I've done it. I've given in to the princess thing. And I'm going for it, Elsa wand and all!
Similar to most girls their age, mine love Disney's Frozen movie. So we're having a Frozen themed birthday party for them. I purchased the McCall's winter princess sewing pattern so I could sew their costumes, but then I decided to concentrate my efforts on other things, so I purchased the Disguise Elsa costume for Tess and the Butterfly Craze Elsa costume for Scarlett (which I really love by the way because; it's a very pretty dress). Since Halloween is on it's way I figured these party costumes would work for trick-or-treating as well. So I ordered the Elsa wig to go with the dresses (it's a great wig, but on the smaller side so better for smaller heads).
They needed snowflake wands too of course. In fact, I thought every princess at the party needed a wand. I couldn't find the perfect (perfectly priced) solution to purchase so I decided some DIY was in order. I realized snowflake ornaments and dowels would be the perfect supplies for crafting an Elsa wand.
Add to that some ribbons and a bunch of good glue and they work beautifully!
Does your Frozen princess need a snowflake wand? I've got a simple tutorial for you after the jump.
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FROZEN ELSA WAND TUTORIAL
- Darice Silver and White glitter snowflakes, package of 10 (or you could use simpler, one-dimensional white glitter snowflakes and glue the backs to the dowels)
- 1/4" white dowels, 10 inches long (or you could use natural colored dowels, and paint them white)
- 3/8" aqua satin ribbon (you'll need about 20" per wand)
- 1/8" blue satin ribbon (about 20" per wand)
- E6000 clear craft adhesive
Remove the strings from the snowflake ornaments and cut your ribbon into 20" lengths.
Cover the top of a dowel with glue and wrap the center of the 1/8" ribbon around it a few times, about 1/2" from the top.
Separate the layers of the snowflake ornament an squeeze a generous amount of glue into the center of the snowflake where you'll insert the dowel. (I positioned the ornament so that the point with the hole for the hanging string was at the bottom, on top of the dowel.)
Push the top of the dowel into the center of the snowflake where you have the glue so that the ribbon you've wrapped around the dowel is coming from the back of the dowel towards the front of the snowflake.
Now "thread" the ribbon through the snowflake points so it comes out the front of the snowflake.
Tie the 1/4" ribbon in a secure double knot.
Put glue around the dowel under the bottom point of the snowflake. Put the glue all the way around the dowel at this point. Wrap the 3/8" ribbon from the back of the dowel around to the front and weave one of the ends through the bottom point of the snowflake.
Pull the ends of the 1/4" ribbon down over the dowel and tie a secure knot with the 3/8" ribbon so you secure the 1/4" ribbon in it.
Then tie another knot with the 1/4" and 3/8" ribbon together.
Dab some more glue in the center of the snowflake where you've placed the dowel and let your wands dry.
Between the glue and the ribbon ties these wands should be good for hours of princess play!