Wands are easy to make and the materials are inexpensive and readily available. If you've shopped around for one, you may have noticed that they can be a bit pricey, so making your own will save you money. Even more important, making your own wand will imbue it with your own energies and give you a more personal connection to it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wooden branch
- Work or gardening gloves
- Optional decorations:
- Paint or stain
- Small sponge paint brush
- Fine tip craft brush
- Wood glue
- Gemstones or crystal bits
- Small piece of cloth or leather
Take a walk where there are a lot of trees and look for a piece of fallen branch. If you have trees on your own property, you can take a branch when pruning them. Look for a fairly straight, sturdy piece of wood that is free of rot or fungus of any kind. It should not bend, but it should not be brittle. Choose a branch with a circumference and weight that feels comfortable in your hand. The length is traditionally from the crook of your arm to the tip of your middle finger, but again, choose something you feel relaxed holding.
Wearing your gloves, strip your branch of any bark, twigs or leaves that may be on it. If you have found a nice branch that is a bit long, snip off the end with pruning shears to make it a workable length. Place the wood in a dry area for a few days so that it dries out.
If your branch is very knotty or has stubborn pieces of bark remaining, you can leave it if you think it adds character and you prefer to keep the wood in a more natural state. If you prefer, you can use a sharp knife to whittle down some of the bumps. Wear your gloves when whittling. Hold one end of the branch firmly and press the knife flat against the branch. Push the knife away from you, shaving a little of the wood off at a time until you are satisfied.
Sand the wood smooth with sandpaper. If your branch is very bumpy, start with medium grain until the wood is smoothed down, and finish it off with a fine grain sandpaper. If your branch does not need a lot of sanding, just give it a light sanding with a fine grain sandpaper to smooth it. You are now ready to decorate your wand as you wish.
If you want to paint your wand, decide if you want the entire wand painted, or if you just prefer to paint certain symbols on it that are meaningful to you. Use wood craft paint sold in craft stores in whatever colours please you.
If you're painting your whole wand, paint it with a sponge paint brush and allow it to dry. Paint details, such as symbols or words, with fine tip craft brush.
If you're staining your wand, use a wood stain from a hardware store. Brush it on with the sponge brush and then wipe it with a rag. Do as many coats as necessary to achieve the colour you like. Allow it to dry.
Painting or Staining
Leave the wood natural if you prefer not to cover it with paint or stain. To avoid the wood drying out, you will need to rub it with a mineral oil so that it does not become brittle.
Take a bottle of mineral oil and a rag. Pour some oil onto the rag and rub it into the wood all over the wand.
Rub the oil into the wand twice a day for a week. After that, rub mineral oil into any areas kept natural once a month for a year to help preserve the wood. After a year or so, you can reduce your applications of mineral oil to twice a year.
Affix gemstones or crystals to the wood if you like with wood glue. Use small chips with a flat side that can be glued onto the wood. Don't glue any to the 3 or 4 inches on the end that you hold the wand so that they won't fall off from handling.
If you would like to put a tip on your wand, such as a piece of crystal, acorn or stone, use a wrapping to hold it into place. A wrapping can be made out of a small piece of cloth or leather. This will act like a piece of tape holding your tip in place.
Cut the wrapping into a small square that wraps once around the end of the wand and is about one to 2 inches wide. Spread glue on one side of the wrapping. Hold the item you want affixed to the end of the wand and wrap the cloth or leather so that it overlaps the end of the wand and the item. Hold this in place for as long as you can and then lay it on a flat surface to dry, rolling it over every few minutes so that the tip does not settle in a crooked way.
Add a wrapping to the part of the wand that you hold, if you like, to protect the wood.
Another way to decorate your wand is with a spool of thin gauge wire that bends easily by hand. Wrap the wire around the wood, either tightly coiled, or spiralling up the wood. The wire can also be wrapped around to cover the cloth or leather wrapping that holds the tip in place.
Tips and warnings
- Don't take branches off of trees on properties that don't belong to you. It is illegal to take branches off trees on private and most public properties, and if you don't have the proper tools or know what you are doing, you can harm the tree.