There are a lot of DIY Harry Potter crafts on the internet for making wizard wands, but most of them use advanced materials like hot glue sticks, clay, and other materials that can make it difficult for a little child to create himself or herself.
Instead, my vision for this simple wand craft was for a group of young children at a Harry Potter party or in the classroom to be able to both determine their Hogwarts house of choice and be able to put together a unique wand inspired by that house in a short amount of time. Then, the children can play with their wands thereafter, or even use them for even more Harry Potter-inspired activities.
To make these DIY wands, I used wooden tree bark pencils and long chopsticks to form the base of the wand itself, accompanied by some easy (and clean) materials for decorating the wand, including erasers, duct tape, acrylic paint pens, and washi tape, all of which you can buy quickly and easily on Amazon. (No glitter, paint, or other messy materials needed!)
Depending on what you purchase, you can make about a dozen or two dozen wands for about $25-$30 dollars.
I especially love the idea of using the wooden tree bark pencils (that look like the natural wood used to make the “real” Harry Potter wands in the movies) if you are doing multiple Harry Potter crafts with children thereafter. When designing this tutorial, I envisioned children creating their own unique wand, then using it to perform additional activities, like casting Harry Potter spells or writing spells of their own.
Below is exactly how to make these easy DIY Harry Potter wands (including the details of the four Hogwarts houses and the five most popular wizard spells for easy reference), followed by the exact items I used to make the wands.
How to Make DIY Harry Potter Wands
Shop Materials for DIY Harry Potter Wands
Below are the exact products I used to create these DIY Harry Potter wands, with some tips to help you choose the materials that are best for you. You can buy them all quickly and easily on Amazon.
For the actual wand itself, you can use either these specific long wooden chopsticks (10 total in a pack; 8.8 inches long) or these tree bark wooden pencils (12 total in a pack; 7 inches long. The chopsticks are easier to paint, and I like that they are multi-colored, but I also love that the pencils look like real Harry Potter carved wooden wands and that they are usable after the craft is completed. Both options work really well overall.
For the wand handles, you can use either these specific star erasers (48 multi-colored pieces) or this brown duct tape. The erasers contain enough colors to match all the Hogwarts houses, but they ONLY fit on the chopsticks (not the pencils). The brown duct tape can easily wrap around both the pencils and the chopsticks.
You can decorate your Harry Potter wands with these specific acrylic paint pens and/or these rolls of washi tape. The pens work best on the chopsticks, and the tape works well on both the pencils and the chopsticks. I chose both of these specific options because they contain all the colors you need to represent the four Hogwarts houses.
Make DIY Harry Potter Wands
- Long chopsticks and/or wooden tree bark pencils for the wands
- Star pencil top erasers (or brown duct tape) for the wand handles
- Acrylic paint pens in Hogwarts house colors to decorate the wands
- Washi tape in Hogwarts house colors to decorate the wands
- Give each child a long chopstick or wooden tree bark pencil to use as his or her own Harry Potter wand.
- Help the child choose his or her Hogwarts house and make sure he or she knows the colors to use to symbolize that Hogwarts house.
- If you are using long chopsticks, give each child a star eraser matching the color of his or her Hogwarts house to serve as a handle for the wand. Or, if you are using either long chopsticks or wooden tree bark pencils, wrap the thicker end of the chopstick or pencil with brown duct tape to create a wand handle.
- Give each child acrylic paint pens and washi tape in the colors of his or her Hogwarts house, and then let the kids decorate their own unique wands.
- Enjoy your DIY Harry Potter wands for casting spells and other really magical tricks from the wizarding world!
Hogwarts House Reference Guide
- Gryffindor: Gryffindor colors are red and gold, which are connected to the element of fire. It is the house of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, and it's wizards are brave and daring.
- Slytherin: Slytherin colors are green and silver, connected to the element of water. It is the Hogwarts house of Draco Malfoy, and it's wizards value ambition, leadership, self-preservation, cunningness, and resourcefulness.
- Ravenclaw: Ravenclaw colors are blue and bronze, connected to the element of air. It is the Hogwarts house of Mister Ollivander and Luna Lovegood, and it's wizards value intelligence, knowledge, curiosity, creativity, and wit.
- Hufflepuff: Hufflepuff colors are yellow and black, connected to the elements of wheat and soil. It is the house of Cedric Diggory and Nymphadora Tonks, and it's wizards value hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play.
Popular Harry Potter Spells
- Expecto Patronum: (most popular) uses a happy memory to conjure something positive
- Wingardium Leviosa: (Hermione's favorite) used for levitating objects
- Expelliarmus: disarms an opponent
- Lumos: create a blast of light
- Accio: summons objects at will
Now your DIY Harry Potter wands are complete!
Related Harry Potter Posts
If you liked this Harry Potter post, you will love these Harry Potter posts to pair with your wands:
- Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or another book from the Harry Potter boxed set.
- Cook or bake Harry Potter-inspired food to eat while you craft.
- Use your wand to create this Hermione Granger costume.
- Wear your wand to a Harry Potter exhibit.
- After you make your Hogwarts House wand, paint Hogwarts house themed nails or make this Harry Potter Christmas ornament.