30-Minute Wandmaking

I‘ve been working at my library this summer, which basically means that I could live above the national poverty line making arts and crafts. Since The Cursed Child released this past Sunday, July 31, my main duty as a library intern has been to make wands. Lots and lots of wands. I think we have an entire cabinet full of wands? More specifically, we make Harry Potter wands. Not to brag or anything but *brushes dust off shoulder* you can call me Ollivander Jr. now.

What You’ll Need

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  • hot glue gun
  • about 5 sticks of glue
  • wooden dowels (or really any wooden stick that’s thick enough)
  • paint of your preferred wand color
  • paintbrushes
  • paper plate with a higher rim (like these)
  • newspaper (to cover the workstation)

Step 1: Take a wooden dowel and put a Sorting-Hat-ful of glue on one of its butts.

You know how when you look at a wand in Harry Potter there’s like a butt end to it? This is how you make it with a stick that’s not very butt-ended.

Step 2: Make the handle very Potterish.

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Try to grip the wand (BEFORE you start putting glue on it!) to see how much of a handle you need. It might be a good idea to mark this off using a pencil. If you’re making wands for a friend, the same length usually works for everyone, unless your friend has unusually large or tiny hands (note that I forbid you all from making any Potter wands for Donald Trump and his tiny hands). The handle looks better when it’s thicker than the rest of the wand. I usually just spiral around it a bunch of times with glue and basically mess it up until it looks good and wizardy.

Step 3: Decorate the rest of the wand.

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Even if you cover the rest of the wand with glue, make sure that the handle is still slightly thicker. This will maintain the image of having a butt end to the wand even when it’s completely glue-covered. I like to put a dot of glue on the non-butt end so that it doesn’t just end with a flat non-butt-end.

Step 4: Paint.

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I’d recommend black or brown. Black usually looks better (at least when you’re mass-producing them) because it takes less paint to cover the wand, but it’s your choice what color you want your wand to be. Reddish-browns look really nice, too, but they can end up looking like clay. Paint most of the wand first, leaving the tip without color. Leave the wand to dry (this can take anywhere from 10 minutes to six hours or more) before you paint the tip.

Step 5: Get a paper plate and more newspaper.

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Laying the drying wand on a paper plate with a higher rim is a really good idea, since that means that less of the wand is touching something and it’s less effort than holding a wand for however long it takes yours to dry.

Step 6: Decorate/gloss (if you wish to do so)

If you’re not using a paint that has a glossy finish (or even if you are and it just doesn’t show up after the wand has dried), I’d recommend using a gloss finish to make the wand look shiny and new. I don’t have any examples of this because the library doesn’t have any gloss, but I think it’d look great! Also, if you want to decorate your wand with gold/black/shading, you can do that in this step, too.

Accio wand!

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