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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 07:08 AM)
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Wizard's Wands

Make your own beautiful wizard’s wand

image One of the first shops that Harry Potter visited when Hagrid took him to Diagon Alley was Ollivanders, the wand shop to buy his most important possession, his wand. Wands can be made from a variety of materials, after all Hagrid used an old umbrella as a wand! Yours will be made from paper. But do not be deceived it will be every bit as magical as the real wands used in the film, and if you make it carefully will look just as good.

Because glue is used on the paper to harden it, this wand is a made of a type of papier mache. You can paint your want in any colour you want, and the instructions show you how to make you wand look distressed (that is a technical term that furniture makers use to describe the process of artificially aging an item), and really ancient; fit for Harry Potter himself.

The wand painting is built up in three layers. When painting the wand make sure you use paints that dry to be water proof, otherwise the next layer you put on will wipe off the previous layer. Paints you can use are acrylic, decorating emulsion and or spray paint.

To create the gold highlights on the detailing you can use a gold felt pen, gold gel pen, gold nail varnish (if you’re careful) or if you want the exact gold effect shown in the photos, then you should use a special gold rubbing paste (I used a product called Gold Finger from Daler Rowney), which frame makers use to make picture frame look golden. But any thick gold paint will do and you can put it on with your finger, if you’re careful. For the really special silver metallic effect I used silver-leaf, you could also use gold-leaf. This isn’t expensive, and is not at all necessary, but it is nice to try it if you have the chance. (if you are going to use gold or silver leaf, then ask in the art shop or look on the web for instructions on how to apply it. It’s not hard, but you will need a small pot of gold size (an artists liquid glue that dries tacky).

If you don’t have any of this stuff, then you can still make a lovely wand following the instructions, and all of the stuff discussed here can be bought off the web or from a good art shop.

The picture below shows the basic steps of the wand making, which are:

1. Roll the paper into a thin slightly tapered tube, gluing the last third with PVA

2. Trim the thin tube to give straight ends

3. Fill each end with glue gun glue and make a glue gun pattern on the surface, carefully turning the wand as you gently squeeze the glue out of the glue gun

4. Spray the wand with spray paint or paint with decorating emulsion or acrylic base coat to seal the paper

5. Paint and distress the wand and colour features with gold or silver.




For a more detailed set of instructions and an explanation of how to do the distressing, which is very easy and great fun, please see the instruction sheet. Wand making instructions are available in both A4 and US Letter sizes.



Before you download, have a look at these wands. They are just some of the beautiful wands that dadcando visitors have made from these simple instructions. The range of styles and the incredible quality are amazing; they could easily be film props, and all you need is a sheet of paper, a glue gun and some paint. Click here to see more of those wonderful wands and what their makers had to say about them. Then make one yourself.

If you make a wand or any of the things on dadcando, please send us a picture so that we can put it up on line to show everyone what you’ve made. Click here , give us some details of what you have done and your email address and we’ll email you back with a contact email so that you can send us your pictures.



These are just some of the beautiful wands that you have made from this very popular dadcando wizarding project. The range of styles and the high quality are amazing. Click here to see more of those wonderful wands and what their makers had to say about them. Then make one yourself.

If you make a wand or any of the things on dadcando, please send us a picture so that we can put it up on line to show everyone what you’ve made. Click here , give us some details of what you have done and your email address and we’ll email you back with a contact email so that you can send us your pictures.
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