Tuesday, February 15, 2011

kids craft idea: Heartstring magic wands

Whenever I am (im)patiently waiting in a doctor's office I flip through a Family Fun magazine because they will often have a fun kid's craft idea. For February they showed how to make yarn hearts. They were cute but I knew I would end up throwing them away as soon as we were done. So I took the idea a step further and made magic wands with the hearts that way they can enjoy the craft when we are finished. Since it is still pretty cold here to play outside we are looking for anything to fill our time during the day.

You need basic supplies you probably have around your house.
To make the hearts: ·yarn ·cookie cutters ·1/4 c. cornstarch or you could use watered down glue ·wax paper
How-to MAKE THE HEARTS: Heat up 1/4 c cornstarch with 1/2 c water over medium heat until it is translucent. Wait until it cools before starting. (I used watered down glue, since that's what I had on hand & it worked great.)
Cut yarn into 12 inch pieces and have the kids dip into glue and then place into cookie cutter heart or any other shape. It takes a while to dry so if you want to speed that up--set them in the oven on parchment paper set to warm for an hour or so.

How-to make the MAGIC WANDS: I used lollipop sticks that I had on hand, tulle, ribbon, jewels, sequins and pearl strings. If your daughter is old enough she could help with this part but I used a hot glue gun and threw it together in a couple minutes.
The girls were so excited to play with their princess wands they hardly even let me snap a photo. The craft kept them busy while we made it and busy playing after=happy momma.


52 comments:

Shabby Chic Crafts said...

why are you so brilliant?
Too cute thanks! These would make a cute party favor! Genius...Lizzy!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Love this Liz!

Mon Petit Violon said...

Brilliant idea! Have to keep it for my little girl when she is big enough to enjoy it! :-) Your blog is always so inspiring! Thank you!

Kathy said...

How adorable and my mind just went wandering and thinking about Easter egg shapes for Easter wands. Or bunnies! Oh, thank you!!!!!

Griffin and Gretchen said...

Those are so cute! and easy! Thanks!

Amanda said...

I just saw this craft the other day and was planning on making it with my girls....I love the idea of turning it into a wand for keeps!! Thanks for sharing!!

Tammie said...

Cute Idea! love the simplicity and the finished product! Lucky girls!

alienanessa said...

Ok, that is genius!! They're adorable, functional, and holy goodness, having it as a wand???!!!! What delight!!!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Super cute, Liz!

They'd be adorable in the shape of daisy flowers for summer too...

Ana said...

Perfectly cute ... as always. I simply love your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

em-il-ie said...

Genius, Dude. Genius.

Meghan said...

What a cutie idea, LOVE IT!

Valley Girl said...

Holy cow. We must now have craft day. Bring on the snow or whatever other weather disaster you can think of to keep the kiddos in the house. I too live in the land of princess fru fru. We have two girls with number three due to arrive in six weeks. Where do the long popsicle sticks come from? Those look a little longer than ordinary.

Renee Zwirek said...

Too Cute! (insert my girly squeal here...hahaha)
Love It!

Shanon said...

Such a great idea! So very girly and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany said...

This is an excellent idea for kids. Will definitely do this with Madi! Thanks Liz!

JannyBee said...

Wow...these are sooo cute...I'm diff gonna do this with my grandaughter! Thanks Lizzy1

Sheila said...

You Creative Cookie! Adorable ;)

Laurie said...

Adorable!!

Laci J said...

I'm just thinking I have Alaskan cookie cutters, moose, bear, etc.

Blossom inch said...

oh wow! I will definitely try this, thanks for sharing!

Mary Kathryn said...

We have birthdays coming up just may try this out maybe even with other shapes. Thanks!

liza said...

i like it! and this could be used as deco for the month of love.... =)

Kolibri said...

Love it! Thanks! :)

Lara said...

how cute!!

NatQuebec said...

What a great idea ! it could be fun to use it as a scrapbooking deceoration too !
thanks for the tip

Cheryl B. said...

We are doing this today. They will love it. I have little girls in aftercare program and this is right up their alley. Thanks for the inspiration!

Erin said...

Fabulous! Will be whipping these up next weekend!

taniawillis said...

BRILLIANT!

Dale said...

So what was your glue to water ratio? How long did it take to dry?
Thanks
Dale

Wendy said...

How cute, I made those hearts from yarn too, after seeing them in the magazine, love how you took it a step farther, I made some more hearts where i just circled one 12 inch string of yarn a few rounds after it already had glue, and then shaped into a heart and pressed hard with my thumb and index finger where the heart should be pointy. I thought I could use them like that in a card but they could also be great in a scrapbooking project. Love reading you blog.

Monika Wright said...

We did the same project at our house, using baker's twine from thetwinery.com and here's a link to my project...our Valentine's Day heart ornaments!

http://iloveitallwithmonikawright.blogspot.com/2011/02/twine-hearts-not-just-for-valentines.html

Your heart wands are so adorable!

Beth M said...

Adorable project and girls!

Nancy W said...

Adorable!!

Amy said...

Perfect for my daughter's 2nd birthday party! Thanks doll!

Betty-Ann said...

Genius! I don't have little girls, but a few of these would make a nice little bouquet for Valentine's, no?!

Heather said...

Oh my word, these are adorable! My "princess" is eleven and too old for magic wands to be sure, but my nieces would love them!

Sylvia said...

Oh my goodness! I am so making these for my nieces :) They are darling!

Ann Marie said...

You are the best mom ever! I think I need to have a fairy wand even though I'm a grown up. My very favorite though is always seeing how intense Quincey's face is as she's going about her project --- she always has this huge concentrated look on her face, it's so cute!

Dacia said...

LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!

stephiemarie21 said...

These will be just perfect for my daughter's Pinkalicious birthday party next month!! Thanks a bunch!

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Flower arranging classes said...

OMG, I am amazed by your skills and ideas. That is such a great piece of art. The best part of this piece is that it does not require costly stuff, I will sure try to make the one soon. Thanks for sharing dear

Victoria said...

I've seen these before but yours are definitely the most well styled - pretty!

CherishedHearts Vintage said...

This are so adorable. Marking to come back to when I have a crafter-in-crime about the house and sharing on FB.

Howard Family said...

I'd love to know the water/glue ratio too....I figured it couldn't be that hard to guess, but me and my girls made them over the weekend and after 2 hours in the oven and 24 hours sitting out, they still aren't dry or hard and they don't look anything like yours. they're actually just a big mess. :)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

came over from pinterest! LOVE & think i'm going to pull up a chair & stay awhile! :)

Isreview said...

sweet! fun project for a kids "queen for the day" party I am helping to plan
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Daniela
http://isreview1.blogspot.com

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

Can you say AWESOME?!? I can...AWESOME!!!

I'm going to feature this in my Sunday Stalker edition {3/27/11}. Hope you'll stop by and check it out.

Jessica
myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

This is great, thanks for sharing we'll be trying it soon!

Christine @ Pure Joy Events said...

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Sara said...

This is so cute! My girls and I made heart bunting with these gluey hearts. Because I love this idea sooo much I'm linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow! Thanks for sharing this fun idea. :)