My sister, my friends and I are all big Harry Potter fans. When I turned nine, my dad taught me how to make wooden wands that we could use for playing Harry Potter. With some help from my dad, I made wands for my sister and friends. We also made wands for my two little sisters even though they had not read the books or watched the movies. They just liked shooting spells at each other. I have five wands and I really like them. I hope you enjoy your wands.
You will need:
- A square ended bar of wood longer than you want your wand to be. I recommend allowing 5 extra inches for clamping the wood to your work bench.
- A clamp.
- A saw.
- A chisel.
- A spokeshave.
- A sanding block or sand paper.
- A hot glue gun.
- Paint. I usually use an acrylic brown paint.
- Start with your stick of wood and mark how long your wand should be on the piece of wood. I suggest a wand of 10-15 inches.
- Clamp your wood to your work bench and use the spokeshave to shave each corner and sides into a wand shape. Make it as thin as you want. If you want your wand to have a defined handle (see photo at right) don’t shave as much at the bottom.
- Use your saw to cut off the end that will not be part of the wand.
- Sand the wand until smooth.
- Now you’re ready to decorate your wand. If you want grooves, use your chisel. If you want vines and lines, make these with a bead of hot glue. You can also glue on wood shavings to make designs.
- Now you’re ready to paint.