How to Make a Harry Potter Wand

    by William Jackson

    About the Author

    William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.


    It doesn't take a wizard to make a Harry Potter Wand -- just some paper, glue and a little paint. A little imagination helps finish off the details, like adding bumps, lumps and a little bend as well as some metallic highlighting. This Harry Potter wand is easy and inexpensive enough to make by the dozen to hand out as favors at a party or as fun decorations for a special movie night.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper
    • Double-sided tape
    • Glue sticks
    • Glue gun
    • Brown spray paint
    • Black acrylic paint
    • Gold or silver marker

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    Lay a strip of double-sided tape diagonally across a sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

    Roll one half of the diagonal side of paper tightly, using the strip of tape as the center point and leaving one end slightly looser than the other to create a tapered look.

    Spread glue across the remaining half of the paper, and then continue rolling all the way to the opposite corner.

    Cut off the ends of the wand to make them even, if necessary.

    Fill the openings on both ends of the wand with glue using a glue gun. To avoid using too much glue, you can stuff pieces of tissue paper into the larger opening using a pencil.

    Wait for the glue to harden.

    Texture the paper to look like Harry Potter's wand, with lots of bumps and lumps on the handle, by applying strips of glue from the glue gun along the surface.

    Apply a layer of brown spray paint to the wand's surface, and wait for the paint to dry.

    Mix together three parts black acrylic paint and one part water to create a glaze.

    Paint the wand with black paint, working in small sections, and wiping some of the paint away with a clean rag to create depth and texture.

    Decorate the wand with gold marker or gold gel pen where desired.

    • Apply a coat of white or gray glaze to give the wand an aged appearance.
    • Don't apply thick coats of paint or saturate the paper too heavily or it could begin to sag.