We spent the weekend being crafty. My kids are on a BIG Harry Potter kick, about 5 years behind the times, but loving it none the less. We watched most of the movies in the car on the way to and from California and all over Arizona and Texas this past month. They turn everything from straws. to sticks to granola bars into magic wands.
I love listening to them and watching the big kids get completely involved and play along. In fact, we have made up a list of our own “Ivanovsky Spells.”
My Favorite? In place of one of the more popular Harry Potter spells “expelliarmus” the Ivanovsky version is “smelly lamas.” I am sure you can see how the rest of them go!
My oldest has a “real” Harry Potter wand he got one year from Santa, it was the pricy kind at $40 that is motion activated. The little kids drug it out and have been
fighting I mean sharing it nicely all week. They had a lemonade stand earning $42 and decided to pool the money to buy another wand. Like that is going to go well…
My crafty 8 year old got online and found many different sets of instructions on how to make a wand. The other kids shook their heads and said “no!” She begged me to help her make one. Since I had just about everything I said sure, and we got started.
You will need:
- Glue Gun / Glue Sticks (about 3 large ones for each wand)
- Craft Paint (we liked metallic and glitter)
- Construction paper
- Chop Sticks or wooden dowels
- Elmers Glue
- Marble or something to put at the handle end. We found a bag of wedding gems at Walmart for $3.50 that worked perfectly.
Place glue on one side of any color of construction paper.
Take your chop stick and roll from the corner tightly.
When I got to the end, I taped the corner down and we left them to dry.
Now, when they are all dry, you will need to cut off the ends so they are flat.
Working with one end, I filled the end with hot glue and stuck the end of the gem in. I turned it upside down and held it until the glue had set.
The bigger kids started to take notice and thought we might be onto something cool, so they started making their own construction paper tubes!
Once the top was set, I took more hot glue and make rings around the gem and tube reinforcing it even more. I needed them to be sturdy!
This is where your glue gun skills come in handy! If you lived though the craft phase of the 90’s you know what I mean! 🙂
Start from the below your gem/marble and start building up a few layers of glue. I tried to spread it down, and as it would drip I would roll it around, making some kinda funky patterns.
The thickest layers need to be at the top and get thinner as you go towards the bottom. Just keep in mind what a wand might look like with a handle.
Once you have the first 1/2 of the wand done and before the glue cools, use the tip and make designs in the glue. This will give your wand cool dimensions and areas to paint when you are finishing it.
Once the glue has cooled, you will paint a coat of solid black over the wand as a primer.
The black really pulls out all the 3D of the glue. They start looking really cool at this point.
By now, I have all 7 kids making a wand 🙂
Once the black has dried, you can start painting your wand. My kids liked the glitter and metallic paint for theirs. We used gold a lot for the accents.
They took a few coats because of a few mind changes. Plus a few hours of drying time. But once they were done I thought they looked REALLY cool!
The kids were really proud of themselves as well. The big kids were so impressed they wanted to have friends over to make some with them!
These are our finished Harry Potter wands. They are very sturdy and really neat looking! When you feel them it is hard to imagine that they are made of chop sticks, construction paper and hot glue!
I added a few more lines of hot glue at the end on the wands where I painted the gold you can see to give them more of a 3D look then they already had.
For the other end, the kids went out and grabbed a few little rocks and we glued them in. One of the kids use a small gem for theirs, and one of the kids didn’t want anything and I filled the end with hot glue. These really feel like they were made out of wood.
They spent all day playing with them.
One final step that I have not done yet but will when I can get them back is to take a few small drops of black paint and mix it in a lot of water to create a wash. I want to “antique” them some and so I will brush the paint water on and then wipe it off so it creates an antiquing effect.
Cost of a fancy Harry Potter wand: $40 x 7 kids = $280!
Total cost of our Harry Potter wands: $21 for 7!
I am assuming you have a glue gun in those calculations! I had to buy some paint, the gems, and more glue sticks. Total saved = $259. Now if I can just figure out how to make them light up!
They look pretty awesome!! I grew up with HP. I remember going to Barnes and Noble at midnight to get the books.
Houstonmama Charity says
Those are great!
They look awesome!! I think they look better than the ones you can buy. They really did come out good. Thanks for all the frugal craft ideas I love it since I am not crafty and have a hard time coming up with ideas.
They did a fantastic job! The joy in your daughter’s face tells me all I need to know on how much those wands are worth! 🙂
AWESOME!!! What a very clever idea…I must say this is one of the cleverest ideas I have seen on here where the kids can do this as well as the adults. Good for you…thanks for sharing and giving me an idea.
Karen Henrich says
I love this. I have been working on wands for my granddaughters wedding and have made several different types.. I love the dowel ones for older guests and made wands out of paper for younger guests. The wedding is this weekend, I can’t wait to see how they go over.. I am so excited. Thank you for your help.
There are ways to make them light up! Check out this craft that uses led’s and copper tape:
So cool! Thanks for sharing!