How to make a scepter

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How to make a scepter
You can make a sceptre out of craft materials. (Queen Victorias Memorial image by Stihl024 from

If you are preparing the costumes and accessories for a theatrical play, you can save money by making them yourself instead of buying premade costuming from a costume store. For example, you can make the sceptre for a king out of a few basic craft supplies. Once finished, this handcrafted sceptre will look beautifully theatrical, and will exemplify what a king should look like by complementing the wardrobe of the actor playing the king.

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Things you need

  • 1-inch-wide wooden dowel, 12 inches long
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glitter glue
  • Foam ball, 3 inches wide
  • Metallic acrylic paint
  • Clear glitter

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  1. 1

    Paint a 12-inch-long wooden dowel using acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Insert a hot glue stick into a hot glue gun, and plug it in to heat up for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a dollop of hot glue onto the bottom of the dowel.

  4. 4

    Press the end of a 1-inch-wide ribbon onto the hot glue dollop, and allow it to cool and harden.

  5. 5

    Wrap the ribbon around the length of the dowel in a candy-cane stripe pattern.

  6. 6

    Hot-glue the other end of the ribbon to the other end of the dowel.

  7. 7

    Squeeze dollops of glitter glue onto the ribbon to add sparkle.

  8. 8

    Paint a 3-inch-wide foam ball using metallic gold acrylic paint.

  9. 9

    Sprinkle clear glitter over the wet paint, then allow it to dry.

  10. 10

    Shake off the excess glitter.

  11. 11

    Squeeze another dollop of hot glue onto the top of the dowel.

  12. 12

    Press the foam ball onto the hot glue, and allow it to cool and harden. The sceptre is now complete.

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