- milk bottle plastic
- chip packets or lolly wrappers
- plastic webbing (type that holds boxes together)
- scissors and marking pen
- PVA glue and a hot glue gun
Start eating chocolates and chips (I promise I only eat them so I have got plenty of recyclable material on hand 😉 )…or collect from friends (boring!). Save up all those straws from Maccas or ones foolishly thrown onto the street (wash them with boiling water and vinegar).
Cut the same number of stars from washed chip or lolly packets.
The silver side of the chip packet becomes the top side of the fairy wand.
Finely chop/shred (I just chop with household scissors) all the left over packets. This is the fairy dust to be glued to the silver stars. It makes the stars very colourful. Store your colourful fairy dust in a container that you can dip your stars into.
Hot glue gun one star to the top side of a straw. Using either the PVA or hot glue, cover the silver star with glue and dip it into your container of colourful shredded plastic waste fairy dust. The star shape needs to be covered. If there are bald bits, you can re-glue and sprinkle later. Leave to dry.
Turn your wands over and repeat the process: hot glue gun a star to the other side of the straw, cover with glue, dip/sprinkle with colourful fairy dust.
Embellish your wand with the help of the hot glue gun and split plastic webbing. It naturally curls as it is separated from it’s long strip (I tear off very thin pieces – I make a groove with my finger nail at one end and pull it apart). Webbing comes in so many different colours that it suits the multi coloured fairy dust. Plastic webbing is also everywhere as it is used to hold boxes together during transportation. Wander into any store and ask if you can raid their rubbish bin for plastic strapping. Once you use it, you will never again buy curling ribbon.
Hide the wands in the garden and have a fairy wand hunt. Magic…both for the children and the environment.
Thank you for recycling. The forest fairies would be most pleased with you.