The stars of Harry Potter aren't the only ones who can use wands. You can create your own at home to play with or to use as part of a costume. Mimic your favourite wand with these ideas. From traditional to glow-in-the-dark, each has its own personality. Remember that only an adult should use a saw or knife to make any necessary cuts when creating these wands.
Find a thin circular plastic tube or piece of PVC pipe. Use a saw to cut the pipe to the desired length; typically, 12 to 14 inches is a good length for a wand. Spraypaint the pipe a dark brown or black colour. Add decorations using glue and acrylic paints. Glitter, small charms or paint markers all work to add sparkle to a wand. Attach a small, brightly coloured pom-pom to one end to serve as a glowing tip. You can also choose to add aluminium foil or even a tiny glow stick instead. Stick part of the glow stick into a piece of clay and push it into the end of the hollow pipe to cast light out of the end in dim settings. To give wands a Hogwarts feel to them, put each wand inside a shoebox and write on a piece of paper what the outside of the wand is made out of and what the inside of the wand is. For example, Harry Potter's wand is made of holly and phoenix feather, and is 11 inches long. You could even stick a slim feather inside the tube for added effect.
If you live in the woods or near trees, you can collect sticks from the yard to turn into wands. Find a stick the thickness and shape you'd like for your wand and strip the bark from it using a knife, or by peeling it off with your fingernails (watch out for splinters). You can choose a traditional, long, slender stick or opt for a funky twisted stick instead. After you've stripped the bark, paint and decorate the smooth wood underneath. You can also carve designs into the wood. Leave several inches of bark on one end to create an instant handle. A smooth wand could mimic Harry or Hermione's wands. To create Ron Weasley's broken wand, find a bent stick. Wrap a piece of tape around the centre to make it look like it's being held together.
Dowel rods come in different thicknesses, and you can choose one to your liking. Cut the dowel rod down to size, using the typical 12 to 14 inches or going shorter for a smaller wand. Sand the edges smooth and use a knife to carve designs, or whittle one end to form the point of the wand (not sharp). Dowel rods tend to be the easiest to work with in terms of decoration. Markers, paint and even crayons can be used on the smooth, wooden surface. Paint one end with glow-in-the-dark paint and it'll shine at night, or paint designs across the entire wand for patterns that only show up in the dark. Create a wand to mimic darker characters, such as Draco Malfoy, with a dark or black colour. Use a clear acrylic paint sealer to add a high-gloss finish to the wand when you're done. Lord Voldemort's wand can be made by painting the dowel rod a bone-white colour and carving the handle end into a claw, or simply adding gashes and notches to it if a claw shape is too complex.