Okay. So you might have seen an earlier post I did about nice, time-consuming gift wands that are full of love and care.
These are different.
Not that they can’t be chock full of love and care, but the point of these wands are that they’re cheap, quick, and you can do them in bulk for parties, Harry Potter bookstore events, or so that you can toss them in handfuls to strangers (I don’t recommend that last one, you might put someone’s eye out).
Anyway, we did this cost effective version for the Cursed Child midnight release event at my old store in Alabama and they were a hit. We probably made close to a hundred or a hundred and fifty, with three or so of us working off and on for like two work days (on our breaks, of course). That was plenty for the crowd the event drew and for the staff, who were all over the moon to be working something so magical.
What you’ll need:
- Wooden chopsticks (a cursory glance at Amazon tells me you can literally order 100 pairs of them for $2, hence the affordability of this version of wand making)
- A hot glue gun
- Plenty of hot glue sticks
- Acrylic paint (though there’s a lot of wiggle room on what colors)
So let’s get started.
Step 1: Hot Glue
Unlike with the time-consuming wands where you had to sand them down first, you get to hop straight into the hot glue process here. Basically take your chopsticks out of whatever sheath they were packaged in, and begin crafting the handle with the hot glue. Literally the sky is the limit here (especially if you have a Firebolt) and there are TONS of different ways to style the glue. If you need some guidance to get your creativity going, I go way more in depth about the “art” of crafting handles here.
Once you have several designs, finished, you’re ready for the next big thing!
Step 2: Painting
Just like with hot glue designs, there are tons of ways to stylize the wands with paint. The ones pictured at the top of the page were done realistically, with lots of black, brown, and hints of red or grey. But you could throw in greens, yellows, reds, and blues if you wanted your wands to represent the Houses. You could get inspired by the different “cores” used in wand lore, like Veela hair, thestral mane, and phoenix feather. What would the wands with those cores look like? Would they have their own personality? Likewise, you could even exaggerate the different shades of the wood used traditionally: oak, ash, yew, holly–the list goes on.
That being said, the key here is to be fast. Don’t over think it. If you don’t like the way the wand looks before the paint goes on, you’d be surprised how much better it looks after the paint is applied. And if you still don’t like it, I can almost guarantee someone else will. Like I said at the beginning we made a TON of these things and there were plenty I had crafted that I thought looked less than stellar. But we’d be in the middle of the sorting ceremony and a kid would get to choose a wand and they would grab the one I had hated and that face would just light up because to that kid, it was perfect. And that’s really the point of all this.
So be patient, be creative, and be fast. The faster you work, the less time you have to think about how you’re sure you messed the last handle up (you didn’t) or mixed the paint colors wrong (not possible).
You’ve got this.
Thanks for reading,