Low Tech / No Tech

Wands from Harry Potter

I got foot-long dowel sticks at Hobby Lobby, though there are also some tutorials online that say you can use paper rolled into a tight tube. The kids added texture using hot glue and, in some cases, a wooden bead on the handle end, and then they painted the whole thing. I also had some glitter hot glue sticks that I picked up at the dollar store, thinking they might come in handy, and they did, to the point where we are now out, and I have to try to track down some more!  - Alison Ching, Downing Middle School Library Media Specialist

Students at Downing Middle School creating a wand.

Students at Downing Middle School creating their Harry Potter wands.

Additional options for wands from Pinterest: 

  • easy: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/379569074820696566/ (paint, hot glue, dowel rods)
  • easy: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/203295370657554110/ (sticks, over, clay polymer, silicone mat, baking tray)
  • advanced: http://trillions.deviantart.com/art/Crafted-Magic-Wands-122806211 (wood carving, stain)
  • easy: http://hideousdreadfulstinky.com/2012/06/wand-tutorial-for-diy-craft-at-a-harry-potter-party.html (many cheap supplies you might have on hand)