For Halloween hand out goodies the last few years, I started handing out Potter themed ones.
I had been printing out “Dementor Away” Hershey kiss labels and making up snack packs of those, in which I included a pencil wand. The kids always love it and I naturally have to give some to the parents as they bring the little ones around, too. It has been a big hit.
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I have done this a few years in a row now, and I wanted to mix it up a little.
I wanted to have them for the kiddies this year, I try to give out less candy and more fun stuff. We only buy stuff I like and the more the candy is in the house my will power goes out the window.
This year I am stepping it up a bit and making tiny pencil wand boxes for a new wave of pencil wands, and house scarf bookmarks.
I plan on letting the kiddos pick out which house bookmark they will want. As they seem to be a huge hit, I will probably be making up the Dementor kiss bags again as well.
I made the bookmark scarves as party favors at my 35th birthday party because, why not? All my friends devour books and you can never have enough bookmarks, it seemed like a win to me. The pencil wand boxes are the same thing, I made them up for the same party. I tied up the boxes with twine so they couldn’t see what was what; this way each guest could have the wand choose them.
I hear you saying:
“But Sarah, these two projects have nothing to do with each other!?”
To which I will tell you, “yes, in my thinking they do!”
The first time I made these projects, they seemed to take forever. I would almost go as far as to say they were very tedious. It really depends on how many you want to make. I spent hours with scissors and a glue bottle, but since that time I have bought my Cricut Maker (which is capable of doing felts and all sorts of other fun stuff). I decided to give them another whack. I wanted to make the pencil wand boxes easier to cut out as well. When you get all old like me, carpal tunnel is a bear!
While they came out cute and all, looking back, I can tell where my hands got tired and my cuts got a little sloppy. While everyone loved them, I knew I could do better. I wanted to come up with a simpler, less time-consuming way for cranking these out.
I wanted to show this method so that you wouldn’t have to spend hours with a ruler and an X-acto knife . You can still do it by hand, there is nothing stopping you except dulled scissors and X-acto blades! I have provided the measurements along with the files and diagrams.
Now, I will not tell you to go out and buy a Cricut just because I find it extremely helpful, and that I have found it/them totally worth the investment, especially when they are on sale! But be aware; if you do choose to get one, you will never look back. The Cricut is an amazing tool, and I use it for more projects than I ever imagined possible.
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Materials for bookmark scarves
felt of two colors (I used Hogwarts house colors)
(Only if cut by hand) felt tipped marker that matches felt, or fabric marker
With Cricut Maker:
Poster board (I choose black)
Materials for pencil wand boxes
Glue-All or another type of white/clear glue
felt tipped marker that matches the color of poster board
Optional sticker paper for labels
twine for closing boxes
pencil wand to store inside (I like to call them Quick-Note Wands) https://darkartandcraftsarah.com/2019/07/09/it-all-starts-with-a-wand-aint-no-place-better-am-i-right/pencil1/
scissors/ /X-acto knife
blue light grip or green standard grip mat (be mindful of removing from the mat so it doesn't curl the poster board. I would recommend the 12" x 24" mat to get the best use of you poster board
scoring stylus or scoring tool
standard Cricut blade
(1) 9"x 2" felt (one color)
(8) 2"x .25" felt strips (one color)
The 9"x 2" felt needs (7) .75" cuts along each side for fringe (14 fringes total)
You can add more or fewer strips as you desire; its your trip! Apply a thin line of glue to the scarf and place the strip on. I would recommend doing one strip at a time to start until you get a feel for how it flows for you.
Allow to dry, then tug each end of the fringes to give it definition.
Go grab your current read and away you go
The pencil wand boxes
(1) 3" x 9.25" top with a .5" fold line all around
(1) 3"x 9" bottom with a .5" fold line all around
On each corner cut one .5" so the box folds (see photo)
Fold the dotted/scored lines and glue corners together. Assemble both sides of the box. Run a marker that matches the color of the box over the edges to cover any white lines.
Optional print a label that fits your needs and apply to box
Place pencil wand in box
Use twine to close box
Huzzah! Don't they look adorable?
These would be great for classroom prizes, parties, holiday treats- Halloween, stocking stuffers, basket fillers
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