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DIY @ Home Craft: Harry Potter Wand

stack of Harry Potter wands

July 25, 2020

July 31st is Harry Potter’s Birthday, and if you’re a fan like me, it’s a great excuse to celebrate all things Harry Potter! Since I became the Mosinee Branch Coordinator, I’ve tried to bring my love of the Harry Potter series to our branch. At the end of the July, we typically host a week-long celebration of crafts and activities (with costumes very welcome!) including a crowd favorite, wand making! While we can’t do our usual in-person programming this year, below are instructions on how to make your very own wand at home, along with some links for other activities to celebrate!

Instructions for Younger Children (No Hot Glue Involved!)

child version of Harry Potter wand craft

Supplies needed:

  • Short stick, chopstick or unsharpened pencil
  • Markers
  • Glitter, gems, beads, pipe cleaners and other craft supplies of your choosing
  • Tape or glue


  1. Gather a stick, chopstick, or pencil. Whatever you have lying around will do! 
  2. Using markers or paint, color your wand whatever color you’d like it to be.
  3. Next, if you have pipe cleaners, wrap them around the top of your wand to make your handle. Construction paper also works great. Glue down the ends as needed so it stays in place. Feel free to add beads or other adornments to the pipe cleaner as well.
  4. If you’ve got glitter at home, add some of that if you’d like, or any other decorative items available.
  5. When you’re all done decorating, don’t forget to practice your spell movements!

Instructions for Teens and Adults (hot glue required)

Supplies needed:

  • Short stick, chopstick or unsharpened pencil
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Paint or wood markers


  1. While continuously turning your wand, apply hot glue onto one end in whatever design you’d like. This will become your handle.
     Harry Potter wand craft  step 1
  2. Paint your wand with paint or use wood markers to color it whatever color you’d like. Now your wand is ready!
    Harry Potter wand craft  step 2

Looking for other ways to celebrate? Here are some ideas!


Adults Children Teens Tweens

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