Ballerina Wands

What ballerina doesn’t need a wand to help her “Swing, Swish and Sing”?

That is just what we are making today: a  Ballerina Wand. During our photo shoot below, everyone watching had to  try out the wand. I think I was first in line! There is something magical about long, flowing streamers that brings a smile on your face and a bounce to your toes!

Supplies:

• One 12” wooden dowel
• Paint (optional) acrylic
• Ribbon (optional) to wrap the dowel
• Fabric glue (optional) to glue the ribbon to the wand handle
• Various colors and lengths of ribbon
• Beads, bells (optional)
• Glue gun  OR a flat head thumbtack
• Embellishment for the top (silk flower, tulle poof, beads on wire)

Directions:

Wand Handle: Make this ahead if you are painting it to allow drying time. The thickness of the dowel will depend on how strong you want it to be. I used a dowel that is 3/4″ in diameter.

• Paint the wooden dowel with acrylic paint.

• OR wrap the dowel with ribbon secured with hot glue.

• OR use fabric glue and ribbon to glue and wrap as you go along the dowel.

Ribbons:

• Cut ribbons of various lengths and colors of your theme. I made mine all different lengths (36” to 20”) and textures. I used 6 different ribbons: solid sheers in light pink in both 3/8” and 7/8” widths, Rose Pink Cherries patterned grosgrain, 7/8”size, French pink 3/8” solid colored grosgrain, Hot pink 3/8” solid colored grosgrain, and Two Tone pink Glitterific 3/8”. All these are from Ribbons and Bows Oh My. Remember, you want the ribbons to swing as your ballerina twirls!

• I referred to the tutorial, “Pony Tail Elastic Streamers”, to learn how to layer the ribbons and secure them together.

Pony Tail Elastic from Jennifer Huinker on Vimeo.

Instead of making all the ribbons even, I layered the ribbons on top of each other randomly making some sides uneven and some centered. After determining a center, baste the center with thread, cinching in any wider ribbon. Wrap the thread around the center point to secure all of the ribbons. Take a narrow ribbon piece and glue it perpendicular to the center of the cinched ribbons. Add a dot of hot glue to the topside edge of the dowel to glue the centers to the dowel. Wrap the single ribbon around the dowel and secure with more glue.

• Option: Use a thumbtack to secure the center of the cinched ribbons to the top of the dowel.  You might have to drill a small hole in the top of the dowel and use a dab of glue to secure it.

Top Embellishment:

• Tulle poof – cut 3 feet of 6” tulle ribbon. I used pink tulle. Thread a needle with a knot at the end. Loop the tulle around a 6″ index card. Slip the tulle off the card holding the center.  Sew a running stitch through the center of the tulle ribbon. Pull the thread to gather the tulle and wrap the thread around the center pulling tight as you go. Secure with a final stitch. Fluff out the tulle loops by pulling them apart to create a puff. Hot glue the tulle puff to the top of the dowel or on the thumb tack.

• Other embellishments would work also – silk flowers, bows, etc.

Think, “Swing, Swish and Sing“. That is just what your little ballerina is going to do as she dances with the Ballerina Wand.

Have fun! Looking forward to tomorrow.

Rita

4 Comments on Ballerina Wands

  1. Terry
    November 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I know you think I needy, but I am not sure about the Tulle puff? I must be missing something, my puff does not look like yours at all. Any help would be greatly appericated.

    • Rita
      November 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for asking this question. I will give you some suggestions here but tomorrow I will add another way to make a tulle puff.
      Scrunch the tulle as you wrap it around the card. After you tie the center, twist the loops as you pull them apart. You don’t want them to be all facing the same direction. You may need to use more tulle to make a fuller puff, or use a smaller card to get a denser puff. I’ll put up another way to make puffs on tomorrow’s blog. Let me know how this works. Rita

      • Terry
        November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

        Thank you

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