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Now that Harry Potter fever is upon us once more, I thought you would like to have a go at making some really nice Harry Potter Wands. This is such a simple but effective instructable. With a sheet of paper, some glue and a bit of paint, and about 40 minutes to spare this instructable will show you how you can make a Harry Potter type wand that would not look out of place in the film itself. I designed it and I have already made a load for my kids, even my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter and her boyfriend wanted one each! For the frist few stages I have drawn pictures of what you have to do and then for the painting part I have taken photos to show you exactly what to do. It's very simple but the effect is fantastic. For more projects like this visit dadcando where there is more Harry Potter type wizarding projects and a load of other craft printables and templates.

If you like this but want more of a challenge which not try it with added magic in the instructable A really magic Harry Potter wand for Lumos and Reveal Your Secrets charms, you get to make a wand with a UV LED at the tip that can reveal secret and otherwise invisible writing. (But I'd try this one first to get the idea).

Step 1: Prepare your paper

Stick a strip of double sided tape diagonally across a sheet of A4 or US Letter sized paper

Step 2: Tightly roll the paper starting in the corner

Roll the paper starting in the corner and roll diagonally, rolling one end very slightly less that the other so that the thin paper roll is tapered. Roll until you get to the double sided tape, roll over this so that the tapered roll sticks to it

Step 3: glue the last third of the roll

Smear the free corner of the paper with a little PVA glue (Elmer's Glue) so that whole surface is, (or will be when it is rolled up) covered in glue.

Then continue to roll the wand tightly and hold (with fingers) till it's dry

Step 4: trim the wand

Wait about 20 to 30 minutes for the wand to dry. As the PVA (white glue / Elmer's) glue hardens, it should become much stiffer. When dry Trim a little bit off both ends of the wand to make the ends straight.

If you want to make a very stiff wand, roll another piece of paper and glue tighter than the first one and poke it down the inside of the first one after coating it in a bit of white glue.

I avoided using a chopstick for this because I didn't want the wand to become dangerous. I would rather the wand broke than someone got their eye poked out with it!

Step 5: plug the ends of the wand (and fill it)

Carefully dribble glue gun glue into both ends of the wand (one at a time, waiting till each end is set). For the bigger of the two ends, you can pack the end with a little rolled up tissue pushed down a bit with a pencil so that you don't have to use too much glue. For the bigger end you will probably need to have two goes. If you are careful you can achieve a rounded end, as the glue is setting make sure that you rotate the wand to stop it slumping to one side or dripping over the edge. The same goes for the little end, although if you have wound the wand tightly enough, you will not need to fill this twice.

NOTE if you want your wand to be stiff and very robust, then instead of using the tighter rolled up paper core, you can fill it with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is that sort of glue that you use by mixing up two parts. It can be very runny when mixed up, so you will need to plug the smaller end. After plugging the little end, but before plugging the big end, fill the wand with quick setting, two part epoxy resin. Use the 5 minute setting version rather than the really fast 90 second version and carefully dribble the glue down the inside of the wand, making sure not to get it on the outside. Don't worry If you do get a little bit on the outside though, just wipe it off carefully and quickly, you'll be painting over that later.

Step 6: create the surface detail

Holding the wand in one hand and the glue gun in the other slowly rotate the wand between finger and thumb as you gently squeeze out glue gun glue onto the surface of the wand. Try to keep it even and make a nice pattern. Start with one or two rings at the thicker end, leaving a space for the grip area, then make a crisscross lattice effect lower down the wand by rotating and moving the glue gun along the wand at the same time.

As the glue sets rotate the wand in the air to make sure that no uneven drips build up. The glue gun glue should be set in about a minute or so, but might be tacky for a couple more minutes so be careful what you rest it on to set properly.

