If your child enjoys reading stories about wizards and warlocks, such as the Harry Potter series, they may want to carry around a magical wand to feel more like they are a part of the stories. Shop-bought Harry Potter wands can often be expensive and can seem generic. One alternative is to make a handmade Harry Potter wand yourself using a few materials that can be found at a craft store.
Select a wood stick that measures 12 inches (30.5 cm) long. You can choose a stick that is straight and without lumps, or you can select a stick that is knobby and curved.
Sand the entire surface of the stick with medium-grain sandpaper to remove any large areas of roughness and splintering.
Sand the entire surface of the stick with fine-grain sandpaper to make the surface very smooth and soft.
Wipe off the stick with a washcloth to remove any sawdust.
Paint the entire surface with a thin layer of clear acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. This clear coat will protect the wand from water damage and will give the wand an elegant sheen.
Draw designs onto the wand using glitter glue. Select any colour of glitter glue that you prefer and squeeze spirals, swirls or zigzags onto the wand. Allow the glitter glue to dry for 20 minutes.
Insert a hot glue stick into the back of a hot glue gun, then plug in the gun to heat up for 5 minutes.
Squeeze pea-sized dollops of hot glue onto the ends of the wand, then press small crystals and minerals onto the hot glue. Hold the crystals and minerals in place until the glue cools and hardens, which can take 2 to 3 minutes.
Things you need
- Wood stick, 12 inches (30.5 cm) long
- Medium-grain sandpaper
- Fine-grain sandpaper
- Clear acrylic paint
- Glitter glue, any colour
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
- Small crystals
- Small minerals