Harry Potter Inspired Wands

At first glance, you may feel a bit overwhelmed as I did. But I assure you, that it's simple and pretty quick.

1. Pick out the length of chopstick or dowel that you would like to use and paint it your base color. I prefer to use either black, brown or white, depending on what color scheme I plan on working with.

2. After the paint dries, this is where your hot glue will come in, and any gem that you may want to add at the end of your wand as you see in the pictures. Attach your chosen gem/marble with your hot glue and allow to dry completely before testing out the balance.

3. Depending on which design you would like to try, I found that creating the bobbles as I call them, drooping down as if it was tree sap. To create this effect, you simply slowly turn your wand as you add the hot glue and hold for a second in one certain place to allow it to bubble before completing. You will then see the hot glue slither down one side more than the other.

4. After playing with the design of your choosing and your hot glue is completely dried you may begin adding your accent colors to the glue. I tend to color it completely with the original base color before adding the small accents of color.

5. When the paint is completely dried you may brush on the Polyurethane and allow it to dry overnight.

Many will say that you can use Mod Podge as a sealant but I highly disagree with this. I've tried it, and while out at a craft show, the glue ended up softening and the wands started to stick together. The polyurethane may take a bit longer to dry compared to the Mod Podge but it is truly well worth it.

Supplies:

Chopsticks or Dowels

Low Temp Hot Glue Gun

Acrylic Paints [your choice of colors]

Gems/Marbles [Optional]

Polyurethane Sealant

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