Making Magic: Paper and Glue Wands

As this last week winds up our Summer, I am determined to slow down a bit, and enjoy my family.

Falafel came into the room and said she wanted to make wands (she has been listening to at least one of  the Harry Potter books on CD every day this Summer). I jumped at the chance to sit for a moment and craft with my girl (especially this one because it is one of my favorites).

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

If you need a tutorial to make your own, you can see mine here. You can also see some others we made here. All you need to make these is paper, hot glue, and paint. We also used tissue paper (for stuffing) and tape (to hold them tight). Oh and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I made this one. I love making them bronze. I have no idea why. Just seems magical to me. My Falafel, on the other hand, made hers a dark sparkly green/brown. She also made hers much shorter and wider. This is a craft of much creative freedom.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I absolutely love the simplicity, and ease of making these. We always have materials to make them, so the convenience factor really pushes this one to the top of my list.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

Falafel said that hers reminds her of a flute, and she likes the way mine turned out, so of course I said that she could have them both. She has  been casting spells and pretending to play the flute like Hagrid ever since.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

It is amazing how making time to sit and create with my child helps me recharge. Did I need to make a wand? Probably not. But did I NEED to MAKE a wand? Absolutely.

What is YOUR favorite craft to make with your children?

Wizard Wand Tutorial

You may have seen this the first time around, but I thought it was totally appropriate for this upcoming holiday to re-post it!

Please let me know of you try it.

Enjoy!

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Wizard Wand Making Tutorial:

Construction paper

Tape (all I had was blue painter’s tape, but any will do)

Hot glue

Tissue paper (or paper towels/napkins/toiletpaper)

Paint

Acrylic clear matte varnish (optional)

So easy to make these and they are so adorable magical.

Originally, I found the tutorial over at dadscando.com, but haven’t referenced it in quite a few years. These have become second nature when we need a quick wand (and who doesn’t?)!

If you’d like to get some inspiration, check out their project page. These are awesome.

On to assembly.

Roll a piece of construction paper tightly into wand shape, and tape.

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Next, stuff torn up pieces of tissue paper (or paper towels or napkins) into your tube so that it is packed tightly and feels solid. Careful not to shove too much in at once. Construction paper can tear!

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Now, take your glue gun and fill in the top and bottom of the wand.

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

That looks so cool.

Then (once that has dried a bit) continue down the wand making a design with your glue.

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

{No, the wands aren’t magically changing colors (although that would be amazing). We did two.}

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

After all that hot glue dries, coat entire wand with white acrylic paint. I started painting with brown, but then realized it would be better to prime it first, so it looks a bit mixed.

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Once that dries, get creative. Paint as outrageously as you want! We coated ours afterward with some acrylic matte varnish to seal it for durability, but this is optional. The paint holds up pretty well on its own.

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

And then, start playing!

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Is that the hand of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? Totally white enough. Maybe these wands can make the sun come out in the Pacific Northwest!

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

Or not. But it still looks fantastic!

Paper and Glue wand tutorial

If you decide to try this tutorial, please let me know!

I showed you my wand… I’d love to see yours! heh.

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