Monday, January 31, 2011

How to Make a Tangled Happy Wand

I do hope some of you give this tutorial a try. It's a really fun project to share with your little people. They can easily stuff, paint and tie on ribbons. Lots of fun!
Materials and Tools:
  • Two completed Tangled Happy Stars. Find the pattern here.
  • Embroidery Floss. This step is optional. I used 3 pieces of embroidery floss about 24 inches long; tie a knot in the bottom of the string; tread your tapestry needle; do a back stitch around the inside swirl of the star; tie your beginning tail and end tail together and trim. Repeat with second star.
  • Yarn.
  • Crochet Hook 4.25mm, Tapestry Needle, Scissors, & Hot Glue Gun.
  • Wooden Dowel, Acrylic Paint, & Paint Brush.
  • Ribbons & Stuffing.
Step 1: You will need your two completed stars, tapestry needle, stuffing and a piece of yarn about 36 inches long. With right sides together whip stitch stars starting and ending 3 stitches from the bottom center. Do not tie off. Turn your star right side out. You may need to use your dowel to push out the tips of your star. Then stuff to your likeness.

Step 2: With your tail sc around the opening. Do a second round decreasing each st at you go. Do a third round of sc. Leaving a space just big enough to slip in your dowel. Tie off. Tuck in tail.


Step 3: Slip your painted dowel into the opening of the star about 3/4 of the way up. Hot glue and squeeze the opening of the star around the dowel.
Step 4: Tie on your ribbons using a double knot. Secure with hot glue. Done!


I also wanted to share with you the inspiration behind these Tangled Happy Wands. In December my friend Dori at The Dreaming Bear did a giveaway and one of the items was a painted "play" magic wand. I was sitting and admired it and "POOF" an idea was born. Tangled Happy Wands! Dori is truly an artist and I love her work! You must take a look at her Etsy ShopShe just added some of her wonderfully colorful paintings. I really, really want one! Perfect for my little creative corner.
 Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Thankyou so much for this tutorial, I can't wait to make one for Isla-Rose. xx

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  2. Love this!!!! Thanks so much,
    Meredith

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  3. Thankyou for sharing this Sara.
    Looks like great fun.

    Cheers
    Fi

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  4. Thanks Sara, Lovely idea and great directions. My granddaughters will love these. I hope to get them done for Valentines.....maybe a heart, too!
    Happy magical day to you, xo Robin❤

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  5. I have a niece who will enjoy this immensely! And may even gift some to the girls at my church! Oh fun days are aound the corner!

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  6. If you try this let me know if I left anything out. I would also love to see your finished projects. So send me a link or link up at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tangled-happy-wand. Happy hooking! :)

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  7. Just saw your tutorial on Ravelry and had to check it out here. It is so cute and clever. I have several little nieces who would just love it. Thanks!

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  8. Hi Sara, thank you so much for this tutorial! I am too going go make them for my nieces, since my own girls (12 and 15) have outgrown wands etc....
    I think I will make them on colourfull pencils though, 2 gifts in one.... Will send you a link if I'm done, but that will take a while I'm afraid....so many projects half way in my crochet basket at the moment, there's just too much fun stuff out there!

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  9. Thank you so much for this pattern! I made one for my niece this week: http://bicyclegasoline.deviantart.com/art/Crochet-Fairy-Wand-258034251
    Helen x

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  10. I love your wand! It's perfect. Thanks so much for sharing the link. I just love seeing other peoples finished projects. :)

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  11. Love your tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I just made a wand recently and here's the link to my post.

    http://skwestdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/crochet-wand-for-girls.html

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  12. Sara,
    Thanks for sharing such adorable projects with us! :)
    I´ve crocheted a wand and I´m totally in love with it:
    http://linhasimaginarias.blogspot.com/2012/02/de-varinhas-e-dons.html
    Best regards, from Brazil!

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  13. Lovely! Would also be great if you left out the stuffing and dipped the star in diluted PVA adhesive...

    Penny
    x

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