How to Make the Queen of Hearts' Scepter

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How to Make the Queen of Hearts' Scepter
The queen of hearts is a perennial favourite at Halloween. (body of the queen hearts image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

The Queen of Hearts, a memorable character from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel "Alice in Wonderland," is typically portrayed as a colourful villain dressed in a regal gown of red and black, wearing a gold crown and carrying a sceptre decorated with a red heart. The character was based in part on Queen Victoria, who ruled Great Britain from 1837 through 1901. Today, children and adults frequently dress as the Queen of Hearts for Halloween. Because various images of the Queen of Hearts have been used in movies and stage productions, you can use your creativity in designing your sceptre.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • 6-inch styrofoam heart
  • Damp rag
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 36-inch wooden dowel
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Red ribbon
  • Assorted plastic gemstones
  • Glitter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sand the styrofoam heart gently with sandpaper. Wipe it with a damp rag to remove any dust. Paint the heart red using red acrylic paint. Allow it to dry.

  2. 2

    Sand the dowel gently with sandpaper. Wipe it with a damp rag to remove any dust. Paint the dowel black using black acrylic paint. Allow it to dry.

  3. 3

    Plug the glue gun into an electrical socket. Insert a glue stick into the glue gun. Confirm the glue in the gun has melted after a few minutes by testing it by touching the tip to a piece of scrap paper.

  4. 4

    Glue one end of the ribbon to the bottom of the dowel with the glue gun. Twist the ribbon around the entire length of the dowel in a spiral pattern. Do not cover every inch of the dowel with the ribbon. Instead, allow some of the black paint to show through so it appears both red and black. Glue the other end of the ribbon to the other end of the dowel.

  5. 5

    Poke a hole in the bottom of the heart with a pencil large enough to fit the dowel. Insert the dowel into the heart. Secure it using hot glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  6. 6

    Apply plastic gemstones to the heart as desired with the glue gun. Apply glitter to the dowel as desired with the glue gun. Allow all of the glue to dry and harden.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy the styrofoam heart for your sceptre at any major craft store.
  • Place the hot glue gun on scrap paper to ensure the glue does not drip onto your carpet or table.

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