REALISTIC Harry Potter Wand - in 10 Minutes

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Introduction: REALISTIC Harry Potter Wand - in 10 Minutes

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.

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Step 1: Materials

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

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

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

Step 5: Varnish

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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.

Good point! Enchanted gloves are a good idea when doing crafts with hot glue too especially if you are living under a permanent accident prone curse like I am.

Nice tutorial! For more variety you could also use finished or unfinished chopsticks which come in all sorts of lengths from about 6 to 16 inches or found sticks for less regular shapes.

how do you put the core in ?

"Inserta media!" with a flick and tap movement is the incantation I like to use because it isn't specific to one type of core and seems to thread the it straight toward the handle starting from the very tip which, as you probably already know, is great for promoting an efficient power flow. However if you are using a tooth of some sort for a core that needs to be placed either in the exact middle or in the handle with the fang pointed toward the tip, I'd suggest going wandless and non-verbal by visualizing the inside of the wand as empty space with the handle pointing downward and the tooth properly positioned fang side up as it falls slowly into place then is held with "Arresto momentum" - a lot of work to be sure! That's why hardly any wandmakers bother using teeth for cores any more.

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 >.<

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 :)

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

Thanks!

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!

Thank you so much!