Introduction: REALISTIC Harry Potter Wand - in 10 Minutes

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I'm putting on a show in September with a Harry Potter booth and am getting ready for the full on costume with a Harry Potter wand in my hand. Here's the how-to for this easy and realistic wand made from a thrift-store dowel and a bit of paint.

If you'd like to see more of my DIY props as I get ready for the show, you can visit my website or shop here:
PropPrintables Website  PropPrintables Store

Step 1: Materials

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A dowel (or stick)
A saw (or other cutting tool)
Paint & brush (acrylic basics)
Glue Gun (+ Glue sticks)
Craft Varnish (or clear nail polish)
A gem (optional)

Step 2: Cutting the Dowel

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Measure dowel to the length you want, mark with pencil and cut (I cut to 12 inches). If you find you need to, like I did, use a bit of sandpaper on the end that was cut.

Step 3: Adding the PIZAZZ

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This is the fun part!

The first thing you want to do is start at the very end and work your way down by squeezing BIG globs of glue that ooze down the sides of the dowel. The more, the better, but don't get burned! Just remember - all things in moderation.

I found an old bead from some necklace at a thrift store which I stuck on the end. I let the glue harden and then pulled it off to paint black beneath it so it stood out better. I glued it back on after I painted it.

Step 4: Painting the Wand

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Step 5: Varnish

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JenniferH385 (author)2017-10-11

This is cool! And looks really easy. Going to go pick up a glue gun and a dowel! (and I guess a little saw? lol) Question though as far as the varnish goes - can something like mod podge be used? I have some at home, but no varnish. I'm not the most crafty, if you could tell >.<

Printy (author)JenniferH3852017-10-11

Hmmmmm good question! I went to the dollar store and picked up some clear nail polish and used that for a few of these wands and other projects. I imagine you could use mod podge, but I haven't given it a go, myself. Let me know if it works though, I'd be interested to find out :)

Alanna1 (author)2017-06-25

how do you put the core in ?

LordS13 (author)2016-11-26

I highly suggest for anyone who made wand this way wear an enchanted leather glove because the hot glue might melt when dueling against fire based wand.

Dobby2dmaX made it! (author)2016-11-04

Hi Printy, great tutorial!

These are 2 wands I made. The one with the step by step pictures is the very first one I made for my nephew 5 years ago and the other one is a slightly more elaborate deluxe Slytherin wand I made for my daughter last year. I've always had great fun making them, but I never considered using a glue gun, so thanks for the tip. I'm definitely going to try that out soon!

Printy (author)Dobby2dmaX2016-11-05

Beautifully done! Love the box too. Makes it nice and crisp.

ShameezP (author)2016-10-26

Hi, how long did the glue, paint and varnish take to dry?


Printy (author)ShameezP2016-10-26

The glue dries pretty quickly. Glue gun glue hardens at room temperature so depending on how much glue you've heaped on, it shouldn't be more than a couple minutes. You can blow on it to help it harden faster.

The paint is similar. It dries quickly if you use acrylic, and depends on how thickly you paint it. Shouldn't be more than 15 min, and once again you could get a blow drier to help it dry faster.

The type of varnish I used dries very quickly. It's a craft varnish similar to nail polish. Similar drying time.

Hope that helps!

ShameezP (author)Printy2016-10-26

Thank you so much!

SamanthaE25 (author)2016-09-05

Oh my goodness I am planning my wedding in the future and want to give wands as favors and kind of make them a little personalized. This is a wonderful instructable, I will definitely be using this tutorial when i make them. I have to make over 100 so hopefully it will go as smoothly as this looks.

Printy (author)SamanthaE252016-09-06

Awesome! If you want to make a bunch at once like this, I recommend using something to place your wands in while the glue and paint dries. I used a cereal box and punched holes all the way through so I could prop wands up. It also helped for dribbling the glue on. You could use a block of wood with holes in it, or virtually anything you like as long as you don't mind getting a drop of glue or dab of paint on it. And as a side note, you're gonna need a LOT of hot glue gun sticks. :)

SamanthaE25 (author)Printy2016-09-06

Hahaha i am already preparing for that and i'll need a lot of jewels for them. Thank you for sharing that, a block of wood or cereal box would work perfectly. I'm pretty resourceful when it comes to getting creative lol.

ZainM12 made it! (author)2016-03-24

I made it yo

BubblesGirl915 (author)2014-12-26

I gotta get a glue gun! Ive never seen a harry potter wand tutorial that doesn't involve one! If you know of one, HOOK. ME. UP!

CierS made it! (author)BubblesGirl9152016-03-03

I have been experimenting with easy DIY ways to make wands that don't use hot glue. So far I've liked polymer clay and spackle.

