I received product and compensation from We R Memory Keepers, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.
For the first time ever, we’ll be visiting my parent’s cabin up in the mountains for the fourth of July and I can’t contain my excitement for it. I’ve been told there’s the most amazing small town parade and fireworks and much cooler weather and it sounds perfect. To prep for the festivities, I decided to make a fun Fourth of July Ribbon Wand for Reagan to wave proudly while we’re out and about, and while it may look tricky to put together, it SO isn’t!
This sweet little ribbon wand went together in a matter of minutes with the most amazing new tool: the We R Memory Keepers Fuse! The Fuse is a heat tool that easily allows the user to easily create custom pockets and sleeves for use in sealing keepsakes, memorabilia, crafts and party decor. The Fuse will be available in an awesome bundle for on HSN one day only – July 1. MSRP on the kit is over $100, but the one-day special will be a fraction of that price.
The We R Memory Keepers Fuse bundle includes:
- Fuse tool, with ruler, stand and four tips
- 12×12 photo sleeves (15)
- 4×6 photo sleeves (20)
- 4×4 photo sleeves (20)
- 2×2 photo sleeves (20)
- 1.8×2.4 photo sleeves (20)
- heat resistant mat
- cards (6)
- shaker cards (6)
- embellishments (52)
- envelopes (12)
The paper included in this bundle is super cool. It’s made specially to work with the Fuse!
Now that you know how much awesome is included, let’s get started on the Ribbon Wand!
- WRMK Fuse
- WRMK Fuse mat
- 4×6 plastic sleeve
- Star Template
- Patriotic Sequins
- red, white, and blue ribbons
- Red and White Bakers Twine
- Red Stripe Paper Straw
- Glue Gun
1. Print out the star template and cut around the edges. Lay the star underneath the plastic sleeve, all the way towards one side. You should be able to fit two stars on a single sleeve.
You’ll definitely want to make sure you’ve got the fusing tip on your Fuse before you get started, so it seals the plastic instead of cutting it.
2. Press the Fuse firmly around 8 of the 10 sides to the star shape. You should have an opening left to place the sequins in.
3. Trim the excess plastic around the edges.
4. Fill the pocket with some of the sequins. Make sure to separate the sequins before sealing the pocket closed. It’s much more difficult to get the sequins to spread out after its closed up — trust me from experience.
5. Place the filled pocket back on top of the star template and use the Fuse to seal the remaining sides that are open. Place the completed and fused star to the side while completing the next steps.
6. Trim the ribbons to varying lengths that are shorter than your straw. Stack them on top of each other and hot glue them to the straw.
7. Wrap the baker’s twine around the top of the ribbons to create a clean finish and hot glue in place.
8. Finish up your ribbon wand by using the hot glue gun to glue the star to the ribbons and straw. Let it cool completely before playing with it.
I was barely able to take these pictures before Reagan took off with the ribbon wand. It’s already been a magic wand, a fairy godmother’s wand, and a spinning baton. Her imagination is running wild!
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