Ok, so you might notice that the pictures here are very old, but that is because we created this craft when we met our nemesis: THE STICK when Toby was a toddler. Look, chances are we are all going to be stuck in the house for the majority of the time, and the most exciting thing we will be able to find is… a stick. Joy. Yep, the chances are that one or more of your kids will find themselves utterly obsessed and in love with a stick and you will find yourself pleading with them to just put it the fuck down, but they won’t and it will all end in tears. Yours. So bring the stick home and do this…
We (by which I mean pinterest and I) decided to make some stick wands the last time this stick-obsession happened! The kids like Harry Potter so it usually makes them smile, and if not, it feeds my desire to shout Stupefy at them when they won’t shut up.
Want to make a stick wand with one of the bajillion sticks your little beastie has collected this week?
Here’s what you need:
- Sticks (around 20cm are best – I urge you to avoid the shit covered variety)
- Twine, ribbon or string (you can use tape too, but it will most likely come off early)
- Flowers, I think cow slips are perfect!
- Coloured paper
Take your stick and give it a clean. It needs to be a relatively decent diameter, too thin and it will snap, too thick and you will have more of a stick in fancy dress than a wand.
Take your chosen decoration and wrap around the end of the stick, securing with the twine or string. If you have used a paper decoration then I would suggest securing with tape first and then wrapping the string over the top of that so it doesn’t come undone.
Make as many as you like and let your little one’s imagination run free! The boys did turn theirs into swords… and guns… and then clubs to beat each other with, but hey ho, the effort was there. Oh and FYI, Stupefy doesn’t work. It just doesn’t. If all else fails it makes a good dog toy for around 2.4 seconds.
How cute is this?! I need to do this with my kids this summer.
I Love arts and crafts, I have no children but boy do I want to make one lol xo
What a great idea 🙂 My girls would love that!
Give it a go Beth x
Stick wand such a great idea and something my son will love
Thanks Jo 🙂
And what is wrong with sheep shit, pray tell!? 😆
I love this, a fab way to use those beloved twigs… 🙂
Bahaha nothing Jess, totally nothing 😉 x
This looks like great fun! I can’t wait until my daughter is of an age for arts and crafts!
Oohh you will have such fun! H x
Aw I love that you did this for him as a substitute for the sheep-shit covered stick!
Mama points right there, I bet he was over the moon 🙂
I love mixing crafts with nature, this is such a sweet idea.
Hahah a-why thank you kindly 😉
Well at least you managed to make something fun out of the stick and turn a crappy (oops) situation better! He’s now going to want every stick to be a wand.
Bahaha – smoothly done 😉
Brilliant idea! A stick wand is just the sort of thing my youngest would play with for ages. I can just imagine the sniffles 🙂
Thanks Helen – ohhhhh it was awful haha!
This is such a cool yet simple craft 🙂 I may have to make a couple with my litle girl. By the way your dog is adorable x
Thanks Viki he has an IG account – yodaandthebabes… not to be confused with star wars porn – didn’t really think about that name eh?!
This is adorable my step son is over this weekend and we can hunt in the garden for the materials. Thank you for sharing xx
Most welcome Kitty, enjoy x
That is such a sweet and simple idea, kids love anything like this which allows them to indulge in make believe.
I really really like this idea. Its magical and is both a craft they can get involved in and a toy they can have fun playing with! I’m definitely doing this with my toddler. She’s a bit young to do the craft itself but will definitely love playing with the stick wand!
It’s amazing the kinds of things kids pick up! I think you found the right solution. That stick craft is fun!
Thanks hun x
haha this is brilliant! It is sure hillarious when the little ones get so fuzzed up about a tiny stone or in your case a stick. They are forever cute and it create good laughs in the future! I like what you did with it, creative way to make it look less “shitty”. Great post!
Haha thanks Cecilia 🙂
Now that is one awesome stick wand – I want one for myself I think! x
Thanks Sarah 🙂
Haha, how funny! I’m glad you made some time for stick fun!
We did indeed! H x
Ah this is such a simple idea but it looks like it made your little one’s day 😀
He was delighted Sam xx
Reminds me of playing pooh sticks! Haha everyone wants to be a wizard
Haha he is, indeed, the wizard! H x
What a great idea, so simple to make and great fun for the kids to make and play with after, even your dog looks pleased as well 🙂 x
Thanks Sam, they all loved it!
I would have just laughed if a kid wanted to bring a stick home with them. Such a great idea to make them into a craft activity x
Normally, not so fussed, but when it’s covered in sheep shit, 2ft long and pointy… I tend to draw the line haha! H x
Great idea. Ieuan is just coming out of his Harry Potter phase (moving into Star Wars) and this would have saved us a fortune. Have you seen the price of the Harry Potter wands!
I have! Insane! H x
This is such a cute post, love the outfit! and the dog!
Thanks Tara xx
It looks simple, not much cost and effective way to keep children entertained. Well done
It was fab Rosana, he loved it! H x
I can just picture Toby trying to bring home a stick covered in sheep muck right now aha! Priceless.
Great little idea to bring out a childs imagination, doubled with the fact he will probably appreciate harry potter more at Universal when he notices all the wands
Thanks Chris! Do you know he loved it! Still carries it around!