Wand Tutorial for DIY Craft at a Harry Potter Party

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Milo’s Harry Potter birthday party was this past weekend and it was a whole lot of fun. Most of the stuff I did was inspired by all of the amazing Harry Potter parties that came before ours. You can see my inspiration board on Pinterest if you want to see a few of those creative tutorials and ideas. I did make a few (kinda) original projects that I’ll share over the coming days. The first is the craft/favor that we did with the kids. A DIY wand made from bamboo, hot glue and craft paint:


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Harry Potter Wand Tutorial 

You will need:
Bamboo Poles
Hand saw
Lightweight spackling
Craft (popsicle) stick
Bamboo skewers
Styrofoam
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Acrylic craft paint, assorted colors and metallic (I used my favorite metallic and pearl paints, Jacquard Lumiere
Paint brushes
and sponge brushes
Assorted cores (feathers, fibers, etc.)

1. Use a handsaw to cut your bamboo poles down to various lengths of 9″-12″. Remember that bamboo is not hollow all the way through, and every time there is a “bump” in the bamboo that joins sections, that part will be solid. So plan your cuts so that you will be able to add a core later. I cut mine so that the bumps fell at about 1/3 from the bottom of the wand. It makes a great, natural point for the handle.

2. Seal off the bottom (handle-end) of your bamboo stick with lightweight spackling (the stuff you use to patch holes in your walls). You can apply it with a craft popsicle stick or just use your finger. Allow to air dry for at least 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, set up your drying rack by pushing bamboo skewers into a block of styrofoam, and heat up your hot glue gun.

4. Use hot glue to create handle designs on your wands. Squiggles, swirls, stripes, dots. . . play! Place each wand on a bamboo skewer to set.

5. (Depending on the age of your party goers, you can do this step, or leave it for the kids to do.) Paint your wands with acrylic craft paints. Be sure to cover up the white spackling at the bottom of the handle. A regular (hair) paint brush is good for your first layer to get into the little crevices. A dry foam brush is great for dry-brushing on accent colors and painting contrasting colors onto the hot glue. Sometimes I just dry-brushed gold onto the glue and bare wood for a more subtle effect. I used a mix of cheap craft acrylics and I also had Jacquard Lumiere paints, which have a nice 2-tone metallic and pearl finishes. I also did ombre effects on several of the wands by painting on a heavy color at one end, and then dry-brushing the color down to the other end of the wand. Another tip is to pull the bamboo skewer out of the styrofoam and hold onto the skewer with the wand over it as you paint, then put the whole shebang back into the styrofoam block to dry. It will keep your fingers from getting too messy!

6. Allow your wands to dry on the skewers. They are now ready for the kids to stuff with cores. I allowed each child to choose a wand and then he or she got to choose from two cores: Phoenix Feathers (orange/red  feathers) or Dragon Heartstrings (I cut strands from  these iridescent and red foil centerpiece sprays). I was also going to have Unicorn tail made from metallic rainbow thread, but since the kids were mostly 4- and 5- years old, I thought that might be too difficult.

7. The easiest way to seal the cores on would probably be to use hot glue. However, since our party was at a park without access to an electrical outlet, I brought along some spackling mixed with brown and metallic bronze acrylic paint in a small jar and sealed the tip the same way I sealed the handle end. It dries to the touch in about 15 minutes and continues to dry without shrinking over the next few hours.

8. And finally, attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learn to immobilize your enemies and save the world from You-Know-Who!

13 Responses to Wand Tutorial for DIY Craft at a Harry Potter Party

  1. Evani says:

    So easy and super cute. Well done!

  2. lessonplans says:

    Love these! Just posted on Craft Gossip…. Harry Potter Rules!
    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=6571

  3. Rae Gun says:

    oh my goodness these are incredible! I definitely will be making some for my annual HP party! I hope you’ll add this to my what we wore, read and made party :)

    Marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  4. Carol in the Land of Oz says:

    How cool is that–you have an annual Harry Potter party!!!

  5. Bettina Groh says:

    those are super cool!!

  6. Johanna says:

    Sorry we missed the fun. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been searching the internet for an easy wand tutorial….I should have know to just come to you.

  7. Nicole says:

    Hi, How long does the paint take to dry? I am trying to decide if we’ll paint the wands at my 8 year old’s party or if we’ll do that step ahead of time and have them stuff the wands at the party. Thanks. Great craft!

    • Hi Nicole,
      Since acrylic craft paint is water based, it dries pretty quickly…at least it will if you don’t glob the paint on. I would say 10-15 minutes. The Jaquard Lumiere metallic paint I used also dried just as quickly. You could probably use any metallic acrylic craft paint. Of course, I live in Southern California, which is sunny with low humidity. My only concern would be with the crevices between the hot glue designs. I made sure to use a hair brush (not a foam brush) so that the paint didn’t pool up in those crevices, but some kids might not be very conscious of that. That would definitely take longer to dry.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Would you mind if I made some and selled them? I am only a kid who is obsessed with Harry Potter and is trying to find ways to earn money.

    • Hi,
      I’m so sorry I never replied to you! You posted this right around Thanksgiving and it got lost in the shuffle :(
      Anyway, as I responded to the comment below:
      I do have a Licence to Sell. The fee is nominal ($10 for the first year, $5 annually thereafter), and is mostly in place so that I retain the rights to my designs. I would also list your shop as an official seller here on the blog.
      If you are interested, please email me at sadsilver@gmail.com and I can send you more info and the license to look over.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is a very helpful tutorial. I would like to sell some, like another ‘Anonymous’ said above me. Would you be OK with that?

    • Hi there!
      I do have a Licence to Sell. The fee is nominal ($10 for the first year, $5 annually thereafter), and is mostly in place so that I retain the rights to my designs. I would also list your shop as an official seller here on the blog.
      If you are interested, please email me at sadsilver@gmail.com and I can send you more info and the license to look over.

  10. Carrie says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I made one and will be sharing it at Crafty Moms Share on Sunday with my post on the Caribbean Cinderella. Thank you again for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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