In honor of the last harry potter movie coming out, I decided to do a little project inspired by the book series I've read and reread countless times. This wand is made from a few components. The handle is a peg from an old coat rack my family was throwing out. I took the liberty of unscrewing a couple pegs because I liked the shape. They had little screws on the ends of them, which made it much easier to attach the wand component. The wand component is a handle from an old paintbrush, which was just the right length and shape for the peg. The taper and rounded end were perfect for making the wand look professional. Yes, there are wands out there that are perfectly straight rods, but I prefer mine a bit different. The metallic spiral is hot glue, painted with a mix of gold and copper acrylics. The wand would probably have been fine without it, but I liked the little flair that it gave the joint between the coat hanger peg and the paintbrush handle. I attached the peg to the handle by drilling a hole into the paintbrush handle that matched the size of the twisty screw end on the peg. The screw part of the peg was then coated  in gorilla glue and twisted in carefully. It would be easy to split the thin layer of wood around it. After letting it dry, I applied the hot glue spiral and spray painted the paintbrush handle a glossy black. the metallics were painted on very carefully with a small brush. To make the light wood of the peg look old and worn, I made it darker. I applied sharpie ink to a small area, and then quickly rubbed it off with a paper towel, repeating over all of the wood until the result looked good. Because of the plasticy finish on the two wood components, the end product looked nice and smooth.

I ended up taking this bad boy to the harry potter premier in a ravenclaw costume, just to have a good time.
kit11984 years ago
I took a personlity test, I ws ravenclaw :D

I was a ravenclaw too

lunius kit11984 years ago
Roxy7173 months ago
Do you remember where you got the coat rack or anywhere I could find those style pegs? Thanks!
eklinger3 years ago
nvm! i didnt read the thing through before.
eklinger3 years ago
did you make this or did you get it somewhere? if you made it then you are really good at it! and if you bought it can you tell me where!????!
slytherin ftw
gorilla07473 years ago
Heres one that i made. I basically took a stick and started whitteling it until it looked decent.(i'm going to paint it, and ill post another picture of the finished wand.
ArtfulAl (author)  gorilla07473 years ago
very nice! 8)
gorilla07473 years ago
Pretty cool...
BouncyPanda3 years ago
This is so awesome! I am now starting Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. I have read every book before that but none after. How can you tell that this is a Ravenclaw wand? I took the sorting hat test and would like to make a Gryffindor wand. Can somebody please help? All help would be appreciated. Also, what else could I use for the handle? From the passage above, I am understanding that you painted the paintbrush with arcrylic. Or did you spray paint it? What brand of paint would you reccomend? Thank you! Please reply to this comment, and I have read the comments above, you are right. All houses are great! Would Harry Potter books be interesting if Draco was not in it or any other Slytherins? No it would not. Hufflepuff is for honest, loyal people, Slytherin is for mischievious people, not sure what Ravenclaw is for, and Gryffindor is for brave people. Do you sell these wands? I would definetly buy them. I really want to make this but I don't have the handle. I am not going to break my coat hanger unless it is already broken like yours/you are going to throw it away.
ArtfulAl (author)  BouncyPanda3 years ago
I don't think that individual wands can be specifically attributed to each house, I just mentioned ravenclaw because that's the house that I identify most with. If you did want a specifically gryffindor wand, though, you could use a red and gold color scheme, or somehow incorporate a lion in the design. I actually painted the paintbrush with Krylon black gloss spray paint meant for plastic, it was the metallic spiral that I used the acrylics for. I used this spray paint because 1:there was a plastic coating on the paintbrush handle, and 2: It was what I had on hand. If you needed to, you could definitely use spray paint for the spiral, though I would suggest spraying into a separate container, and then applying it with a brush.
Also, just to clarify, Ravenclaw is a house meant for people who's most prominent attribute is their intelligence, or mind. It may be a bit egoistic that I put myself in this house, but I just found that I would fit there better than anywhere else.
Finally, for the handle. While I seriously lucked out that I was able to get my hands on such a nice wooden peg, I understand that others probably wont have the same fortune, (at least, not without a felix felicitatus potion). I recommend visiting some thrift stores and looking for anything that looks good. If this fails, you can also use part of a natural branch to bet a bark grip piece, which looks very good. A similar effect can be achieved by covering a small section of wooden dowel with hot glue in a bumpy, rippled coat, followed by painting in an organic or metallic color.
I don't plan on selling my wands, but feel free to take the design and make your own. After all, that's what instructables is all about!
Woah, this looks fantastic. Nicely done. (;
nzipperer3 years ago
How long did this take?
ArtfulAl (author)  nzipperer3 years ago
maybe an afternoon. it wasn't all that labor intensive.
michaeljme4 years ago
So how did you make it?
ArtfulAl (author)  michaeljme4 years ago
you'd know if you actually took the effort to read the text.
ecoberley4 years ago
how long was the paintbrush handel?
De.JMan4 years ago
Does It WORK???? :D
Hugo41234 years ago
Very nice wand my fellow Ravenclaw
As my username states Gryfindor rules because the sorting hat chose Sirius! Yeah! or urrr... Blimey!
Griffindor rules
juicymoose4 years ago
im torn between griffendor AND ravenclaw
Valentra4 years ago
This is completely fantastic! Really well done, definitely wear your Ravenclaw costume and bring the wand!
generaljuan4 years ago
Pssssshh why be a student at all? GO ALL OUT MAN and scare people as a death eater, or say Mad eye Moody as yours truly will be dressed up as.