Before anyone gets excited, it's not a real magic wand. My love, my two year old has decided that for Purim, she would like to dress up as a fairy-princess-ballerina. Not a fairy or a princess or a ballerina, but all of them. And not just any fairy-princess-ballerina but one based on the Princess P character on SuperWhy - the really very excellent show that is now teaching my third child to read. No, really, my 4 and 5 year olds both learned all their uppercase and lowercase letters while watching SuperWhy - and, and they learned to blend their letters too. It's like free school for a half hour every morning.
Yes, I am aware that I just made the case the other day that my kids watch too much TV, but this is different. This is SuperWhy and this is SuperEducational. Besides, I need those thirty minutes to clean up from breakfast after the older ones leave to school. And really, a two year old who can tell you what sound each letter makes is kind of fun. So SuperWhy it is. And so now I have been tasked with making a fairy-princess-ballerina costume for my beloved daughter.
Today we started with the magic fairy wand. I had planned on using an empty paper towel roll as the base, but then last night, as luck would have it, I finished a roll of aluminum foil - and the empty cardboard roll inside the foil is much better suited for a wand than the paper towel roll. The foil roll is harder and thinner, easier for a little kid to hold in her little hand.
Here is what I did: The wand base is, serendipitously enough, the same length as a piece of scrapbook paper. I cut a pretty piece of paper in half, leaving enough paper to roll it around the cardboard cylinder. The first time I tried to roll the paper, it didn't quite stay in place long enough for me to cut a piece of tape to secure it so on the second try I used a glue stick and glued the wand base down on the edge of the scrapbook paper. Then I rolled the wand up in the paper and secured it with, sadly, some clear packing tape. That's all we had. Scotch tape is now on the shopping list.
I secured the paper with packing tape up and down the length of the wand, so now the whole wand is not only covered in paper but is also shiny from the packing tape. Bonus!
This next part was probably pretty dumb and not thought out on my part, but in the end it turned out totally fine. I used a knife to make two cuts in the top of the wand so I could slide a star onto the top of the wand when I was done. It would probably have been alot safer to use a scissor instead of a really sharp steak knife, but you know, live and learn. And the slits came out great, with no band-aids involved or anything.
Next I made the star. I drew a star on an empty tissue box and cut it out. I covered the star with aluminum foil and taped it at the points in the hopes that it would all stay in place. The star them slid very nicely and shockingly, securely, into the dangerous yet lovely slits.
Once the wand base and star were secure, I used a hole puncher to punch a hole on each side of the star and threaded some pink curling ribbon through the holes. I also punched holes at the base of the wand and threaded a bow through the holes so the bottom of the wand looked finished as well. After all the bows and ribbons were tied and curled, I used some odds and ends to pretty it up. I found a small wooden letter T (my daughter's initial) and with a paint pen, turned that T into a pink T. I glued it on to the star, along with some pink foamie hearts to the base of the wand and let it all dry.
It dried and we tried it out - she loved it! She ran around the house with her wand and her super-cute-pink-fairy-wings that we bought for $1.97 the other day. So we're halfway there to having a fairy-princess-ballerina costume - and the best part, the entire wand was made from stuff I had around the house. Cost: nothing.
Next up: A do-it-yourself tu-tu made of pink and purple tulle. Hmm, you know what, maybe I was wrong, maybe this is a real magic wand. Maybe this is the way mommies make magic.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)