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How to Make a Wizard Wand Out of a Stick

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Do you love wizards, witches, and all things magical? We’ll show you how to make a wand out of a stick from your yard. Printable directions are included at the bottom of this post.

This homemade wand craft goes perfectly with our DIY spell book tutorial. Create your own magic wand to use for pretend play, as part of a costume, or for homemade Halloween decorations.

Completed set of homemade wands laying on a greenery.

Wand Design Ideas

Whether you want to know how to make a Harry Potter wand or you just want to make a cool Halloween costume prop, this craft tutorial will give you the basics on creating your own unique wand.

The first step is gathering sticks. If your kids are stick collectors like my son, there will be an entire pile of them in the yard that you can use. They’ve already picked out the best of the best!

When selecting which sticks to use, don’t choose anything too perfect. The knobs, curves, and imperfections are perfect for giving your wizard wands a rustic feel.

Close up of finished wand craft to show detail on the handle and added gems.

Try to find sticks with tight bark. If the bark is loose and falls off easily when you touch it, then the paint and other decorations may flake off. If you like the shape of that stick, then try to remove the bark before starting.

Also, don’t be afraid to pile on layers of hot glue. This will help you sculpt your wand – especially the handle. It can make parts of your wand wider or make jewels look deep set. Get creative with using different materials too.

If you don’t want to (or are unable to) use sticks collected from outside, you can use wooden dowel rods or even pencils instead.

Sticks in a silver bucket and other supplies for wand craft on a white table.

DIY Wand Craft Supplies

How to Make and Paint a Wand

Cover your table with newspaper or crafting paper to protect the work area from paint and hot glue.

Using the hot glue gun, apply glue to the bottom ⅓ of the stick to make the handle. Apply the glue around the stick several times to add texture and grip. 

Close up of using hot glue gun to create wand handle and attach craft gems to the stick.

Attach gems to the wand handle using hot glue. Next, change the shape and design of the rest of the wand using hot glue as needed.

Paint the handle and the top of the wand in your desired color. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.

Using paint brush to paint the wand handle black for DIY project

Give your wand an antique look by lightly brushing metallic paint over raised areas on your wand. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.

Use Mod podge and glitter to add a bit of sparkle to your wand (optional)

Add embellishments with gems, ribbon, rope and suede, then let the wands dry overnight. To speed drying time up, use a hairdryer if you are in a hurry to use magic!

Set of six completed stick wands laying on wreath of greenery.

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Printable DIY Wand Craft Instructions

Set of six completed stick wands laying on wreath of greenery.

DIY Wand Craft Project

Yield: 6
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make your own witch or wizard wand using sticks with this craft tutorial. They are fun and easy to create in 30 minutes or less.

Tools

  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

    1. Cover your table with newspaper or crafting paper to protect the work area from paint and hot glue.
    2. Using the hot glue gun, apply glue to the bottom ⅓ of the stick to make the handle. Apply the glue around the stick several times to add texture and grip. 
    3. Attach gems to the wand handle using hot glue.
    4. Change the shape and design of the rest of the wand using hot glue as needed.
    5. Paint the handle and the top of the wand in your desired color. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.
    6. Give your wand an antique look by lightly brushing metallic paint over raised areas on your wand. Set aside for a few minutes to dry.
    7. Use Mod podge and glitter to add a bit of sparkle to your wand (optional)
    8. Add embellishments with gems, ribbon, rope and suede.

Let the wands dry overnight or use a hairdryer if you are in a hurry to use magic!

Notes

Make a set of 6 wands. Creation time is about 30 minutes. Drying time may vary, but allowing to completely dry overnight before handling is recommended.

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