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Their magic wands sparkle and rattle; you sew and glue vinyl, beads, ribbons.

Their magic wands sparkle and rattle

Bewitching favors can turn a child's afternoon or party into a fairy tale. With a quick bit of sewing and gluing, you can create these magic wands for any special occasion. Sparkling colored beads in a plastic pouch move like fairy dust when waved on top of a wooden dowel, and the rattle of the moving beads adds a little magic music as spells are cast.

Materials for each wand cost about $2. You'll need two 6-inch squares of 12-gauge clear vinyl, a tablespoon or two of small colored beads, three 4-foot lengths of ribbon, and a 3/8-inch wooden dowel 12 to 24 inches long (usually sold in 3-foot lengths). Vinyl and beads are available at variety and crafts stores.

You'll also need a template that measures less than 6 inches in diameter (a design cut out of cardboard or any traceable object, such as a small bowl or toy, will do), a ball-point pen, scissors, a sewing machine, thread, a small funnel, and instant-dry cyanoacrylate glue (Krazy Glue or Super Glue, for example).

Start by placing the squares of vinyl on top of one another and tracing your template shape onto the top square with a pen. Cut out the design through both layers of vinyl.

Using small stitches, machine-stitch the pieces together about 1/4 inch from the outside edge; leave unstitched a space at the bottom center of the pouch just large enough for the dowel (you may want to practice on a scrap of vinyl to determine the correct tension for your sewing machine).

Insert a closed pen or pencil far into the pouch and move it around to separate the layers of plastic. Open up every nook and cranny to let the beads reach into corners; unseparated areas will be impossible to open once the pouch has been sealed. Hold the wnad head upside down and funnel the beads into the opening.

Without spilling the beads, lay the wand head flat; apply glue to the dowel and insert it 1/2 to 3/4 inch into the unstitched opening. Be careful not to let the beads get caught in the glue. Pinch the plastic tightly around the dowel, avoiding skin contact with the adhesive.

Knot and glue different colors of ribbon just below the wand head and tie bows in one or more of the ribbons. Recite the appropriate incantation and the wands are ready as party favors or for general magic-making.

Heidi Merry Ecker of Aptos, California, was the designer.

Photo: Magic wands of vinyl, beads, and ribbons bring out the fairy princess in these youngsters. The easy-to-make wands are popular with sorcerers as well

Photo: Templates for tracing can include cooky cutters, leaves, designs cut from cardboard. Dowels are from lumberyard, other supplies from variety store

Photo: Sew layers of vinyl around perimeter, leaving opening for dowel. The vinyl sticks together, doesn't require pinning

Photo: Pinch pouch opening tightly around funnel, then pour in the beads

Photo: You can vary wands by choosing different colors of ribbons and beads, dowel lengths, and pouch shapes
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