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How to Make a Fairy Wand Pen with Matching Barrettes for Girls Ages 4 to 8 years old.

Updated on September 10, 2014

DIY fairy wand pen and matching barrettes

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Little girls love fairies and dress up.

Moms love educational play. Why not inspire a young girl to work on her writing skills while playing dress up, having some fun, and making something useful?

You will find printable, recipe style instructions to make a fairy wand pen with matching barrettes, and a supply list below. A step by step picture demonstration is included for the pen and barrettes shown.

The fairy wand pen and matching barrettes are fast, fun, and easy to make. You can do it yourself in a snap.

Better yet, why not make it a project, and let the girls get in on the fun by making their own? Crafting is a fun way for young girls to work on scissor skills, measurement, patterns in sequence, sharing, following directions in sequence, and a host of other academic skills.

My favorite part is that they never have to know. Let them concentrate on the fun, and the learning will come.

Fairy wand pen with acrostic poem - Girls

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Fairy themed anything is usually a hit with the little girls.

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Tips from a teacher:

Whenever doing crafting with small children, especially with ulterior educational motives, always provide enough materials for each child to make several of the craft being produced.

It allows for the cementing of skills which greatly improves retention. It's the basic principal of the old saying practice makes perfect, though we are applying the concept to the skills more than the finished craft, which comes out looking great.

Further, it's behaviorally rewarding. When allowed to produce back to back, the child will naturally try to improve and implement new ideas into each successive piece.

Each successfully finished piece provides immediate gratification which leads to increased self esteem, an increased willingness to try new crafts, and increased receptivity to educational experiences in the future.

We all tend to fall into habits and patterns of behavior. Start them on good patterns early. It's much easier to start a pattern of success than turn around a pattern of failure.

Be sure to monitor. This activity is not appropriate for girls who may try to eat the beads. They are small and can cause a choking hazard. I have done similar projects using small beads with small children before.

I find it best to remind everyone going in about nothing goes in the mouth but food, the glue gun is something you must be careful with, and let's have some fun.

1.) Gather all of the materials. It's a good time to cover the work surface.

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I just use an old towel. I made these on the dining room table, which is glass.

A scratch or two later from projects past, and I'm always doing the towel first, now days.

I had originality planned on using the wire to add in strings of beads, but once getting into it, I changed my mind. I almost always do that. That's why you see charms here, too, that never made it onto the pen.

I like having options since flowers seem to have a mind of their own. More so, I can never see it the same in my head as it turns out when doing, so I tend to make changes on the fly.

2.) Tape pen and dowel rod tightly together at top and bottom with floral tape.

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Be kind to yourself. When it starts to hurt, it's not as much fun.

For those of us working with our hands a lot, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and other debilitating conditions can rob our joy. Fight back with a set of tools designed to be kind to your hands.

9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case
9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case

Over the last year or two, I'm developing some issues with hand cramping. One of my good friends loved to craft until she got Carpal tunnel issues. Now, it's painful for her to use certain tools.

We both have been eyeballing this set of tools lately.

I went to a local store that had some ergonomic tools and they let me try some. The set was not as inclusive as this one, but the three tools they had did seem more comfortable in my hand. They were easier to manipulate.

As a result, I'm sold on the idea of going ergonomic, but I'm holding out for this big set. Birthday wishlist!

 

Make sure the dowel rod is just parallel to the start of the pen tip.

Wind the tape tightly around both rod and pen.

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You have to tape this really tightly.

3.) Select flowers for your fairy wand pen.

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I did not want to use picks for this project. They would have been too short leaving holes between where the top of the pen and the bottom of the picks meet.

4.) Lay pen by flowers. Cut flowers to where they will sit atop pen in the position you want.

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Watch out for the leaves.

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If you want to keep the leaves, push them up. If not, push them down off the stem. I save the ones I don't use. They work really well for fillers in the event of "thin" spots.

Notice below how we are stacking flowers atop the dowel rod/pen connection. We are building out the area to keep the wand a more consistent shape, make it structurally stronger, and ultimately, easier to write with. We don't want a skinny spot in the middle of the wand.

5.) Attach back tallest flower with tape.

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This tried to wiggle and come apart on me like you would not believe. I couldn't believe it and I was sitting here doing it. With just a pen and a flower, it would not have been an issue. The inclusion of the dowel rod made things a bit more unstable than the traditional flower pen.

It was important this flower be in the back to leave room for the star in the front. What's a fairy wand without a star? That flower was not cooperative. At all. The best way I found to handle it was to tape top and bottom, one flower at a time, and pull the tape really tight as I went.

6.) Wrap upper part of dowel rod with shimmery Duct Tape.

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Just bend back the flower and wrap the top. I only had the one tiny roll of the shimmery stuff. I was afraid it would not be enough to do the entire wand and did not want a half done project, so it's the thin, shimmery stuff just at the top.

7.) Connect the rest of your flowers one at a time at top and bottom using floral tape.

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Remember, try to build up the width of the flowers and rod to close to the same as the width of the pen and rod together. Don't worry about getting it perfect, just ball park, or build up with additional tape in that spot.

8.) Wrap the entire thing with wide silver Duct Tape going in a spiral.

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Duct tape is not forgiving, nor is it as easy to work with as floral tape, in my opinion. Don't worry about wrinkles. We will cover up any boo boos in the next step.

