Beaded Heart Wand

Make this beaded heart-shaped fairy wand with pipe cleaners, beads and a drinking straw.
Beaded Heart Wand craft

Materials

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Drinking straw
  • Medium-sized beads
  • Fabric ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Beaded Heart Wand 1. Gather two pipe cleaners on one end.
Step 2 Beaded Heart Wand 2. String two beads through the gathered pipe cleaner ends and move them up slightly until there is about a half-inch of pipe cleaner length below the last bead.

These two beads will be the centerpiece for your heart wand so you can use beads that are different from those that you will use for the rest of the heart frame.
Step 3 Beaded Heart Wand 3. Bend both pipe cleaners downwards to define the top arcs of your heart frame.
Step 4 Beaded Heart Wand 4. String 8 medium-sized beads on each pipe cleaner. Move the beads up along the pipe cleaner until they are adjacent to the centerpiece beads.

If you want to use smaller beads, you can string up to 12 beads on each pipe cleaner. Do not use too many beads to avoid a top-heavy wand.
Step 5 Beaded Heart Wand Ask for an adult's help.5. Twist the the two pipe cleaners together right after each pipe cleaner's last bead.
Step 6 Beaded Heart Wand 6. Fold the short length of pipe cleaner below the centerpiece bead around the pipe cleaner joint you made in Step 5.
Step 7 Beaded Heart Wand 7. You have just completed your wand's heart-shaped top. Notice that the two pipe cleaners below the beaded heart are long enough to make the handle for your wand. However they are too soft to support the weight of the beaded heart top.
Step 8 Beaded Heart Wand Ask for an adult's help.8. To make the handle more rigid, wound a third pipe cleaner around the entire length of the pair of pipe cleaners.
Step 9 Beaded Heart Wand 9. Insert the bound pipe cleaner handle through a drinking straw. You can use a transparent drinking straw if you want the color of your pipe cleaner to show through.

Cut the excess length of drinking straw.
Step 10 Beaded Heart Wand Ask for an adult's help.10. For added safety, fix the joint between the drinking straw and the bottom of the beaded heart using a hot glue gun. You may tie a ribbon around this joint to accent your wand.

Enjoy using your pretty beaded heart wand! Wouldn't it be a great project to make for Valentine's Day? Make one for yourself and some for your friends too!

More Ideas

Beaded Heart Wand
  • Besides tying a ribbon below the beaded heart, you can also tie curly fabric ribbons, crepe paper strips or metallic shreds.
  • Be daring with your color scheme. Why not make a starry night wand or perhaps a golden wand?
  • These beaded heart wands can be a unique party favor (or craft activity) for a fairy or princess-themed birthday.

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