Step 7: spray with base coat

Apply a base coat to the wand to seal it, either you can use spray paint (more or less any colour will do and spray paint is good because it drys hard, but you can use household emulsion instead if you haven't got any spray. (In the US, emulsion paint is called Latex Paint). If you use emulsion (latex) make sure that the wand is dry before going to the next step.

Step 8: paint on the wand main colour

Paint on the wand's main colour. In this case I have chosen brown, but any colour will do. I chose this because I wanted it to look like natural wood. But you could use black or an off white for ivory or any other muted colour. Paint the whole surface but don't worry if it isn't too even, in fact this will make it look more like a natural material. (here you can see I have painted half of it.

IMPORTANT: you must use a type of paint that dries waterproof. Ideally use acrylic. The reason for this is that the next step uses a wash which you have to wipe off while it is wet and if you have used a paint that can wipe off for this stage, then when you apply the paint from the next stage it will rub this paint off as well (which is not what you want).

To mix brown use all the primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in varying proportions depending on what sort of brown you want, or one primary colour with any secondary colour (orange, purple or green). Mix in a little black (but not too much) for a darker brown and allow it to be streaky if you want.

Step 9: Start distressing the wand

No this doesn't mean telling it upsetting news, distressing is the furniture makers term for making something new, look old.

You do this by mixing up a wash of black. NOT too washy, but enough so that it remains wet long enough to be able to wipe it off. The best type of paint for this is acrylic. DO NOT paint the whole wand before starting to wipe the paint off otherwise it will dry and you won't be able to wipe it off.

Step 10: Finish distressing the wand

Wipe off the paint as you go along. Use a damp cloth or piece of kitchen towel. Dab and wipe, if you are not happy with the effect paint over and wipe more. What you are trying to achieve is the natural look of grim and aging that collects in the cracks and corners.

You won't be able to wipe all the paint off and some will collect in the corners round the glue gun glue and this will make it look really old.

Work on the handle area, in real life handles get worn more so will be shinier and have less dark areas. Go with the flow look at the work and wipe and paint until you are happy with the results.

Don't be afraid to go back a stage and add more lighter colours and then repeat the distressing if you want to get the right effect. Always wait till the previous layer is dry. If you use acrylic you can do this as many times as you want. But you only need to really do it once.

Step 11: apply the gold detail

Using you finger tip apply some gold rubbing paste to the raised bits of the wand. You can use a gold marker or gold gel pen or gold modeling paint. The best stuff is the art store product that is designed to be rubbed on with the finger tip and then burnished a bit, but any gold paint will do.

For one of my kids wands I used a bit of silver leaf to make some very highly reflective parts metallic looking. It was a brilliant effect. This is a bit more complicated in that you have to have gold or silver leaf and you have to paint a thin layer of gold size (a model makers' and artists' liquid glue that dries slightly tacky) on to the raised surface first and allow to dry for 2 hours and then apply the gold or silver leaf with great care (it is sooo thin) and then remover the excess with a very fine brush and burnish up with a soft cloth. The effect though is truly amazing, like real polished gold or silver (which is what it is of course). Gold or silver leaf is very cheap but you need to get it from a good art shop or from the web.

Step 12: My (but could be your) finished wands

I took the photos of my wands (each took about 20 minutes to make) to put on my website (dadcando) as just one of the 100's of fantastic projects available there. Many have printables and templates of the highest quality and are designed for kids to be able to do with their dads or mums.

