Hey there, crafties! Here’s another HP obsessive project for your nerd pleasure.
You can be a witch or a wizard, but you can’t do much of anything without a wand. I’m going to show you how to channel your inner Ollivander and make one.
I’m sure if you’ve ever explored the fandom, you’ve seen this type of tutorial all over the Internet, but I hope I can share a few tricks that might be helpful for you. I created these for a party I threw for my daughter on her 11th birthday. You can craft these for your own group of kiddos since they’re perfect for small hands (think Trump size).
You’re going to start with the following:
- Wooden chopsticks
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Assortment of beads
- Paint – I found metallic works best to get good coverage
I started each wand by choosing a bead and hot gluing it to the base of the chopstick. This gives it a rounded end and creates a starting point to the character of your wand.
Next, you will use the glue liberally to create a pattern for what will be the handle of your wand. The sky is the limit here. I ran the glue in thin squiggly lines to make tentacle-like designs, or circled the wand in places with the glue. The best wands came out of just letting it ooze. Here was one of my favorites using this method.
Be liberal with your glue and don’t be afraid to mess it up. Hot glue peels right off when it’s still pliable and you can start again. Once you’ve got it down, you can experiment to see what you like best. We ended up with some really cool options.
At the end of all your gluing, drop the tips of your wand into a cup of vase filler to hold them upright while they dry. You want the glue to completely harden and be slick, not tacky. I’ve seen in other tutorials where they rubbed the glued wand in their hands to form it. This method didn’t work for me for two reasons: that shit hurts, and I didn’t like the result of how the glue behaved through this process. But you do you, man. Whatever you like is perfect.
Once the glue is completely dry, you’re on to paint. I used a variety of color on my wands because I wanted them to be distinctly different. As I said above, the metallic paints worked best. Matte and shiny didn’t give good coverage over the glue, but metallics have a sort of grainy texture that keeps it thick and even. Paint your wands to your liking.
You can see here that I used a lot of different options. You might want to paint the wand completely or leave some of the natural wood. You can even use all one color if you’d like. When you’re done and the paint is dry, spray a good sealant over the wands. Use according to directions, but mine required several coats to keep the paint from chipping.
I picked these tags up at my local craft store and did a quick search for wand properties online. I wrapped a tag around each wand to depict its wood material and core. This added a nice touch of detail for the kids at the party. They enjoyed comparing the different kinds of wands.
Since we were setting up the HP world for our party, I wanted to box our wands. There’s a really great template at brytontaylor.com. She does themed dinner parties and they are awesome! Here is the link to the page where she has the wand box. I had to enlarge this to fit my wands, so keep that in mind. I just dropped it into Microsoft Publisher as a photo and changed the length to 13.75”. You will need to print these on oversized, thick paper to get it to work properly. Also you want the print quality to be excellent, so I would suggest using a printing service. It was fairly inexpensive to get these done.
Bryton uses her boxes for licorice wands, so I had to print Ollivander labels in the same style as the licorice brand to cover it. I also printed additional Olli labels to add a little more fun to the box. You can find plenty of images online at Replica Prop Forum and other fun fandom sites. Just print them on full sheet label paper and cut them out.
Inside, the wand was wrapped in black tissue and carefully tucked away. Then I closed the box, tied it up with twine, and added a cute gift tag with each partygoer’s name. I picked up my tags at IKEA, but I’m sure you could print or make something similar.
And that’s all there is to it! The guests loved their authentic wizarding wands, and they were so simple to make. Comment below with your own spellbinding creations!
And remember, it’s leviOsa not leviosA.