With the coming of spring comes bright colors blossoming and butterflies fluttering in. What better way to welcome this seasonal change than with a handmade magic wand for your little one?
Handmade Magical Wands
- 1/2 inch round, dowel rod, at least 18 inches to make one wand, available at most local craft or hardware stores
- Drill with a 1/4 inch bit
- Silk scarf approximately 8 x 72 inches. I purchase ours from Dharma Trading Co.
- Dyes on hand (kool-aid, food coloring, or tie dye pack)
Make the Rod
Take the wooden rod and cut it to a length of 18 inches.
Next, use a drill with 1/4 inch bit and drill a hole. Don’t rush, as you want this to be clean on both sides.
After you’ve drilled the hole, sand the stem of your wand. Tear a small bit of paper to sand a bit inside the hole. You can optionally finish this with beeswax, to preserve the wood longer.
Prepare the Silk
Soak the white silk in a pot of water and vinegar. This isn’t an exact science, but about 1 cup of vinegar to 5 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and then leave it over heat for about 20 minutes.
Now mix together the kool-aid paint. Add the tiniest bit of water with a few packets of kool-aid to make a thick paint. When working with little ones, I really would suggest just using primary colors (red, yellow, blue.) That way blending doesn’t create a muddied mess, but some beautiful other colors. Another note on kool-aid paint, the yellow isn’t that strong and can easily be overtaken by the other primaries. If you really desire yellow to show through, I suggest putting a couple packets in your boiling vinegar water.
After the paints are mixed, set your playsilk on a mat for your little one to paint. With the spring weather warming the air, this is a great outdoor activity as it can be messy. My daughter poured some of her kool-aid paint/dye directly onto the silk, and it works well for really saturating those vibrant colors.
After painting, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
Once the silk has dried, twist the corner of one end and feed it through the 1/4 inch hole of the rod. Slowly pull the silk through until it is even on both sides.
You now have a beautiful, unique wand created by your own little one and perfect for encouraging their imaginations to run wild.