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Gandalf the Grey Wizard Staff

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For my birthday, I decided that I wanted to have a photobooth with LOTR-related props for guests to play around with. Gandalf's staff is perfect for reenacting "You shall not pass!" moments, and I figured it would be easy enough to DIY.

You will need a long wooden dowel with 1" diameter, a brown paper grocery bag, masking tape, a hot glue gun, paint, some kind of varnish/finish, clear packing tape, a small LED light that will stay on without you holding it, and craft glue (Elmer's or some other tacky glue).

I bought my dowel at Home Depot for about $3.50, but it only came in 6' lengths. To get the right length, I ended up sawing off about 10". You'll need to adjust for your own height, but I knew it wanted the finished staff to be about the same height as the top of my head.

If your dowel has a rough surface, you may want to sand it lightly to get a smoother surface.  
 
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Step 1: Making the twisted branches

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To get the twisted branches look for the top of the staff, I ripped a brown paper bag into strips ~2" wide (does not need to be exact) and  twisted them up. I left the ends of the strips untwisted so that there would be a flat base to tape to the dowel. Make sure that you have a variety of "branches" in different widths and lengths. To keep the branches from untwisting, I added some masking tape, but do so sparingly so as to preserve the grooves and color of the "natural" bag. 
Dreamchronic8 months ago
could´t believe it is from paper. looks really awesome!
karo10391 year ago
Awesome guide, I can't wait to try this.
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