Have fun making the Wand and send me a picture of any you make so that I can out them up on my website (in the Your Models section). Leave a message here and I'll give you my email address.
<p>this is awsome!!!!!!</p>
<p>Almost done!!!</p>
<p>hahaha</p>
<p>Stuffing it with tissue to make more stiff</p>
<p>I am making it right now!!!</p>
<p>This is the best and easiest DIY for wands! Thank you for this!! Love all the other pictures too. It's great inspiration for the 10 more I need to make for my daughter's birthday party :)</p>
<p>I made my own design ..... This was fun ... thank you very much</p>
<p>I made it and liked it..</p><p>But it doesn't need the base coat, gold ring, or the distress...</p>
Really enjoyed making these for a dance show who are witches, made x11 in three hours, plus varnishing. Thanks for the tips!!
<p>your ones sick pdriscoll1! you could make a bigger version with a staff i suppose... but I LOVE THE SCULL ONTOP OF IT!</p>
<p>I made a whole passel of lovely wands for my son's tenth birthday party. Thank you so much for the instructions! (I also blogged my method; I credited and linked you, so I hope that's okay.) </p>
<p>I love it and so do my friends! I tried wire instead of hot glue and it worked really well</p>
interesting idea, glad it worked for you so well.
<p>Don't forget to add the magical core (unicorn hair, phoenix feather, or dragon heart-string) at the beginning of step 5!</p>
<p>so hard to make the paper part!!</p>
This was super fun!! Thanks! <br>
<p>That's very cool! </p><p>I'm gonna make some over this weekend! </p><p>I was bought one over my local ComicCon and I'm eager to make some of my own! </p>
Oh my gosh that is cool.
Oh wow, that looks super amazing, so cool.
Thanks for the kind words. BTW this is one of the most creative wands I think I have seen and a fabulous spin on this project. Thanks for posting these pictures, the wand looks brilliant
WOW Thank you so much!!!
That's... Brilliant and very morbid. This is a highly creative take on wands in general. How did you make the wand curved?
This Instructable is still going strong! Thanks... My kids did these themselves and LOVE them!
Great tutorial and so inexpensive! I'm pretty pleased with the way mine turned out and I won't be nearly as sad when my kids inevitably destroy them because they cost me nothing to make.
Glad you like it because they're so easy to make with you always make more the best thing about the way that they made with that they can't hurt themselves with because there's nothing stiff inside them
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I managed to make a wand for my halloween costume! I'm gonna be Bellatrix Lestrange!! ?
<p>Great tutorial. Thanks! </p>
Thank you, and great looking wand by the way!
<p>Really cool! Nice way to do it without wood!</p>
<p>I don't have a glue gun and my parents won't let me buy it so could anyone tell me 'How can I make a wand without a glue gun'..........PLEASE!!!!!</p>
<p>u can use clear nail polish or paper rolloed up thats soaked in glue</p>
<p>A long time ago, some one who didn't have a glue gun decorated their wand with string painted with white glue. It takes a bit longer to dry, but the effect was good, so perhaps you could try that </p>
<p>You can always use regular glue. Also, laytex is a great alternative but not cheap. You could use laytex and toilet paper to make those balls.</p>
You can't
Is there any way to make the details without using a glue gun?
<p>or nail polish</p>
<p>yes u can roll up paper thinly then glue it around the wand i did that it looks nicer with glue but its still fine</p>
you could also use clay!
Anshul is that u because its shashank
Yeah, some people sell pencils without erasers. I stuck one at the corner of a paper, and rolled it up to the diagonal corner. Then I taped it down. After that,I filled up the WHOLE thimg with toilet paper and taped it shut. Hope this helps!!:)
you could use string or wire or even old headphones! the possibilities are endless. Personally, I was thinking of gluing my old broken headphones for the detail.
That is absolutely brilliant. I would have never thought of that
one person has done it using string soaked in pva (white elmer's) glue
Brilliant idea!<br>
Oh, I just finished it, but I just used nail polish! :)
I realize this is WAY after you left your comment but I was thinking of molding wood putty. I imagine it would be easier to get a nice even strand that way, (if that's what you want of course)
yes, good idea, if you are quick, you might even be able to roll it into thin little sausages and drape them round the wand basic rolled up structure.
if you were to rip off the sticky string used in duct tape, it would work well. Also, I'm not sure if many people realize, but the wand shown here is Hermione's wand. I can imagine some people who aren't very familiar with the series getting confused or just assuming that it's Harry's wand. :D
what you used nail polish

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