These make great addition to wizard costumes, especially great if you have a child wanting to be a character from “Harry Potter” for Halloween.
- Hot Glue Gun (low temp is fine)
- Acrylic Paint in wood colors
- Dowel rod (12″ or 14″ long, 5/16″ diameter – this diameter is sturdy without being fat)
- Beads, broken necklaces, other textured objects
- Crayon sharpener
Use the crayon sharpener to round one end of the dowel rod. This will be the unglued end.
Cover the top 3″ of the dowel rod in hot glue. You can give it a relatively even covering or make swirls or knots. You’ll need to gently rotate the dowel rod to keep the glue from running out of the place you want it to stay. The glue will partially set within a minute or two (you can speed this up by using a fan – just be careful not to blow the glue off the dowel rod).
Once the glue is set enough it will not stick to your hands, do any additional shaping you would like to the glue blob. You can also use things like cardboard, palette knives, or other smooth objects to help you shape the glue while it is more malleable. If you wish to add beads or chain for texture, do so before the glue is “finger safe” to ensure a strong bond.
Let it cool/dry completely (this will take at least an hour – depending on the thickness of the glue). I find the easiest way to store wands as they are curing is to gently punch the unglued end into a piece of Styrofoam block. The packing Styrofoam from your last larger electronics purchase will work great.
Paint them. Take your time and get a lot of paint on the wand. It is fine for brush texture to show, as it will add to the wood grain feel of the finished wand. The easiest way to get a good coverage without making a mess is to paint the wands in two steps. First, paint the top 2/3 of the wand. Then leave them to dry overnight (again, the Styrofoam block holds them well). The next day remove the wands from the Styrofoam and paint the ends of the wands (make sure all the Styrofoam is off the wood first of course). Then you can lay the wands on the edge of a table to dry (the heavier dry end will balance the newly painted end hanging off the side of the table).