This post walks you through the easy process of making DIY star wands that can be used to celebrate the 4th of July or any occasion.
In recent years I have heard a new phrase: “Flag Bouquet”. Have you heard this phrase? It’s where people assemble a bunch of flags and give them to someone else. Like a flower bouquet, except of course, with hand held flags.
Here at SLH, we have a number of flag bouquets. This is mostly due to the fact that yours truly has a small addiction to vintage flags and can’t stop purchasing them. So we have a large assortment of hand held flags sparking cheer in different areas of our home.
Then this past weekend, I realized, the flags needed something – well – just something MORE. The flags looked nice but they just needed a little oomph, a little pizzaz, and a little sparkle. So I had an idea, why not make stars to add to these flag bouquets?
Which is how I arrived here at writing this post. We are going to make DIY star wands that you can incorporate into your 4th of July decor.
DIY Star Wands
First, this has got to be one of the easiest crafts I have ever done. The entire process took an hour to create 8 stars. Once they were created, I simply tucked them into my existing “flag bouquets”.
Below is a list of supplies you will need. Where possible, I have provided links to online sources where you can buy the supplies. Having said that, I simply went to my local craft store to purchase needed supplies.
- Die cut silver and/or gold stars ( I used 3 inch and 4 inch stars)
- silver glitter
- gold glitter
- Rubber cement
- Small paper plates
- Package of 1/4 inch dowels 12 inches long
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Create the Stars
Remove the die cut stars from their packaging. On one paper plate add some gold glitter. On another paper plate add some silver glitter.
Apply rubber cement glue to the face of each star. Quick TIP – using rubber cement glue ensures the paper stars don’t warp. Once the glue has been evenly applied to the face of the star, place it face down into the plate of glitter.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the gold stars were coated with gold glitter while the silver stars were coated with silver glitter.
Repeat this process so that you have 8 gold stars coated with glitter and 8 silver stars coated with glitter. If you find some spots where glitter did not adhere to your star, simply re-apply the rubber cement glue to those areas and place the star face down in the glitter again.
Attach Stars to Dowels
Once all your stars have been covered in glitter – plug in your hot glue gun and open your package of dowels.
You are going to use the hot glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the star. Find a center point of the star, apply the hot glue and set the dowel on the glue. Let the glue dry.
Next you are going to glue a star on top of the existing star. You want the star points to align.
Let the glue dry. Then add a small drop of glue between each of the star points and pinch them together.
Repeat this process for the remaining stars. If everything goes as planned, you will have 4 gold stars and 4 silver star wands.
Ways to Make this Even Easier
If coating stars in glitter is not your cup of tea, then you can purchase stars that already have glitter on them. You can purchase gold glitter stars here and silver glitter stars here. Then all you need to do is attach the stars to a wooden dowel. If you don’t want to make your own star wands, you can purchase pre-made gold star wands or silver star wands.
Enjoy Your DIY Star Wands
Fortunately, the 4th of July is still a few weeks away. So, I can enjoy my updated flag bouquets that now have more pizazz with the star wands included.
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If you are out and about at any antique stores or markets and if you come across some old flags, you may want to buy them. They are fun to collect, affordable and easy to store away at the end of the season.
I like the way these homemade stars turned out. There is something about handmade items that has an enduring quality. Right? For example, homemade cookies compared to store bought cookies.
In the photo above, I removed the flags so you could get a better view of the stars. I plan to wrap these star wands in tissue paper and store them with my flags at the end of this season. Until then, I am enjoying all the sparkle they bring into my home.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are enjoying all that the summer season has to offer. Maybe you are going out to a local ice cream stand? Perhaps you are watching fire flies? It’s possible you have been grilling food outside. Summer is fleeting so its an opportune time to embrace the season and all the magic it brings.
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