May 12, 2013

Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wands







I have seen lovely, whimsical bubble wands made from bent wire and beads, and while my girls would love these, there is no way they could bend the wire. So I decided to try making them from pipe cleaners and pony beads! (Fortunately the lovely folks over at CraftProjectIdeas.com kindly provided the pipe cleaners and pony beads. While they were given to me free to use however I wished, I do purchase their products frequently!)


We started with 2 pipe cleaners for each wand. We twisted the first pipe cleaner together to make the handle adding beads along the way.



We twisted the second around the first to make it a bit sturdier and then shaped it. I think to make them again I would twist half of each pipe cleaner together to make the handle and the second half to make the top. That may be a bit sturdier and easier.



While the girls were busy working on their wands Eli was using the pom poms that came with the pipe cleaners to practice putting one in each section of a silicon baking pan. Then he went on to stringing beads on pipe cleaners (I didn't know he could do this, but he grabbed a pipe cleaner and started)!


Once we had a bunch of wands made, we headed out to try them!  It was super windy, but we still got some bubbles.




 Once we were finished, I rinsed the wands with water and laid them to dry.  The next morning they are good as new and quite useful as princess wands too!

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52 comments:

  1. I remember making bubble wands as a kid! Never thought to decorate them with beads -- how fun!

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    1. I had never tried it before, so I was thrilled it worked! lol Thanks for visiting!

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  2. These are SO cute! Thanks so much for participating in the Spring Blog hop!

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  3. This is awesome! We've made bubble wands from the kit, with copper wire, but I've never thought of making them from pipe cleaners. And I just happened to buy some pipe cleaners the other day.....

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    1. Well I hope they make some beautiful bubble wands! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. fun! we've made similar bubble wands in the past, with mixed results. I like your addition of the beads. How great your little guy busied himself stringing those beads. We'll have to give this a try again.

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    1. I bet Bekah would enjoy them at least! I was really surprised that he could do that too. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. o how I love pipe cleaners! so many things to make.

    Thank You for sharing by Pin It Tuesday!
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  6. What a lovely lot of learning and fun!

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    1. They had a great time with it! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Stopping by from the kids co-op. What a great idea for using pipe cleaners!

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  8. This will be a fun summer project for the kids. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  9. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I would not have thought to put the beads on.

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    1. They add a little extra something I think! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. What a great idea! My girls will love it!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to make some! Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I really like these homemade wands. Simple enough for little hands to make yet they work! Something we'll have to try sometime soon! Thanks for sharing. Came over from Montessori Monday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! They were definitely easier then using the pretty wire!

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  12. These are adorable and I love that y'all decorated them!

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  13. Fantastic idea! Keeping this in mind for the future.

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    Leslie
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  14. Very creative and cute, thank you for sharing!

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  15. Oh these are very cute. I too LOVE the gorgeous wire and bead oes, but not something my little ones can make. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you stop by again! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/05/eco-kids-tuesday_21.html

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  16. Love how easy and fun this is. Featuring you tonight on my blog!

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    1. Thanks Beth! I will be sure to share on social media for you!

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  17. So adorable! My boys would love these - pinned it! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday. Sincerely,
    Monica
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  18. That's a great idea. I never would have thought that would work because of the fuzz on the pipe cleaners.

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    1. I wasn't sure it would work, and then I was worried it would be all gross from the soap! But it worked and washed clean with water! Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Oh I have tried making pipecleaner bubble wands before, but ours didn't blow very well. I may have to try again!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.

    Maggy

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    1. It was really windy when we did it, but after the wind died down we had better luck. I did find using the commercial bubble solution worked better then homemade. Not sure if adding some glycerin to make the bubbles stronger would help or not? They make great fairy wands even if they don't blow!

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  20. What a fun idea! Your bubble wands are so creative & beautiful!

    I featured this today at TGIF - http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/05/tgif-linky-party-77.html Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with all of us! Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like and I hope to see you linked up later today!

    Have a GREAT weekend!
    Beth =)

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  21. What a great idea!! I love them. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  22. Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase- featured these awesome bubble wands this week!

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  23. So fun. My son would love to make these. :)

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    1. I hope you get a chance to try it!

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  24. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

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    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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