Make your own Harry Potter wands for a party, gift, or vacation! Instead of just waiting around for an acceptance letter to magic school, bring the fun home with a little glue and paint and have a ton of fun making this Harry Potter craft idea.
Harry Potter Wands
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all still waiting for our acceptance letters to Hogwarts. After we made our Sorting Hat bookmark and Harry Potter popcorn box, we could not stem the tide of Harry Potter craft ideas…
There will be oh, so many magical crafts coming, but for now we are sharing one of the crowd favorites: Harry Potter wands. This is an easy tutorial for older kids or adults, but because we will be working with hot glue, adults should be near. Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Wand Tutorial Go Smoothly
- Do not be intimidated. This tutorial is absolutely no-fail – you can’t mess it up, even if you tried! Each of the Harry Potter wands is unique, just like in the books and movies.
- Get creative. The beads, baubles, and extras don’t just have to adorn the handles and tips.
- Paint colors can really change the looks of these Hogwarts student wands, but we liked gold the best.
How Do I Make these Harry Potter Wands?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a Harry Potter craft ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our Harry Potter wands video tutorial.
- Wooden chopsticks (we used 4 sets)
- Craft paint- gold, brown, black, tan
- Optional- pretty beads
- Various paintbrushes, sponges, sponge brush,
- Hot glue gun/sticks
- You can purchase larger wood like dowel rods, or rods from the unfinished wood section of your local craft store, for our purposes wooden chopsticks are a perfect size and they have that tapered shape like a wand.
- Heat up your glue gun, while it is warming pull apart as many chopsticks as you need.
- Begin by adding glue to one of your chopsticks, I made each of ours a little different, adding glue as I twisted my chopstick, coating it thickly on some of the handles, adding a lot on the bottom of the “handle” portion to create a knob shape, dragging the nozzle to create dips, etc. This is the fun part, and its really hard to make a mistake as each is unique and a little bit of paint will cover the glue and just add to the aged effect. You will also need to hold onto your wand while the glue dries if you lay it down it will not only stick to the surface but will also flatten out the glue where it rests. It only takes about 2 minutes for it to harden enough to set it down.
- Once your glue is completely cooled and hardened you can begin to layer on some paint to give your wand an aged effect. Create each one with some different looks to be original just like the wands in Ollivander's Wand Shop! I sponged on a base layer in browns, tan, or black. While the paint was still wet I used a small brush to be sure that paint made it into all the little detail areas and added another color or two, this layering ages your wand well. You can make your wand the same color from top to bottom or paint the handle portion a different color, for the teal handle I used a teal frosted glass paint- this wound up being one of my favorites! Lay out each wand and allow it dry completely.
- If you want to add jewels to the tips or to the handle like I did you want to do it now in the final step, add a generous amount of hot glue, press your jewel in place and hold it until the glue hardens.
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More Harry Potter Crafts You Might Like
- Sorting Hat bookmark – If you’re at all interested in reading and you’ve got a love for the wizarding world, you’re going to want to see this gorgeous DIY.
- Harry Potter popcorn box – Perfect for any Harry Potter movie night or Harry Potter party, this popcorn box is just what you need for popcorn, favors or just fun!
- Harry Potter Popcorn – Need a sweet treat to fill that popcorn box?! Don’t worry, this one is healthy, easy and really really yummy!
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