Little Cobs, my scrumptious Grandson (aged nearly 7 – as he’s fond of reminding me), has never, up till now, been that ‘into’ crafting. It was such a heart-sore to me but it was something that every now and again I’d have a play around with, at the dining room table, to see if I could spark him up and get him going. That was until last week when I asked him if he wanted to do a little painting or something … he positively JUMPED at it! So, acting upon his instructions I got various colours of paint, and bits of card, and he went off to his bedroom, (here in Cobweb Towers) coming back with an armful of Dinosaurs. “Lets do Dinosaur footprints!” he said excitedly. So … we did. We painted (with a cut sponge) the dinosaurs feet and made them ‘walk’ across the bits of card!
Not wanting to end this sudden change of craftiness, I said …. “Oooo, I know … let’s paint a proper painting. On a canvas – just like an artist does!” He was all for this … so another trip to the craft room, and I returned to the table with a small canvas – about 6″x 4″ (roughly) … and we painted birds – …. well, actually he painted different coloured splodged finger prints, and I said I would do some magic and turn them into anything he wanted – except dinosaurs (because we’d already done those) … birds was chosen – along with a special request from him of … “A SLUG!” – which we named Cecil. We left the painting to dry, I added some details to the back (name, date etc) and then sealed the acrylics lightly so that he could take it home and impress mummy and daddy. (They were by the way (impressed).
So this week I thought I’d try to get him to do something else crafty …. and … we made his very own Wand!
I’ve seen wands on Pinterest made for children, using a hot glue gun. Personally – I don’t think the making of anything using a Hot Glue Gun is child friendly. But that’s just me and my over-protective Grammyness!.
Most of you know that Little Cobs has Cerebral Palsy – which, along with other problems, can affect his hand/eye co-ordination a little, and sometimes he can be a bit shaky – hence the reason I wanted to get the main hot glue stuff out of the way. BUT … I knew we would still have to use the glue gun for fixing adornments.
He chose three different coloured jewels, a red one, a blue one and a black one, all which had one side covered in aurora borealis and made the jewel flash all sorts of colours as you moved them.
I explained that Grammy would have to fix these jewels to the wand using some very special glue and a hot glue gun. I told him that this was very dangerous stuff and only for grown ups to do – so although he could tell me where he wanted his jewels to be, I would have to glue them.
Bless his heart, he was so good about it. He sat patiently, watching – and playing with all the jewels in the pots – (he even went and got his little matchbox digger/earth mover and made a building site on the table while waiting).
Then came the painting bit – and after that …. best of all …. we added shine and glimmer, which gave it “the MAGIC!” (apparently) – at least that’s what Little Cobs said, and he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to magic. (apparently). 🙂
I gave him a little make up sponge and showed him how to gently add the glimmer and shine to the wand, in the places he wanted it to be. He had an absolute ball of a time with it. So much so that I had beautiful gold fingernails where he’d sponged me with it too.
The glimmer and shine (the MAGIC) comes from one of my favourite products in my craft room. Pinflair Buff It. Available HERE. (scroll down just a little to find where the Buff It products are listed). I use the original Buff-it rather than the liquid Buff-it. I’ve never tried the liquid so can’t comment on it. As you can see in the above photo … the buff it will ‘go’ just about anywhere. On the wood and on the glue, beads, jewels and on Grammys too! Then after a gentle polish with a soft tissue, the wand was finished and ready to wave, with a swish and a flick! (Harry Potter fans will ‘get’ that).
And that’s all there was to it!
I thought a great name for this wand would be: The Three Eyed Dragon Wand (because the jewels look like three dragon eyes peeping out) … but Little Cobs felt that he could come up with something far better … so while I went and washed my gold fingernails, young Cobs turned his Grandad into a Frog and when I got back into the living room Little Cobs proclaimed that this (waving his wand about with abandon) was … “THE WAND OF DOOOM!” – you have to say it in a deeper voice than normal and prolong that ‘Dooom’, so that it gives the listener a feeling of impending … dooom. LOL. When I said it as The Wand of Doom, I was corrected and made to say it several times until I got it right.
Some people are so bossy! 😀
We did actually make something else too ... but I’ll leave that for another day.
Well …. Happy Monday! The start of another week. Another one! Coo, aren’t we lucky that we get given these weeks, and we don’t even ask for them or add them to our shopping lists! We get them free too – which is my very most favourite price!
Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me. May today be a really great day for you. Remember … you’re in charge of your mood, so pick a good one!
Sending love and squidges, from me, here in my corner, to you, there in yours ~