DIY Harry Potter Wand

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DIY Harry Potter wands are perfect for your next movie night, Harry Potter party or just some rainy day fun! No two wands will turn out exactly the same and the grownups will have just as much fun making their own wand as the kids will!

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DIY Harry Potter Wands leaning against books

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fan. In fact, my whole family is a little obsessed. We’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies, read the books and made more than our fair share of visits to the Wizarding World at Universal Studios.

Of course, we love making Harry Potter crafts too! Little wizards and muggles alike will love making their own Harry Potter wands. Not only is this idea perfect for some rainy day fun but it makes a great birthday party activity too. You can even whip up a few of these Harry Potter recipes to enjoy while you’re crafting.

The fun part about these DIY Harry Potter wands is that you can get as creative as you want. Try to recreate Harry’s want or make your own version. No two wands will turn out exactly the same and each one has it’s own special magic!  

What You Need To Make A DIY Harry Potter Wand

DIY Harry Potter Wand supplies
  • Wooden sticks
  • Gemstones
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Gold and silver metallic paint
  • Ribbon, rope or suede cord
  • Glitter (optional)

Tips and Tricks

  • The first thing you’ll do is pick your stick and you’ll want to choose the right one. The more knobs and imperfections it has, the better. They give your want a more natural, rustic feel.
  • The type of wood doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s strong and has tight bark that’s not falling off. If it flakes off, it may take some of the magic along with it.
  • You can use layers of hot glue to sculpt your wand handles into different shapes. Pile layers to make gems look deep set or create sections that are slightly wider. Use different paints and ribbon to make it unique and you can even add glitter to give it a bit of sparkle!

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DIY Harry Potter Wand

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
This Harry Potter wand craft is the perfect craft for both younger and older kids. With just a few supplies and a little time, you've got a fun birthday party activity or a great way to entertain the kids on a rainy day.




  • Start by making the handle. Apply hot glue around the bottom third of your stick, adding extra for a better grip and more texture.
    Hot glue applied to wooden stick
  • Using the hot glue, apply gems and adjust the shape of the wand as needed.
    Gemstones being glued to wooden stick
  • Paint the handle and top of the wand with whatever base coat color you choose. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
    Painting the handle of a DIY Harry Potter wand
  • Use metallic paint to lightly brush over the raised areas, giving the want an antique look. Give the wand a couple minutes more to dry.
    Painting handle of DIY Harry Potter wand with metallic paint
  • If you want to add a little sparkle, use a little bit of hot glue or Mod Podge to attach glitter, gems, ribbon, rope and/or suede.
    Suede ribbon wrapped around Harry Potter wand
  • Let your wands dry overnight (or if you need to make magic happen in a hurry, dry them with a hairdryer). Once dry, you're ready to start casting spells!
    DIY Harry Potter Wand leaning against book


  • If your stick has bark, make sure it's tightly attached. If it starts to flake off after you make your wand, it'll take the decorations with it. You can always smooth it down with a little sand paper.
  • If you can't find sticks (or just don't have time to go foraging for them), you can substitute chopsticks or wooden dowels instead.

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As you can see, we used different base colors, starting with a more neutral color for our first wand and switching it up with purple paint for some others.

DIY Harry Potter Wands laying on book

Whether you’re making this fun craft for a Harry Potter birthday party or as Halloween crafts, everyone will love having their very own wizard wands. Now grab yours, give us your best “wingardium leviosa” and make a little magic happen!

DIY Harry Potter Wands of varying colors

I think what we love most about this Harry Potter craft idea is that we can make as many as we want!

What kind of wand would you make?

Light brown Harry Potter wand with jewel

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