Last year was the first time we celebrated the Fourth of July at an Independence Day Parade and I was so impressed by how dressed up and festive everyone was. I made these Star Spangled Shaker Wands and it was so fun for the kids to walk down the parade route waving them around proudly. This year, I decided to make a new version of the shaker wand using cardstock and paper straws!
You and your kids will love how much fun these shaker wands are to make. The little pieces of star confetti float around with every wave. Find out how to make your very own on the Cardstock Warehouse Blog!
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Part of the problem of being a crafter is that there is always another tool/toy that you want. Have you seen those awesome clear plastic shaker pouches where you can add confetti and sequins inside? Well, I love them. They are made using a fuse tool to melt the plastic together, which I don’t have but want one day. When I saw the Fourth of July Ribbon Wand from Sweet Rose Studio, I knew that there had to be a way that I could make these with the supplies I had. And that’s when I thought, GLUE GUN!
For these star spangled wands you will need:
- To start with the shaker top of your wand, cut out a shape template. This star was 4 inches across. Insert it into the plastic sleeve.
- Heat up the glue gun and run the tip of the glue gun around your shape template slowly to melt the two plastic layers together. Make sure to do this on top of a heat proof surface. I used a silicone mat on top of my cutting mat.
- Fuse all the edges together leaving an opening big enough to put in the confetti and glitter stars.
- Cut out your star around the fused area leaving extra plastic around the open section.
Cut out some stars, a little larger than the confetti, out of the glitter canvas. I cut enough to glue them back-to-back so that each side was a glitter side!
Remove your paper template from inside the plastic and insert your confetti and glitter stars, the best part! To seal it off, put your paper template on top of your heat mat with your shaker star on top. You can see the template through the plastic and this will allow you to continue to fuse along the remaining edges with your glue gun. The lines were not as straight and thin as they would be with a fuse tool, but they did the job for this project.
Since this was so last minute, I was not able to find any 4th of July themed ribbon. Using the same confetti, I glued red, white and blue stars to the white ribbon. Figure out how full you want your ribbon wands to be and how long to cut them. I used 5 red and 3 white ribbons about 16 inches long. Take your wood dowel and glue gun the ribbons all around the top.Wrap your thin rope to cover the edges of the ribbon around the top of the dowel and secure with hot glue. Add a generous amount of hot glue to the wrapped rope, wait a few seconds for it to cool a bit, and then attach your shaker star.You are ready for your 4th of July parade!