How to make Wizards of Waverly Place wands

Updated February 21, 2017

Walt Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place hit the scene in 2007. The wizards are three kids learning how to make magic by using spells and their magic wands. If your kids enjoy pretending to make magic, you can make one of the three wands from the show: Alex Russo's flashy wand, Max Russo's bright white wand or Justin Russo's ordinary brown wand.

Alex Russo’s wand

Use a sharp knife to even out the notched end of the drumstick. Use sandpaper to smooth out the wood and prepare it for painting.

Paint the drumstick with red acrylic paint from the blunt end to one inch from the sharpened end; wrap painter's tape at the inch line to help you know where to stop. Let the red paint dry for at least three hours then paint over the red paint with the clear glitter nail polish. Allow the nail polish do dry for at least 30 minutes before picking up the drumstick. This gives the drumstick the glitz and glamour of Alex Russo's magic wand.

Glue a small, round marble to the blunt end of the drumstick. Let the glue dry for 30 minutes to ensure the marble will stay in place. Touch the marble gently at this time, if it moves at all let it dry for another 30 minutes.

Wrap the black hair bands twice around the drumstick just below the marble. Leave 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) in between each hair band.

Wrap painter's tape above the unpainted spot at the sharpened end of the drumstick. Paint the drumstick below the tape with the black acrylic paint. Check the paint after an hour; let it dry longer if it is tacky to the touch. Take off the painter's tape once it is completely dry.

Max Russo’s wand

Sharpen the blunt end of the drumstick with a sharp knife until it is slightly pointed. Use sandpaper to prepare the wooden drumstick for painting.

Use the knife to increase the notch in the notched end of the drumstick, shaping the end of the stick into a round shape. Add two more notches, 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) above the round end and 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) apart.

Measure a line 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the round end of the drumstick. Wrap painter's tape below the line, close to the round end. Paint the stick with white acrylic paint starting at the painter's tape to the sharpened end. Let the paint dry for about three hours until it is completely dry.

Place a section of painter's tape at the end of the white paint above the unpainted portion of the drumstick. Place another piece of painter's tape 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the rounded end of the stick. Paint in between the tape lines with the gold acrylic paint. Check the paint after an hour for dryness.

Wrap a piece of painter's tape just above the unpainted end of the drumstick. Paint this section, including the round end, with the royal blue paint. Allow the paint to dry for an hour, or until it is completely dry and remove the painter's tape.

Justin Russo’s wand

Use a sharp knife to sharpen the blunt end of the drumstick so it points a little. Rub the end with sandpaper to prepare the wood for painting.

Use the sharp knife to increase the indention on the notched end of the stick. Shape the end as round as possible. Use the knife and make another indention about 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the newly rounded end.

Tear a small strip of the duct tape about 5 cm (2 inches) wide, and wrap it around the drumstick just above the newly carved notch.

Paint the entire drumstick with the dark brown paint. Allow the paint to dry for three to four hours until it is dry.


Create these easy wands for Halloween costumes or just for dress up time. An adult should handle the carving of the drumstick wands to ensure safety. Drying times can vary depending on the humidity in your home. Test the dryness by lightly touching the paint, if it feels tacky at all, let it dry another hour and check it again. You can expect to spend at roughly 12 hours to complete these wands.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 wooden drumsticks
  • Small round crystal or marble
  • 2 black hair bands
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Navy blue acrylic paint
  • Dark brown acrylic paint
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Clear glitter nail polish
  • Duct tape
  • Painter's tape
  • Sharp knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft glue
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After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.