Need an excuse to shake a wand decorated with sequins and ribbons around and not have people look at you like you’re missing a few marbles? Thanks to the patriotic summer holidays — Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day — you’ve got a reason… and thanks to That’s What Che Said, we have just the patriotic parade wand to make!
It’s tons of fun to craft but, even more fun to use. Between performances, you can stick it into your potted plants, along your lawn, or in your garden as a decoration.
Forget about making only one of these wands. Your whole gang will want in on the fun — kids and adults alike. Many neighborhoods and communities come together for these celebrations, so why not make this a community craft and get your neighbors and their kiddos involved? Chose a weekend afternoon before the holidays begin, set up a long table out in the warm sun, have families contribute to the needed supplies, and make it a fun get-together. Adults can help little hands with some of the steps (why should the kids have all the fun?).
Hot-glue guns are the bomb when it comes to crafting, minus the occasional finger burn. They’re not the only choice of adhesive, though. If making these fun wands becomes a group affair, especially if it’s done outside, then you might want to consider other choices. Some options that will work just as effectively are liquid glue, fabric glue and spray adhesive.
If you love all things that sparkle and glitter, wrap your wand with sequin trim! If some of your crew don’t find the same joy in sequins as you, a good alternative for covering the dowel rods is decorative washi and duct tape. You can find these in patriotic colors and designs, and wrapping them around the dowel is a piece of cake. Red, white, and blue paint is another option; go solid, or create stripes, tiny stars or fireworks, if you’re that kind of ambitious.
We made our wands with wooden dowels, but PVC pipe is a good choice, too, especially if you plan on using your wands as decorations.