No witch or wizard is complete without their wand. So today, we'll be making our very own wand and an Olivanders wand box to go along with it!
- Box Cutter or Sharp Pocket Knife - Get it here
- Sand Paper - Get it here
- Minwax Wood Stain - Get it here
- Minwax Clear Finish - Get it here
- Dust Mask - Get it here
- Disposable Gloves - Get it here
- Paint Brush - Get it here
- Metal Ruler - Get it here
- X-Acto Knife - Get it here
- Cutting Mat - Get it here
- Scissors - Get it here
- Glue Stick - Get it here
- Cotton Balls - Get it here
- 11x17 Paper (or 8,5x11 or A4) - Get it here
- Computer and Color Printer
- Old Newspaper
- Large Brown Paper Grocery Bag
- Random Sticks from Outside
You'll also need to download my free templates available below. I am not referring to the instructables PDF (which requires a paid subscription). You want to download the .zip file.
Step 1: Video Tutorial
Watch the video tutorial or follow along with the written instructions with photos!
Step 2: Wand Whittling and Sanding
Choose a nice, straight, sturdy stick and use your box cutter or pocket knife to whittle it into a wand shape. You can leave the bark around the thick end of the wand to act as a wand handle if you'd like. The skinny end of the wand should be thinner than a pencil and the wand should taper to this point from the thick end.
Once you're happy with the shape of your wand, sand it down until it's smooth. Also, make sure to sand the tip of the wand down so that it is rounded. You don't want it to have a sharp point.
Note: your wand should be between 13 and 14 inches long or shorter in order to fit in the wand box.
Step 3: Wand Staining or Painting
If you're staining your wand, wear disposable gloves and a dust mask, and do it outside. The wood stain has strong fumes that you don't want to breathe in. Use a paint brush to cover your wand in the staining liquid, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then wipe off the liquid with a rag. If you want your wand to be darker, repeat this process until you get your desired shade. Once you're satisfied with the color, you'll need to let the wand sit for 8 hours before moving on to the next step (clear coat finish). While you wait, you can move on to making the wand box if you'd like.
If you're painting your wand, be sure to do it in a ventilated area. You'll probably want to allow the paint to dry for at least a few hours before moving on to the next step (clear coat finish). While you wait, you can move on to making the wand box if you'd like.
Step 4: Applying a Clear Finish
For the clear coat finish, you'll need to be outside because of the fumes that the chemical produces. You'll also want to wear disposable gloves and a dust mask. Use a clean paint brush to cover the wand with the clear finish. Let it dry for about 3-4 hours.
Note: before you apply the clear finish, make sure any paint or wood stain you applied to the wand is completely dry. The wood stain takes 8 hours to dry.
Step 5: Printing the Box Template
Print the box template on regular paper. Depending on what size template you are working with, you may have more or less pieces of the template to put together. Cut them out and glue them together until you have a full size template.
Also, make slits in the four corners of the template as shown in the photos. This will create four small flaps, one in each corner.
Next, fold along all of the crease marks on the template.
Step 6: Creating the Wand Box Lid
Fold the outer long edges and outer short edges of the template down as well as the four small flaps we made. The shape you're left with is the shape we need to cut out of our cardboard. Trace this shape onto a piece of cardboard and use your ruler and X-Acto knife to cut it out.
Next, line your ruler up between each inner corner on the cardboard shape you cut out and use your X-Acto knife to make light slits from each corner to the other, but don't cut all the way through. This will allow us to easily cold the cardboard along the slits to form our box shape.
Now you can glue the template to the top of the cardboard you cut out. Glue down the top of the box and the long sides, but not the short ends yet. You can also fold the excess part of the template around the long sides of the box and glue those down as well.
As for the short ends of the box, go ahead and fold the box into the correct shape and then first glue our little flaps we made earlier onto the short ends of the box, and then glue the short ends of the template on top them. Again, wrap the excess parts of the template around and glue it to the inside of the box.
You should now have the top of your wand box lid.
Step 7: Creating the Bottom of the Wand Box
For the bottom of the box, measure the inside of your wand box lid you just made. You need three measurements: width, length, and depth. You will use these measurements to make the bottom of your box the correct size. The depth should be 1 inch or so, however the width and length can vary depending on the thickness of the cardboard you're using.
Use your ruler and a pencil to sketch out how big of a piece of cardboard you'll need for the bottom of your box (see images for reference). Use your ruler and X-Acto knife to cut out the shape you sketched. It should be one large rectangle. In each corner of the rectangle should be a 1 inch by 1 inch square which you will slit one edge of to create flaps similar to the ones we made on our wand box template.
Also, repeat the process from the last step where you made cuts but didn't cut all the way through the cardboard. You'll do this again from corner to corner in order to fold your box.
Use your glue to stick the box together with the small flaps we made glued to the inside of each short end of the box.
Note: I had a little trouble getting the glue from the glue stick to hold long enough for it to dry. If you're having the same problem, you can fold it into the shape you want and put it inside the box lid upside down so it holds the right shape. From there, apply the glue and wait for it to dry. Alternatively, you could use a hot glue gun for this.
Once the box is dry, you are going to glue cotton balls along the inner long sides of the box. the cotton balls should be glued along the corners of the bottom of the box and the long side of the box, leaving a little space above the cotton balls and a long trench in the middle of the box. This will be where our wand sits.
Now cut out a rectangular piece of your old fabric. I had some fabric left over from other projects that was a nice burgundy color, but you can use any color and any kind of cloth you want. This cloth will cover the inside of the bottom of the box so that it hides the cotton balls and dips into the trench so we can place our wand in the box without it rattling around. Use your glue stick to add glue to the trench we made and along the top of the inner box edges, right above the cotton balls. You should be able to glue your cloth into the box pretty easily.
This part got pretty messy for me. I didn't like the fact that the edges of the cloth looked kind of scraggly, so I measured out a piece of a brown paper grocery sack and glued it to the outside of the bottom of my box and folded the excess in and glued it down over the scraggly looking parts around the inner edges of the box. It worked great and I think it made the bottom of the box look a bit nicer instead of just being plain cardboard.
Step 8: You're Finished!
That's it! You're done! Your wand should fit nicely in your box and the lid should also fit perfectly.
Please let me know what you think and share your creations in the comments below!
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