Well, with Pottermania Invasion upon us once more, Miss Party figures there’s probably a few witches and wizards that could do with a new wand or maybe their first wand. The fun part of this project is seeing an amazingly authentic-looking, ‘wooden’ wand develop from a single piece of ordinary paper, but the very best part is keeping the wand’s secret about it’s humble beginnings!
There are quite a few steps to making the ‘faux wood’ wand, but none are very difficult so give it a try! Miss Party also suggests making 3 or 4 wands simultaneously: one to practice on; one that may not turn out great, and one or two that are just right. Miss Party notes that an adult should take care certain steps, and the kids can do most everything else with supervision, depending on their abilities. Your witches and wizards will want to be on hand, though, to supervise mum or dad. Allow a couple of hours to complete. The wands in the images above are about six years old and show little wear and tear; so, believe it or not, they’re quite durable (just not waterproof).
1 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of letter-sized paper per wand (using recycled paper is fine, just put glue on the printed side of the paper)
White, PVA liquid glue (ordinary school glue)
Hot glue gun, glue sticks
1 sheet of tissue paper
1 inch brush
Fine-point paint brush
Soft cloth rag
Acrylic Paint, in Brown and black (2-3 oz bottle from craft store)
Brown wood stain in desired wood type such as walnut, mahogany, etc. (2-3 oz bottle from craft store)
Metallic paint (small quantity needed)
1 small marble for the end of the wand, if desired
1) (Adult should probably do this step.) Smear a thin layer of white glue over the entire DIAGONAL right half of your sheet of paper. Turn the long edge, glued side of the paper towards you and begin rolling a tight cone shape (think of your wand’s tip being to your left and end being to your right). As you roll, make left half of wand very tight, and right half slightly looser so wand will be thicker at one end. Think about a slightly, conical shape as your end goal.
2) When you get to where your glue ends, hold rolled side for a minute or so for glue to set. Then smear a thin layer of white glue over remainder of paper and continue rolling tightly to the end. Be sure edges of paper are securely glued to wand’s body. Hold the edges with your fingers until set. Let fully dry for 20-30 minutes. Wand will become very stiff once glue is dry.
3) Trim a little off each end of wand to make them even. Heat glue gun and get your marble for the end, if desired.
4) (Adult’s job.) Now you’ll plug the ends of your wand with hot glue. With wand tip straight up, place a small bead of hot glue on the end and let it set and cool. Watch glue bead carefully to be sure it doesn’t dribble down the sides of the wand, if so, wipe away. Smooth the glue seams as it cools.
On the other end, fill center of the wand with small pieces of wadded tissue paper, use a pencil to push down into center. Drizzle hot glue into core of wand to plug. Let cool. Now is the time to glue your marble onto the end of wand if desired, recessed halfway. Otherwise, with the end of the wand STRAIGHT UP, put a large bead of hot glue across the end to create a rounded end, using your finger to adjust shape when glue is almost cool but still moldable. Let cool completely.
5) (Adult’s job, but great fun for witch or wizard to supervise and give direction.) Read through this step before beginning! Now you’ll be creating the surface detail that will later be painted with your metallic paint. Holding wand in one hand and glue gun in the other, slowly squeeze a string of glue around the center of the wand AS YOU ALSO SLOWLY ROTATE the wand with your finger and thumb. Try to keep glue bead even as you wind the wand around and create a pleasing pattern. A crisscrossing pattern is very attractive as you move towards the wand tip’s end, see images above. *It is VERY IMPORTANT to CONTINUE ROTATING WAND AS GLUE COOLS so that no one side begins to drip or dribble!!!
When the first section of beading has completely hardened, make another bead around the end of the wand. Let cool. Another decorative touch is to create a ‘tree knot’ in the ‘wood’. Put a small bead of hot glue randomly somewhere on the wand. Once cooled for a minute, but before hardened, place thumb into center of glue bead and press in, create an oval shape.
6) Paint entire wand with a base color of brown acrylic paint. Let dry.
7) Now, ‘age’ the wand with a wash of water-thinned, black paint. Paint a thin coat of black over the beaded areas, then quickly go back over them with a soft cloth to remove all paint from the ‘high’ surfaces. Leave the black paint to settle in the crevices of the beading to create ‘age’ and grime. Let dry.
8) Next step will create the ‘wood’ effect. Paint on a thin coat of wood stain over entire wand. Quickly wipe stain off the beaded areas and in crevices to let black come back through. Let dry.
9) Now for distressing the wand. Using a small, pointed paint brush and thinned black paint, dab and wipe to create aging and grime in crevices along wand and around beading. Quickly wipe away anything that doesn’t turn out quite right and try again.
10) The last and bestest step! With a fine-tip brush, carefully paint a thin layer of the metallic paint on beading swirls. Place the wand, tip down, into a short glass or mug to dry completely.
Class, wands up!!
http://www.instructables.com was used for basic directions with several deviations made by Miss Party.