Fedora and I want a magical wedding, complete with nods to our favorite geekdoms (including Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, and other magical books, shows, movies, and games). We also want decor and favors that our guests can engage in. Also, our budget is nil. So what better way to meet all these things than to handcraft wands our guests can take home?
Thankfully, making DIY wands is easy.
- A branch
- A hot glue gun and glue stick(s)
- Stuff for decoration (marbles, feathers, glitter, charms, rhinestones, beads, nail polish or paint, etc.)
Step 1: Collect branches.
Deadfall is fine, but old wood not ideal as it can be very breakable and these needed to withstand being transported and held. Also, my AMAZING co-worker brought in a box of madrona branches, which are even better because they are smooth-barked and a nifty ruddy hue.
You’re looking for a thickness of 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter. Smaller than that becomes a switch, larger than that becomes a club. It needs to fit comfortably in your hand.
Step 2: Trim length of each down to 13-15″ and cut off all the nubby offshoots, moss, etc.
You can sand them if you want to, but we didn’t have the time (plus, I like the look of natural bark). You especially want to make sure the thickest part (hand area) is comfortable to grip. You may also with the trim the end so it’s blunted, not pointy (especially if you expect either kids or drunk people to be handling them).
Step 3: Decorate! Our favorite place to start is by hot glueing a marble onto the handle end. You want to keep all the decorations between the end of the handle and halfway up the wand. Anything too close to the tip throws off the balance and looks odd.
- Put a dab of glue on the tip and quickly dip into glitter, flattening the glue dab and making the tip shimmer
- Swirl, curl, or streak patterns of hot glue along the handle (this is great if the wand is on the thin side, as it provides better grip)
- Blob glue down about an inch from the handle end, to look like melted candlewax
- Glue a charm or bead or stone at places where nubs were cut off. These work great in clusters
- Paint the fully-dried glue and/or wood directly with nail polish or paint (metallic, for a subtle look, or shimmer high contrast color for a magical fey appearance)
- Glue clusters of feathers onto where your thumb would go, or just above it
- “Cage” the marble with thin stripes of glue
If you have a wood burner, you can burn designs onto the wand. Or paint them, if you have paint markers.
Let your imagination go nuts!