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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.
I have found this one of the most entertaining things I've done
<p>Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.</p>
<p>This was fun! I used some Rub 'n Buff to give the raised glue bits a weathered gold look and sealed everything with ModPodge. I also wrapped the handle portion of the wand and added a leather cord.</p>
<p>Excellent, great stuff</p>
<p>Thanks for posting! I got some friends together and we did this. Love the effect distressing has on it (makes it look way more woodlike). I didn't have any spray / latex / emulsion / mod podge, so I went straight acrylic on top of the hot glue + paper. Seems to mostly work. At some point, I sort of ripped the acrylic from the hot glue, but I'm attributing that one to not being patient enough to actually let everything dry. ^_^</p>
This is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. I made one for a Potter event and it looks almost atore bought. Got a huge request for more. Also, a helpful tip: I used matte mod podge over the finished product to make the paper stiffer and hold everything in place :)
<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>That is OK and thanks for the mention. Sorry for the delay in replying, it's been a while since I looked at this project, I guess it's almost time for another party now!. But what a cool set of wands, I hhopethe party went well.</p>
<p>I made my own design ..... This was fun ... thank you very much</p>
<p>Nice, very nice, simple and neat</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>Sorry for the late reply. Hope the party went well, the wands certainly look fabulous. Glad you like the project!</p>
<p>Stuffing it with tissue to make more stiff</p>
<p>Good idea</p>
<p>this is awsome!!!!!!</p>
<p>Thanks, perfect for the new film, Fantastic Beasts!</p>
<p>This is super easy and cheap. I used an entire stick of hot glue for the base and detail. Added red glitter to the tip to make it magical! </p>
<p>Wow, that's amazing, a real work of art</p>
<p>Love this!</p>
<p>Thanks, glad you like it!</p>
<p>can i use poster paint instead of acrylic paint?</p>
<p>Yes, but only if you seal it with something waterproof, like acrylic varnish, because in the next step you are going to wash it over with a darker color to age it and bring out the relief, and poster paint is washable and when you apply the darker wash, you will wash off the poster paint. Also when you handle the wand later, poster paint will rub off on your hands due to the moisture in the air and on your hands.</p>
Cool
<p>Almost done!!!</p>
<p>hahaha</p>
<p>I am making it right now!!!</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 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>

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