticky Gold Glitter Foam
- Puzzle Glue (or Tacky Glue)
- Wood Dowels/ Sticks
- Different colored ribbons
I would recommend you get the Gold Glitter foam sheets with the sticky backing. It will save you tons of time and makes it easier to sandwich the stick and ribbons rather than having to glue foam pieces.
One would think that I would just grab a star and trace them onto the foam sheet. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Theoretically, yes, if one is not artistically challenged (like me). I did start to do that until I realized all my stars were not uniform and wouldn’t match neatly when time came to create a star wand sandwich. Crafting failure. So, I randomly Googled printable star template and came upon this Star. I then copied the star image and created a printable template on Powerpoint to fit an 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
- Take your 8.5×11 star template and glue it to the back of your glitter foam sheet (do NOT remove the sticky backing yet!). Use Puzzle Glue or Tacky Glue for this. I don’t recommend hot glue as it could melt the foam. You could also tape your template to the back, but once you start cutting, the sheet could move about.
- Cut out the stars. Below is a picture of the front and the back. Don’t remove the sticky backing until you’re ready to start placing ribbons and the wand in position.
- Prep your wand/stick. I roughly measured and marked the stick at the point where I wanted the bottom of my star to lie. I found it best to do this ahead of time because once you remove the sticky backing of the sheet and press the stick in, it’ll be hard to reposition again. I have also seen other people sand down the part of the stick that will be sandwiched by the two stars. That is a really good idea and it will probably be a cleaner look, but I didn’t do it due to lack of time, talent, or know-how. I do give props to those people who effectively know how to use a sander.
- Cut your ribbons. I used a mixture of white, pink, and blue ribbons. I measured out the ribbon lengths and cut it ahead of time, so I could make the wands like an assembly line.
- Carefully peel off the sticky backing halfway (or all the way, your choice) and press your ribbons into the sticky part.
- Peel the rest of the sticky backing off and position the wand.
- Take another star, peel off the backing and place on top to create a star wand sandwich
And that’s that – my simpleton version of the star wand. You can certainly get crazy creative by using punched up ribbons, painting the wand part, or personalizing the stars. My original plan was to put each kids’ initials on the stars using pink or blue glitter foam but that idea fell to the wayside due to time and realizing that kids will just grab whatever wand they see.
The wands weren’t super fancy but they turned out well enough in photos and on Baby Peanut’s birthday table display. And, most importantly, both the kids and adults at the party had a fun time waving them about!