Being a Harry Potter series fan, I can say that this DIY wand hits a soft spot for me. And with Halloween just around the corner, this would really make for an awesome fugitive-in-muggle-world costume for this year’s party.

So, without further ado, let me show you how you can make this wand in three easy steps, without having to take a trip to Diagon Alley.

dowel rod

For the first step you’ll need a 12” piece of dowel rod and some 80 grit sandpaper. Take the rod and start sanding down one of the sides to shape it almost like a torpedo.

wand tip

The easiest way to shape the tip like this is to stick the sandpaper to the work table and sand the dowel on it. This way you will have better control over the overall shape and symmetry.

dowel rod and wand

When you’re satisfied with the shape after sanding, give the wand a quick cleaning to get rid of the sawdust and it’s time for the second step, which is staining.

staining the wand

For this you’ll need some wood stain of your choosing. I used some Minwax espresso 273 wood finish and a rag to wipe it down and give it this aged look. If you want, you can apply more stain on the handle to make it look more used and antique.

vine embellishment on wand

After it dries for an hour or two, you can take the last step of the process, which is embellishing.

My inspiration was Hermione’s wand, which is hand-carved to look like it is entwined in ivy. So I used some flat paper rope and a bit of craft glue to wrap it around the wand and replicate that effect.

Fun fact – J. K. Rowling used a Celtic calendar to assign Hermione’s wand wood based on her date of birth. Vine corresponds to those born between the 2nd and 29th of September.

finished wand

And that’s it, you just made yourself a wand. Now you can show off your wizarding skills when trick-or-treating on Halloween night and no one would suspect a thing.


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