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Wand and Sword

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 6 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for:
Make Believe, Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour, plus drying time for glue and paint



Cardboard Wand
by Katie Hacker & Lily

Materials for wand:
Elmer’s® Classic Glitter Glue (color of your choice)
Elmer’s® Glue-All®
FloraCraft® Foam – 3” ball
Foam brush for paint/glitter on foam ball
Foam brush or regular paintbrush for paint/glitter on tube
Cardboard tube from wrapping paper
Acrylic paint: white, gold, favorite color Scissors
FloraCraft® Design It®: SimpleStyle® Feather flower pick
Acrylic gems


  1. Cut the wrapping paper tube in half.
  2. Base coat the cardboard tube white – this is super important when you're painting brown cardboard because it will make your paint brighter!
  3. When the tube is dry, paint it gold and let it dry again.
  4. Brush glitter glue all over the tube for extra sparkle.
  5. Press a foam ball onto a pencil and use a foam brush to paint it your favorite color.
  6. When it's dry, add matching glitter glue all over the ball.
  7. Press the foam ball onto the end of the wand to make an indentation, then run a line of glue around the edge of the tube and glue the ball in place.
  8. Use thick craft glue to attach acrylic gems around the base of the foam ball.
  9. Press the feather pick into the center of the foam ball.

Tip: You can reinforce the handle of the wand by folding up two toilet paper tubes and placing them inside the end of the wrapping paper tube.

Here's another idea for a sword:
Use a wider cardboard tube to make a sword. Cut a cardboard rectangle that's about 3-1/2” by 13-1/2”. Place the end of the cardboard tube near one end of the rectangle and use a pencil to trace around it. Cut out the circle, then fold the cardboard and use that circle as a template for the other end. Paint this piece of cardboard black. Base coat the tube white, slide the black cardboard over the tube for the handle. Glue a small foam ball into each end of the sword. Paint the “blade” silver and the “handle” black. Glue gems to the handle.

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