DIY Harry Potter Wands

Tutorial to make these diy wands for your Harry Potter party

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This weekend Milo is having a very belated birthday party (his actual birthday was back in May, but we waited until now for the party for assorted reasons too boring to get into). He just turned eleven so, naturally, he’s having a Harry Potter party. Next week I’ll be back with a full recap of the whole thing, but today I’m going to preview it a bit by telling you how I made the wands.

I thought for sure there would be a source of cheap but decent looking party favor wands out there, but my Amazon/Etsy/Oriental Trading searches came up empty (at least in our price range), so I had to get all crafty. I liked the idea of chopsticks because they’re already basically the right shape (as opposed to just using dowels, for example), but they seemed a little skimpy for the mostly tween pack of kids we’re expecting. Then I did a search for “long chopsticks” on Amazon and came up with these fifteen inch bamboo cooking chopsticks (they say 13 inch in the description, but the packaging said 15 when they got here. I haven’t actually measured them). They’re an add on item (which means you can get them with Prime free shipping, but only if you’re spending at least $25), but since I needed so many pairs that worked out fine. And at $3.91/pair, it brought the price down to what I wanted to spend. (Update: it looks like those are out of , but I found these that look similar for $3.50 a pair).

At first I thought I’d just stain them in a couple of different colors and call it good, but then a little googling revealed that lots of people use hot glue to make the handle part of the wand, and I thought this sounded both brilliant and easy. I didn’t use any particular tutorial–in fact, most of the ones I found on Pinterest went to questionable and useless source pages–if you are the first person who came up with this idea, then you’re a genius and I’m sorry I’m not linking to your tutorial, if you wrote one. I’ll just tell you how I did it.



15″ bamboo cooking chopsticks (or these)

Assorted colors of brown acrylic paint (I just bought the cheapest kind they had at Michaels)

foam brushes

hot glue gun and glue sticks

glossy spray sealant


It’s fairly self-explanatory from here, but I’ll go ahead and explain anyway.

First you heat up the glue gun and put hot glue all over the “handle” part of the wand. It will look like crap when it’s still glue-colored, but once you get the paint on there it will look way better (although still “rustic”).

Here’s the first one I did:


It takes quite a bit of glue (I probably used 2 full sticks on the more…..glue-y ones). Be careful not to burn yourself. If you get it at just the right time, when the glue’s pretty set but not all the way set, you can roll it on some paper or between your hands to smooth it out some. But don’t burn yourself! I experimented with different patterns. Some I put lots of glue all over. I did a couple in a spiral pattern. Some I just did glue in two spots to differentiate the handle part.

Then you paint. I used solid colors on some of the wands, and for others I kind of swirled two different browns together to get a more variegated look. I went back with a q-tip to get some of the hard to reach places where the glue was.


Then lay them all out on newspaper and spray a few coats of the sealant on (I sprayed one side a few times, let it dry, flipped them over to do the other side, then repeated a couple of times). All done!

wands22s wands21s wands06s


Read more about Milo’s Harry Potter Party:

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DIY Harry Potter Wands — 46 Comments

  1. THESE ARE AWESOME. we have been watching the series- i was never into it but trying to be for the kids. we are going to start reading together as a family, too.

  2. Someone get me some black round glasses and a lightning bolt scar I’m ready to cast a spell! Seriously these turned out amazing!

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  4. I wonder if wooden skewers would work if you rounded the point. They come in bulk packaging and are way less expensive. Also, the wands in the movies also have detailing on the wand itself. How would it be if you followed your process right up to the sealant, and then added more hot-melt to the handle over the paint and added some detailing down the painted wand as well, and then used two colors to increase the depth of of color and texture. These are really great, and while I’ve used hot glue to sculpt before, I would not have thought of this. When I first looked at it, I thought it might be Fimo, but this is really better. :-)

    • Yeah, I think a lot of different things would work well….I also saw a lot made with shorter chopsticks, which are much cheaper, too. I think you’re right, too, that if you spent some more time and worked with the glue and paint more, you could come up with something really realistic and impressive–if I’d been making one for a costume instead of 14, I might have taken a little more time with it :). Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. My 7 year old has been asking for a HP bday party, so thanks for this awesome post!! I’m about 1/2 way thru glueing & I can tell they’re going to be amazing! I lucked out & a local Chinese restaurant gave me a handful of free chopsticks when I inquired about buying some. Woohoo!!!

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  10. You can also make these using a tightly rolled piece of A 4 paper, rolled on the diagonal. I use this for smaller children, if I am worried they may take someone’s eye out. I have also used buttons and acorns caps as ends for the wands, and added gold leaf detail. I love making these.

  11. I did this for my cousin when she was 12, She has graduated High School since, so that ought to tell you how long ago. I used polymer clay for a longer lasting and more heat resistant result. While it doesn’t offer as textured a result as the glue can, at least not without some banging and sculpting, it lets you get a smoother result. The wood bakes just fine! After you paint it, you can go over it with a dark wash or a black wash. It will really bring out the detail on the grooves. Also using Testor’s wet coat sealer gives the wand a really rich finish. Get som heavy card stock and fold a box and you can have a wand box as well.

  12. Is there any other glue which can be used in place of hot glue but it gives the same texture ? Im dreading to have a wand ! Looking forward to a helpful response

    • Sorry for the late response–I was on a bit of a vacation for the holidays! I don’t really have a helpful answer, though, since I haven’t tried any other kind of glue…..I’m guessing it would be hard to get the same kind of texture with a different glue. Oh! someone else in the comments mentioned using paintable caulk instead of hot glue, though–hth!

  13. That’s so cool! For my Harry Potter party, I used sticks and wrapped them in glow in the dark lanyard and used the lanyard to make designs–that way each wand was a different size and a little bit of a different shape. These are super cool, though, and I would’ve done them if I had seen them before! Thanks for sharing, and awesome job! They look like the ones you can find for over $60!!!

  14. Omigod I am SO trying this. I am obsessed with Harry Potter (example: Hagrid’s mom’s name was Fridwulfa, I bet you didn’t know that). I REALLY need a real looking wand! Although I can’t buy those chopsticks, I do have 2 paintbrush handles without the actual brush part, so I’m going to use those, they are the perfect size and shape!

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