I Love to Create Kids: Simple Magic Wands

As Summer vacation quickly approaches, it’s time to gather an arsenal of activities to keep those kids busy.  This week on I Love to Create, I implore parents to encourage your sons and daughters to spend some of those idle months getting crafty!  Through August, I’ll be offering a few projects to get those creative-kid juices flowing, beginning today with our first trick: magic wands!

Magic Wands

3/8″ x 12″ Wooden Dowel
Sponge Brush
Small Paint Brush
Masking Tape
  1. Using a sponge brush, paint dowel with main color.  Paint additional coats, if necessary.  Let dry.

  2. Tape off a line, about 1″ in from the ends of the dowel.

  3. Using secondary color, paint ends of the dowel.  For extra razzle-dazzle, pour glitter over ends, while paint is still wet.  Let dry.
  4. Shake excess glitter off.  Remove Tape.
  5. Add a varnish coat. Ta-da, you’re finished!

Now your little Houdini-Harry Potter-Penn & Teller-Gandolfs can run rampant, spreading crafty magic wherever they go!  Oh, and if you’re a child of the 80’s like I am, be sure to torture, I mean delight, your children with renditions of The Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” and America’s “You Can Do Magic”.  They’ll love it, I promise.
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P.S.  Hey, parents!  Share your child’s crafty profile on the new “Kid Crafters” section of my Craft Corps website.  All you have to do is fill out this, quickie form.   Creative parent profiles, welcome too!

Read last week’s I Love to Create column here.