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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.

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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

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 5: Varnish

alice123asd made it!4 days ago

i made it

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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
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.
PropPrintables (author)  monkeyracing11 months ago
Wow! That is so cool! I imagine quite a reaction from the crowd. Great idea - thanks a ton for sharing!
PropPrintables (author)  mvanderdeen1 year ago
haha! That would be pretty crazy!
rrkrose1 year ago
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!
PropPrintables (author)  rrkrose1 year ago
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. :)
giike31 year ago
Cool I'm a huge Harry potter fan I'm going to My home town thrift store right know
PropPrintables (author)  giike31 year ago
Awesome! Post a pic if you want. I'd love to see it!
Great technique to make some walking sticks also.
PropPrintables (author)  millennium31 year ago
Hey, that's a great idea! Or chopsticks - now THOSE would be fun to eat with! (food-grade varnish of course)
sunshiine1 year ago
Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
PropPrintables (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks for commenting! :)
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
Sweet! I hope she enjoys! :)
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