Wands have been around for centuries, but today people associate them mostly with magicians. Magic wands are meant to really focus the wizard's energy and intention during a ritual or spell. Still functional for practitioners of Wiccan rituals and stage magicians, the wand can also be a fun toy for children.
Making a wand is easy, and creating it yourself means it is a more personal reflection of the user. If you are ready to add some magic to your life, here is how to get started.
Things You'll Need
- Wood dowel
- Colored spray paint, black or other color of your choice
- Hot glue
- Spray glue
- Metallic paints
- Small paintbrushes
Pick up a wood dowel of the length and diameter of your choice. You can find dowels at craft or hardware stores, or purchase them online (see Resources below). Choose a dowel that feels right in your hand. It should feel light and well-balanced. Try one that's at least 36 inches long.
Lay the dowel on some newspaper and spray paint it with your chosen color. Black works well, as does a natural wood stain color. Spray or stain one side of the dowel and allow to dry thoroughly before rotating it to complete the paint job. Dry thoroughly.
Add enhancements to your wand with the metallic paints and glitter. You can create scrolls or dots all over your wand to give it your own personal style and look.
Make it sparkle. If you don’t want to paint your wand, apply glitter over the whole wand by using a spray glue and a glitter shaker. Spray the glue over one side of the wand and then shake the glitter over the wand surface. Shake off when dry and do the other side of the wand.
Hot glue narrow colored or metallic ribbons onto one end of the wand to give it extra flair when waved about. Simply cut a length of ribbon about 20 inches long and attach to the end of the wand with a dot of hot glue. You can mix colors to make it even more elaborate.
Tips & Warnings
- Wands can also be made from glass or plastic dowels for a different look.
- Be sure to spray or stain the ends of the dowel.
- Adorn the end of your wand with beads, stars or suns you can buy at a local craft supply store.
- Be sure dowels are smooth or sand them before painting to insure safety.