Little Artists: Whirly Wand

Move over Harry Potter wand, there’s a new more colorful wand in town.

Messy level: 1
(5 = Super messy. 1 = Not messy at all.)


For the spill:

  • Colorful construction paper
  • Skewer or chopstick
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Bead (optional)


1. Cut your paper lengthwise into 1 inch wide strips. (Doesn’t have to be exact.) We recommend using between 5 to 7 strips.

2. Cut out four small circles, approximately two inches in diameter each. You can also cut out one small shape to decorate the top of your wand. Here Miss Rita chose her favorite shape, a heart.

3. Use tacky or regular glue to adhere the top of the strips onto one of the circles. Making sure they’re as evenly spaced out as possible.

4. Glue a second circle on top of your stack of strips to secure them all.

5. Repeat the process for the bottom of the strips.

6. Push your skewer or chop stick through the center of each circle. It’s easiest to use a nail or needle to start the process. You’ll want the top to be snug but the bottom hole to be loose so that the wand can whirl.

7. Add a large dollop of hot glue to the top of your wand. This helps keep the skewer from poking anything and also secures the top of the paper to the wand. As an alternative you can also hot glue a hollow bead to the top. Be sure to hot glue underneath as well. You’ll want the top of the whirly wand to be very secure.

8. Your whirly wand is now complete! Time to give it a whirl!

– from the creative mind of Miss Rita

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