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I am a Huge Harry Potter Fan. I own all the Books, and movies and even did an 836 page project on the Harry Potter Series (only 4 books were out at the time) my Freshman year in College.
A couple years ago I helped throw a Halloween/birthday party for my brother-in-law. My husband and I decided to go as James & Lilly Potter. We found a website where we could get movie replica Harry Potter costumes for a great price. I crocheted us each scarves in the Gryffindor colors. Now all we needed were wands. After seeing the price to buy a wand I decided I was crafty enough I would figure out how to make my own.
I looked online for a few hours seeing all the many tutorials available I decided that I wanted to go with a wood base vs. a paper one. (After all if they turned out well I wanted to be able to use it with my Gryffindor costume for years to come.)
The wands were so easy and fun to make, that I sort of went wand crazy and decided to make a whole bunch and give them out as party favors for the Halloween party. The wands were a hit that night. and the extras were quickly claimed by friends and family.
Ever since I have had numerous friends and family ask me to write up a tutorial for how to make Harry Potter wands. So here we go…
- Wood Chopsticks (I prefer the ones that are narrower on one end.)
- Mini Hot Glue Gun
- Mini Hot Glue Sticks
- Various sized glass beads
- Acrylic Paint
- Foam Paint Brushes.
- Clear Acrylic Sealant Spray
- Take the Chopsticks (I bought mine in a 20 pack at a nearby Asian store) and start applying the hot glue on the ticker end. For some of mine I slowly turned the chopstick in my hand while applying the glue to create a spiral effect. For others, I ran the glue down the chopstick from the end to about 2/3 the way down on each side. There really is no wrong way to do this. Be creative. I found that little glass beads make for great texture. I have also used medium sized plastic beasts for a jewel on the end of the wand. Again play around and have fun.
- After you are done with the Hot Glue and the wands are cooled, it is time to paint. I like to start by painting the wand all in one color first. Then after that first color is dried, I like to go back with a second color that is either lighter or darker (and then carefully paint over the glued parts to give the wands a two-tone carved look.
- After the paint is all dry, take them outside and spray two coats of Clear Acrylic spray over the wands. This gives the wands a polished look and serves to protect the wands so they last longer.
My friend asked me to make kids some only her daughters wanted fairy wands instead wizard wands. So I used pink and white for the girls with plastic gems on the ends. The boys liked the gems on the end so I made their with gems too. For these wands I made the wands look how I wanted them with the hot glue, then put a large dollop of hot glue on the end which I pushed the gem into then added a little more glue around the lower edge to make sure the gem was secure.
Then my husband asked if I could make a wizard staff for him by using the same steps I used to make the wands only using a large wood dowel instead. I took his challenge and made these epic wizards staffs/canes by using the largest wood dowel they had a Walmart and a full sized hot glue gun/hot Glue sticks. For the gem at the end I used a plastic light up gem that you find in the floral section at Walmart (the kind they put in vases under water. I turned the plastic light up balls. They turned out wicked legit if I do say so myself.
What do you like the best? The Harry Potter Wizard Wand, The Jeweled Fairy/Wizard Wands or the Full sized Wizard Staff/Adult Cane?
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