How to Make a Royal Scepter

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One of the three components of crown jewels in the European tradition, a scepter rod is a symbol of royal power and wealth. A jeweled scepter is also an important component of theatrical or Halloween costumes, as well as in children's play that involves kings, queens, princes and princesses.

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Get crafty and use this DIY tutorial to create your own inexpensive, yet extravagant-looking scepter DIY craft using common craft supplies and costume jewelry pieces.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clear glass or plastic sphere, 3 to 5 inches tall

  • 20-inch length of PVC pipe, 2-inch diameter

  • Quick-set epoxy

  • Silver jewelry wire

  • Pearl or crystal beads

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Large glass marble

  • Jewelry rhinestones

  • Thin craft rope

  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun

  • Masking tape

  • Newspaper

  • Silver spray paint

Attach the sphere to the PVC pipe

Attach the glass or plastic sphere to the end of the PVC pipe using epoxy. Apply the epoxy generously to the edge of the pipe. Glue by placing the pipe over the sphere and pressing down rather than the other way around. Hold the pipe in place until the epoxy sets. Let cure fully before continuing.

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Wrap the pipe with the wires

Wrap the four pieces of jewelry wire around the end of the pipe just below the sphere to form arms that wrap up and around the sphere. Tightly wrap the end of each wire length once it's around the pipe; then bend outward. Repeat with the other three wires, spacing them so that the ends stick out at evenly spaced points around the circle of the pipe and the sphere. Apply a few dots of epoxy to the wire coils where they touch the pipe to secure them in place.

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Add beads to the wire arms

Bead the wire arms. Fill them with crystal or pearlescent beads, loading the arms almost to the tip. Leave just enough wire at each end to bend it into a small twist with the needle-nosed pliers, securing the beads in place.

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Wrap the sphere with beaded arms

Wrap the beaded arms around the sphere. Secure them to the sphere with a dot of epoxy at the end of each arm.

Glue the marble to the dowel

Glue the marble to the opposite end of the dowel. Do this in the same way that you attached the large sphere.

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Spiral the rope around the scepter

Wrap the rope around the length of the scepter to form a spiral. Coil the end of the rope at the end of the PVC pipe where the marble is glued. Use tacky glue to secure the rope in place. Coil it once around the base of the pipe; then wrap up the length of the pipe to the top.

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  • Wrap around the pipe as frequently as you want to shape the coils of the spiral as close to each other as you like.
  • Wrap the rope once around the pipe at the top of the scepter, below the large sphere, and glue.
  • Add glue along the coiling length of the rope on the pipe as well, applying it beneath the rope.

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Add rhinestone cabochons

Glue rhinestone cabochons to the rope loops on the scepter below the large sphere and above the marble. Use craft glue.

Mask the scepter

Apply masking tape to all the parts of the scepter that you don't want painted. Tear tiny strips and patches of tape to cover the rhinestones and marble. Wrap the large sphere and its beaded arms in newspaper and masking tape.

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Spray paint the scepter

Spray paint the scepter with silver paint. Spray one side, let it dry fully, and then turn it over to spray the other side. Let dry.

Remove the wrappings

Remove the masking tape and newspaper.

Finish your DIY scepter’s look

Complement your royal scepter with any of a number of costumes. It makes a perfect prop as a wizard staff or a rod for Maleficent or other Disney royalty and villains. It also serves well for royal personages, such as the Queen of Hearts in ​Alice in Wonderland​, for bad guys like Loki, or even as a magic wand for witches and warlocks.

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