A DIY Magic Wand for Young Wizards

In case you haven't heard, there is a movie premiering today which has a few people pretty excited. The final Harry Potter flick is finally hitting the screens and kids of all ages (37, in this case) are looking forward to it with a wee bit of anticipation. If your family is planning to line up at the theaters this weekend, why not arrive prepared for anything that may slither your way? Show your kids who is top wizard by making them their own magic wands. You can make them in an afternoon with materials on hand and they look great!

Kaptin Scarlet over at Instructables came up with this quick and exceedingly clever way to make very convincing magic wands simply using paper, paint and a hot glue gun. His step-by-step tutorial is very well done and will have you--er, I mean your kids---weaving spells in no time. While he uses a rolled-up sheet of paper for his wand, I have access to plenty of gnarled old sticks from the woods around my house and use them instead to make the project even easier and quicker to complete.

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I have given these as gifts to my nieces and they are a big hit. I always provide two so they can duel with their friends, and package them with a little warning written in calligraphy on parchment, sealed with wax for authenticity. It's a fun project with great results, and let's face it, this is the perfect weekend to get your wand on.

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(Image 1: Kaptin Scarlet at Instructables. All other images: Richard Popovic)

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