CierS (author)2016-03-03

I made it this way with the hot glue but it looked pretty iffy. I retried it with polymer clay and spackle and like the results a lot more. Here's some pics of the wand I made.

CoolGirlToTalkTo (author)2016-02-20

Nice! My friend we one for me with toothpicks!

Printy (author)CoolGirlToTalkTo2016-02-20

That's cool! Would love to see a pic of it! I have always liked miniatures, they are so fun. :)

Of course it was tiny, but it is cool!

Of course it was tiny, but it is cool!

Of course it was tiny, but it is cool!

AngelaH66 (author)2016-01-23

OMG - I am getting your stuff off of Etsy. Started doing some research and find YOU again here! You are the BEST Printy!

Printy (author)AngelaH662016-01-25

Haha! Thanks Angela! I love your enthusiasm. Glad you are enjoying the templates and tutorials! :D Always the best to see people you like on different sites.

Ben0110 (author)2015-10-03

Thats real cool ! How did u get the swirly effect on the handle in the bottom right picture on step 5 vanish ?

ScottSomeGuy (author)Ben01102015-12-20

Hot glue I think, not entirely sure but that's the most logical thing I can think of

ethan92921 (author)2015-09-29

Cool i made two of them one i used a chisel the other i just used a pocket knife and i did what u did they turned out great!!!!

alice123asd made it! (author)2014-04-13

i made it

Printy (author)alice123asd2015-03-10

Looks awesome! You made that? So cool!

it looks great!

marlena.iacometti (author)2015-03-06

I WANT TO DO THIS!!!!! Thanks for this, it's really good,and now I won't have to waste A LOT of money to buy one. I'll comment and add photos when it's done

Printy (author)marlena.iacometti2015-03-06

Awesome! So glad you liked the Instructable. I would love to see pictures when its done! :)

marlena.iacometti (author)Printy2015-03-07

Ya. I'm hoping to make it this weekend. I showed it to my other friend and she said she is definitely make one. Buying them costs a lot of money when you can easily make one.

Printy (author)marlena.iacometti2015-03-07

Yeah, it's so much cheaper to make these at home. And if you wanted to go all out, there are tutorials on making the boxes too (YouTube). Best of luck! :)

BoniP (author)2014-12-01

This is a great idea, but can you use regular universal glue(E6000 glue) instead hot glue because it's not available in my country. Please respond quickly because I want to make one for my friends birthday!

mvanderdeen (author)2012-07-26

ive had a cool idea for this hollow it out and use a heating element and batteries in the handle add a little pyrotechnics and magic happens

monkeyracing (author)mvanderdeen2013-05-18

I did a pyrotechnic prop wand for a play once. It was a hollow tube, with a 9v battery, a switch and a model rocket igniter in the handle end. To create the effect, a small wad of flash paper was stuffed down the tube. When the button was pressed, the igniter would set off the flash paper and a small, fairly harmless, ball of fire would shoot out. This was being used around kids, so it had to be "relatively" tame. If I did it now, I'd use smaller batteries or see if a piezo igniter would do the trick.

Printy (author)monkeyracing2013-05-18

Wow! That is so cool! I imagine quite a reaction from the crowd. Great idea - thanks a ton for sharing!

Printy (author)mvanderdeen2012-07-28

haha! That would be pretty crazy!

rrkrose (author)2012-09-03

I remember when I was probably 10 my mom would take me to this harry potter themed store in LA and buy me wands about once a month (because I broke them all the time). It would have been really helpful (and a lot cheaper) to know how to make these. Thanks for the great 'ible!

Printy (author)rrkrose2012-09-04

No prob! I totally relate to the story - I broke things all the time as a kid. Tended to make myself replacements for anything I broke ( to avoid getting in trouble? ) which is where the idea for these came from. :)

giike3 (author)2012-07-20

Cool I'm a huge Harry potter fan I'm going to My home town thrift store right know

Printy (author)giike32012-07-23

Awesome! Post a pic if you want. I'd love to see it!

millennium3 (author)2012-07-19

Great technique to make some walking sticks also.

Printy (author)millennium32012-07-19

Hey, that's a great idea! Or chopsticks - now THOSE would be fun to eat with! (food-grade varnish of course)

sunshiine (author)2012-07-18

Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Printy (author)sunshiine2012-07-19

Thanks for commenting! :)

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-07-18

wow this is very clever
i'm going to amke my little sister one :D
she loves harry potter stuff
although i'll have to use pva glue

Printy (author)AussieAnglerGal2012-07-18

Sweet! I hope she enjoys! :)

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