Isn't that just a hot mess?

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Seriously, the wand part of my wand isn't looking so good here.It's OK.

9.) Measure and cut a piece of wide Duct Tape to the length of the wand under the flowers minus the tip.

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10.) Lay wand vertically on tape with sticky side up.

Slowly roll it up.

Try to keep it straight, and go slow. It's not easy to un-do.

11.) Attach embellishments with hot glue gun. Finally! The fun part.

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How to embellish the fairy wand pen.

Decorating is always my favorite part. I have to admit, this project was hard in a way. It was hard in the way that it's getting hard to see some of these tiny beads.

To make the star, I put a peel and stick, foam star on the large, blue flower bead. Then, I used a gem stud in the center of the flower, and hot glued the whole thing to the wand.

Oh, flower star. Shiny.

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I'm thinking about investing in something to make it easier to see.

It didn't used to be an issue. Isn't age a grand thing? Seriously, it is annoying, so this is the solution that I feel will work best for me.

Add to the fairy wand pen a jewel here, a ribbon there.

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The ribbon clusters were so easy. I used the Bedazzeler jewel studs. I cut the ribbons and bunched them together at the top. Using the glue gun I dabbed just a drop to hold the ribbons while I closed down the little teeth on the back of the jewel. Then, I hot glued the back of the jewel stud, with ribbons attached to the wand.

Bring on the beads.

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And, there you go, one DIY fairy wand pen. Ta da!

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Help her learn to record the magic in her own words by providing things that encourage writing.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Pen
  • Dowel rod
  • Duct Tape - Silver Shimmer
  • Glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Artificial flowers
  • Foam self adhesive metallic star
  • Charms
  • Bedazzlements (optional)
  • Ribbon - Three shades of one color and a silver
  • Wire cutters
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Instructions

  1. Gather materials.
  2. Tape pen and dowel rod tightly together at top and bottom with floral tape.
  3. Select flowers.
  4. Lay pen by flowers. Cut flowers to where they will sit atop pen in the position you want.
  5. Attach back tallest flower with tape.
  6. Wrap upper part of dowel rod with shimmery Duct Tape.
  7. Connect the rest of your flowers one at a time at top and bottom using floral tape.
  8. Wrap the entire thing with wide silver Duct Tape going in a spiral.
  9. Measure and cut a piece of wide Duct Tape to the length of the wand under the flowers minus the tip.
  10. Lay wand vertically on tape with sticky side up, and slowly roll the pen.
  11. Attach embellishments with hot glue gun.

Matching barrettes. What gal doesn't like accessories?

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Diaries are a good way to start developing a love of writing.

Diary's are fun. Little girls will get all the practice they need jotting down their imaginary flights of fancy, and thoughts of the day with their brand new fairy wand pen.

After having made their own fairy wand pens, the girls will naturally want to use them. It's a great opportunity to get them writing. Use the opportunity to present a diary to start them off on a fun writing adventure that will repeat daily on its own.

In a very short time, they can look back through the pages and not only see their thoughts and imaginings, but also they will see their improvement.

How to make the matching barrettes. First up, lay out your supplies.

Lay out the supplies for the pen and barrettes
Lay out the supplies for the pen and barrettes | Source

2.) Cut ribbon to roughly the length of the barrette.

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I like to go a little large, and trim it up at the end. Too short is much harder to correct.

3.) Glue the ribbon covering the metal completely.

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The barrette was wider than my silver ribbon. I used two pieces, one at the top and one at the bottom that overlapped. Then, I glued another strip over the middle.

4.) Assemble the flower star - See above.

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5.) Make the ribbon clusters - See above.

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Leave the jewel stud off these and just use a drop of hot glue.

6.) Glue the ribbon clusters directly onto the barrette.

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7.) Glue the flower star to barrette.

Glue the flower star to the barrette
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8.) Glue on some beads.

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Check it out. You're done. Do the happy dance.

A huge percentage of America's schools only teach print.

Too many of our students don't even master that well.

Technology is a wonderful thing. However, as children type more and more, they write less and less.

It takes practice. Encourage it all you can.

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How to make the matching barrettes. This goes very fast compared to the wand.

Don't forget to print the instructions, or bookmark for later.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 2 minutes.

Total Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Basic barrette back
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Big flower bead
  • Peel and stick foam stars

Instructions

  1. Lay out your supplies.
  2. Cut ribbon to roughly the length of the barrette.
  3. Glue ribbon, cover metal completely.
  4. Assemble flower star - see above.
  5. Make ribbon clusters.
  6. Glue ribbon cluster to barrette back.
  7. Glue on flower star.
  8. Glue on beads.

© 2013 Rhonda Lytle

Comments most welcome and appreciated. - What are your thoughts on educational crafting?

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Go for it. Why should the kids have all the fun? I love to work with them. I truly believe they learn best by doing. Kids are hyper by nature and need to be kept busy doing constructive tasks, in my opinion. For that matter, it works good for me too ;). Thanks bunches for taking the time to read and comment. God bless and happy squidding!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a believer in educational crafting. One of my fondest first grade memories is of making airplanes out of wood. Craft projects help teach children skills they will use the rest of their lives such as measuring, reading and following directions and problem solving. I love the fairy wand and barrettes! I might make a set for myself.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @HealthfulMD: Thank you for saying. God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      Beautifully done.