Make a butterfly-shaped wand, a heart-shaped wand or a classic star-shaped want out of paper, a wooden dowel, ribbons and some glitter. Printable shape templates are included for easy crafting.
Choose the shape of your wand topper from any of these printable templates:
Regardless of the shape, the topper will consist of a pair of identical big shapes and a pair of smaller ones. Some of the printable pages will have more shapes than you need for your wand. We've listed them down below and which shapes to color.
Color the shapes with crayons, colored pencils or colored markers.
You can also paint the shapes using tempera or poster paint.
Metallic paints like silver and gold can give your wand a magical glow. Adding a bit of paint to silver tempera or acrylic paint can create soft metallic hues. To come up with a light blue metallic color for my star topper, I just mixed a bit of blue to silver tempera paint.
Tape a few thin strips of curly gift ribbons, curled fabric ribbons or strips of crepe paper at the back of one or both shapes. Decorating with crepe paper strips is the easiest of the three—a terrific option for younger kids.
A butterfly wand won't be complete without a pair of antennae. You can cut a pair of paper antenna and glue them behind one butterfly after Step 7.
We made our butterfly's antennae out of pipe cleaner. Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Take one piece and fold it in half. Twist the folded end of the pipe cleaner around the tip of the wooden dowel before Step 9. Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner.
Create a wand for various occasions or events—a heart-shaped wand for Valentine's day, a star-shaped wand for a Fourth of July parade or even a pumpkin-shaped wand for Halloween (use this small jack-o'-lantern template).