• Matt Shelton

Wooden Lollipop Wands

With Emma's first birthday just around the corner(January 3rd), I decided to make her some toys from wood that I could scavenge from her grandparents house. I came up with a new idea to make what I call, "Lollipop Wands". As the name suggests, they have a resemblance to whirly lollipops from the tree rings. I picture them as something a fairy or other friendly forest creature might use. With this new idea in my head, I needed to find some material to make it tangible. After walking around my parents property, I found a large 3 inch diameter branch that had broken off from pine tree. I cut about a 1 foot strait section from this branch and took it home to cut into smaller sections that I would use for my wooden lollipop wands. Materials, Tools, and Instructions below:


Materials:

  1. Approx. 3 inch branch(wood can be of you choice).

  2. 1/4 inch x 12 inch wooden dowels.

  3. 80, 120, and 220 grit sand paper.

Tools:

  1. Saw that will make strait cuts through branch(hand saw or electric will work).

  2. Sander(hand block or electric will work).

  3. 80, 120, and 220 grit sand paper.

  4. 1/4 inch drill bit

  5. Electric drill


Instructions.

Cut branch into 1/2 inch sections. As long a your saw cuts strait, you can use a variety of saws. Hand saws will work also. I use a Miter saw with makes quick work of this branch. In a couple minute I'm able to produce multiple 1/2 inch sections.



Next you will take your sections and sand down either side of 1/2 piece. Start with 80 grit, then 120, and finish with 220. If you decide to leave the bark on, then make sure not to sand it down. I chose to leave the bark around the edge of mine because it adds a nice natural esthetic.


The next step is to drill a 1/4 inch hole approximately 1 inch deep, aiming directly towards the middle of your piece. Also, make sure your drilling parallel to either side of your piece.




Now all you have to do is gently twist in the 1/4 inch wooden dowel. It should be a snug enough fit that you wont need any glue for it to stay on securely. Congratulations! You've made your first wooden lollipop wand that your daughter(or son) will be super excited to play with!


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